Registration is now open to all suppliers interested in participating in the Round 2 Recompete and the national mail-order recompete of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.
In order to submit a bid for the Round 2 Recompete and/or the national mail-order recompete, you must first register in the Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) online application. Once you have registered in IACS, you will receive a user ID and password to access the online DMEPOS Bidding System (DBidS). You must register even if you registered during a previous round of competition(Round 1 Recompete, Round 2, or the national mail-order competition). Only suppliers who have a user ID and password will be able to access DBidS; suppliers that do not register will not be able to bid.
If you are a supplier interested in bidding, register now – don’t wait. Designate one individual listed as an authorized official (AO) on your organization’s CMS-855S enrollment application in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) to act as your AO for registration purposes. The AO must be the first person in the organization to register in IACS. After an AO successfully registers, other individuals listed as an AO on the CMS-855S in PECOS may register as backup authorized officials (BAOs). The AO must approve a BAO’s request to register. For the AO and BAOs to register successfully, the name and Social Security number entered in IACS must match exactly with what is recorded on the CMS-855S and on file in PECOS. Individuals not listed as an AO on the CMS-855S in PECOS may register to serve as end users (EUs). The AO or a BAO must approve an EU’s request to register. Bidders are prohibited from sharing user IDs and passwords.
We strongly urge all AOs to register no later than January 6, 2015, to ensure that BAOs and EUs have time to register. We recommend that BAOs register no later than January 20, 2015, so that they will be able to assist AOs with approving EU registration before bidding begins on January 22, 2015.
Registration extends into the bidding period and will close on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015, at 9 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time– no AOs, BAOs, or EUs can register after registration closes. BIDDING WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015.
To register, go to the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website, www.dmecompetitivebid.com, click on Round 2 & National Mail-Order Recompete, and then click on "REGISTRATION IS OPEN” above the Registration clock. We strongly recommend that you:
- Review the IACS Reference Guide
- Watch the short and very helpful instructional video, “How to Register to Submit a Bid,” on your computer, tablet or phone, and
- Use the IACS: Getting Started Registration Checklist
The CBIC is the official information source for bidders. All suppliers interested in bidding are urged to sign up for “Email Updates” on the home page of the CBIC website. For information about the Round 2 Recompete and the national mail-order recompete, please refer to the bidder education materials on the CBIC website located under Round 2 & National Mail-Order Recompete> Bidding Suppliers. The CBIC participates in numerous educational events to assist stakeholders in understanding the rules that govern the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program. Visit the CBIC website for a listing and schedule of educational events under the Educational Information section of the Round 2 Recompete & National Mail-Order Recompete page.
In addition to viewing the information on the CBIC website, suppliers are encouraged to call the CBIC customer service center toll-free, at 1-877-577-5331, with their questions. During registration and bidding periods, the customer service center will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time.