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All Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, & Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding contracts expired on December 31, 2018. As of January 1, 2019, there is a temporary gap in the entire DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) that will end on December 31, 2020. For additional information, please see the Temporary Gap Period (PDF) fact sheet.

On March 7, 2019, CMS announced plans to consolidate the competitive bidding areas (CBAs) included in the Round 2 Recompete and Round 1 2017 DMEPOS CBP into a single round of competition named Round 2021.

On October 27, 2020, CMS announced the single payment amounts for the Off-The-Shelf (OTS) Back Braces and OTS Knee Braces product categories included in Round 2021 of the DMEPOS CBP and began awarding contracts in certain CBAs. There will be no competitive bidding contracts awarded for product categories other than OTS Back Braces and OTS Knee Braces in Round 2021. Please see the Fact Sheet (PDF) for additional details on Round 2021.

On November 20, 2020, CMS announced (PDF) the Round 2021 contract suppliers for the OTS Back Braces and OTS Knee Braces product categories under the DMEPOS CBP. Round 2021 will begin on January 1, 2021, and extend through December 31, 2023.

For more information on the DMEPOS CBP, please visit the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website.

The resources and instructions included throughout these web pages are primarily intended for the Non-Contract Supplier and Referral Agent Community. Medicare beneficiaries may visit  Medicare.gov - Opens in a new window  to learn more; Bidding and Contract Suppliers should utilize the CBIC website as their primary source of program information (see links in the "Related Links" section below).

The CBIC, under contract with CMS, is the official source for information regarding the DMEPOS CBP. CMS cautions suppliers that neither CMS nor the CBIC independently reviews or verifies information about potential inaccurate information concerning the DMEPOS CBP posted on websites other than the CBIC website or CMS.gov website.

Program Overview

The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program was mandated by Congress through the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). The statute requires that Medicare replace the current fee schedule payment methodology for selected Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) items with a competitive bid process. The intent is to improve the effectiveness of the Medicare methodology for setting DMEPOS payment amounts, which will reduce beneficiary out-of-pocket expenses and save the Medicare program money while ensuring beneficiary access to quality items and services.

Under the program, a competition among suppliers who operate in a particular competitive bidding area is conducted. Suppliers are required to submit a bid for selected products. Not all products or items are subject to competitive bidding. Bids are submitted electronically through a web-based application process. Bids are evaluated based on the supplier’s eligibility, its financial stability and the bid price. Contracts are awarded to the Medicare suppliers who offer the best price and meet applicable quality and financial standards. Contract suppliers must agree to accept assignment on all claims for bid items and will be paid the single payment amount.

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