DMEPOS Competitive Bidding
Temporary Gap Period
All DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) Round 2021 Contracts for Off-the-Shelf (OTS) back braces and for OTS knee braces will expire on December 31, 2023. Starting January 1, 2024, there will be a temporary gap period for the DMEPOS CBP. We’ll continue health status monitoring.
We’ll start bidding for the next round of the DMEPOS CBP after we complete the formal public notice and comment rulemaking processes. Learn more about the temporary gap period (PDF).
This content is primarily for DMEPOS suppliers and referral agents. Bidding and contract suppliers should utilize the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website as their primary source of program information. For general program information on the DMEPOS CBP, visit Medicare.gov.
Note: CMS, along with the CBIC, doesn’t review or verify DMEPOS CBP information on websites other than the CBIC website, Medicare.gov, and CMS.gov.
Bidders compete to become contract suppliers by submitting bids to provide DMEPOS items throughout a competitive bidding area.
- Not all DMEPOS items are subject to competitive bidding
- Suppliers submit bids for selected products through a web-based application
- We evaluate bids based on the supplier’s enrollment eligibility, financial stability, bid price, etc.
- We award contracts to enough qualified suppliers who offer the most competitive price to meet beneficiary demand
- Contract suppliers must agree to accept assignment on all claims for bid items, and we’ll pay a single payment amount
DMEPOS suppliers and referral agents play a critical role in providing information and services to Medicare beneficiaries. CBP referral agents include:
- Medicare-enrolled providers, physicians, treating practitioners, discharge planners, social workers, and pharmacists
- Other health care professionals who refer beneficiaries for services in a competitive bidding area
History & Goals
Congress mandated the DMEPOS CBP through the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). We replaced the previous fee schedule payment method for selected DMEPOS items with a competitive bid process to:
- Improve the effectiveness of the Medicare method for setting DMEPOS payment amounts
- Reduce beneficiary out-of-pocket expenses
- Reduce Medicare program costs
- Ensure beneficiary access to quality items and services
- View Round 2021 information
- View the DMEPOS Toolkit
- Become a Medicare Supplier
- Sign up to get weekly CMS Medicare FFS Provider e-News for the latest Fee-For-Service program information, including National Provider Call announcements, event announcements, claims and pricer information, and MLN educational product updates