Competitive Bid Round 2021: What EW Members Should Know

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DME suppliers are currently preparing for Competitive Bid Round 2021. Only certain product categories are included in competitive bid.

Please note, this is the first round for off the shelf back and knee braces to be competitively bid. 

Bidder registration period and the bid window will likely open in June 2019 (this date may change).  EW members who are planning to participate in this current round of bidding, prepare now.

VGM has put together tools to help our members go through this process.

DME CBP Education Website: Leading industry trade organizations have joined together to help prepare Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers for Medicare's Round 2021 of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program by compiling publicly available information in one convenient place, www.dmecbpeducation.com.

DME Bid Calculator is available on to help calculate all SPAs in a product category based on the bid for the lead item and provide an approximation of how the SPAs compare to the current 2019 Medicare rates.

GET BONDED: Bidders must provide proof of having obtained the required bond(s). Visit vgminsurance.com/bidbonds for more information!

GET LICENSED: Contracts are awarded only to bidders that meet all licensing requirements by the close of the bid window. Licensing requirements change periodically, and it remains the responsibility of the bidder to identify and obtain all current, non-expired required licenses. Check out the state license directory for each state here.​​​​​​​
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GET ACCREDITED: Each supplier location on a bid must be accredited by a CMS-approved accrediting organization for the lead and non-lead items in a product category.  

REVIEW AND UPDATE ENROLLMENT: Each supplier must maintain accurate information on its CMS-855S with the NSC and in PECOS including:

  • Contact information (name, Social Security number, and date of birth) for authorized official(s)
  • Products and services furnished by the enrolled location(s)
  • Each state the enrolled location(s) furnish items and services

It is also important that the NSC has your current liability insurance policy information on file. Without this information, the NSC cannot process any changes to your enrollment record(s).

We encourage you to closely review all information on the official CBIC Round 2021 website.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Higley, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at 888-224-1631 or [email protected].

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