DMEPOS CBP - April 2016 Quarterly Update

MLN Matters ® Number: MM9477
Related Change Request (CR) #: CR9477
Related CR Release Date: December 18, 2015
Effective Date: April 1, 2016
Related CR Transmittal #: R3424CP
Implementation Date: April 4, 2016

Provider Types Affected

This MLN Matters® Article is intended for suppliers submitting claims to Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) for DMEPOS provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

What You Need to Know

Change Request (CR) 9477 provides the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) April 2016 quarterly update. CR9477 provides specific instructions to your DME MAC for implementing updates to the DMEPOS CBP Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), ZIP code, and Single Payment Amount files.

Note that quarterly updates are also available at Updates Link on the Internet. At that site, click on the "Quarterly Updates" link on the left of the page.


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 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 and required documents are mailed. 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 bid price amount. The amount is derived from the median of all winning bids for an item.

Additional Information

The official instruction, CR 9477 issued to your MAC regarding this change, is available at on the CMS website.


            Last Updated Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:10:41 +0000