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Target Deadline is Today for Authorized Officials to Register for DMEPOS Competitive Bidding

Today is the target deadline for all Authorized Officials (AOs) to register to bid in Round 1 2017 of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. Bidding begins on October 15, 2015. We strongly urge all AOs who have not already registered to register TODAY to ensure that backup authorized officials (BAOs) and end users (EUs) have time to register.

We strongly recommend that you visit the Round 1 2017 Registration page for information on how to register. The EIDM Reference Guide and EIDM: Getting Started Registration Checklist are available to assist you with this process.

To enter the DMEPOS bidding system (DBidS), you must have:

1) a CMS Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system user ID and password, and        

2) added access to DBidS in EIDM.

If you are a supplier interested in bidding, you must designate one individual listed as an 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.

  • After an AO successfully registers and receives his or her user ID and password, other individuals listed as an AO on the CMS-855S in PECOS may register as BAOs.
  • The AO must approve a BAO’s request to register.
  • The AO and BAOs can designate other individuals not listed as an AO on the CMS-855S in PECOS to serve as EUs.
  • BAOs and EUs must also register for a user ID and password in EIDM to access DBidS.

The name and Social Security number of the AO and BAO entered in EIDM must match exactly with what is recorded on the CMS-855S enrollment application and on file in PECOS to register successfully. Bidders are prohibited from sharing user IDs and passwords.

As a reminder, the CBIC is the official information source for bidders and bidder education. CMS cautions bidding suppliers about potential inaccurate information concerning the Competitive Bidding Program posted on websites other than the CBIC website. Suppliers that rely on this information in the preparation or submission of their bids could be at risk of submitting a non-compliant bid. All suppliers interested in bidding are urged to sign up for E-mail Updates on the home page of the CBIC website.

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 1 2017 page.

In addition to viewing the information on the CBIC website, suppliers are encouraged to call the CBIC customer service center toll-free at 877-577-5331 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Hours are extended to 9 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time during the last two weeks of the registration and bidding windows.