NSC clarifies 21 Supplier Standards

Sunday, July 11, 2004

July 12, 2004

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The National Supplier Clearinghouse has collected comments on a draft document that provides additional guidance and clarity on how to interpret the 21 DMEPOS supplier standards.
Comments on the Draft Guidance were due June 28. A final draft that incorporates the comments is expected by year’s end.
“They didn’t rewrite the supplier standards — they are just better defining them,” said Seth Johnson, director of government affairs for Pride Mobility Products. “They are providing more clarity, which is good.”
For example: Supplier standard #4 states that a supplier must fill orders from his own inventory or contract with other companies for the purchase of items to fill those orders. The Draft Guidance states, among other things, that “to show compliance with this standard, a supplier must have at least  $25,000 of inventory in stock... If a supplier is unable to show $25,000 worth of inventory is already in stock, then the supplier must have contract(s) from other companies equaling this amount in credit.”