On March 7, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces plans to consolidate the competitive bidding areas (CBAs) included in the Round 2 Recompete and Round 1 2017 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program into a single round of competition named Round 2021. Round 2021 contracts are scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2021, and extend through December 31, 2023.
CMS is incorporating some important changes in the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program for Round 2021. These changes include several initiatives that are part of CMS' ongoing process improvements for the program, many of which are outlined in the revised federal regulations at 42 CFR subsections 414.414 and 414.416.
To ensure bidders have ample time to understand the new bidding rules and prepare for Round 2021, CMS has provided detailed fact sheets on the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website and will be offering additional educational resources. Refer to the timeline for the Round 2021 bidding schedule. Bidders may contact the CBIC customer service center at 877-577-5331 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time if they have questions or need assistance.
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