NEXT STEPS FOR EXPANSION OF THE MEDICARE DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, PROSTHETICS, ORTHOTICS, AND SUPPLIES COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced plans to expand the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. This program is an essential tool to help Medicare set appropriate payment rates for DMEPOS items and services. Except in nine areas of the country where the program is now in effect for certain items, Medicare pays for DMEPOS items using a fee schedule that is generally based on historic supplier charges from the 1980s, increased by an annual covered item update factor. Numerous studies from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office have shown that the fee schedule amounts for certain DMEPOS items are excessive; taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries bear the burden of these excessive payments.

Please click here to read the entire CMS Press Release.

Please click here to read the list of devices and HCPCS Codes announced for Round II Competitive Bidding.

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