Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program Beginning in Select Cities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began mailing out letters to beneficiaries in nine communities who may be affected by the new competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME). This program is expected to save Medicare $28 billion over 10 years. The program goes into effect on January 1, 2011 for beneficiaries in the Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Miami, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Riverside areas. Under this program, Medicare beneficiaries will need to order their equipment from a Medicare contract provider in order for Medicare to pay for it. The DME program includes oxygen supplies and equipment as well as power wheelchairs, scooters and related accessories. For more information about the program visit http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/01_overview.asp

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