In January 2011, Medicare began phasing in the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program in some parts of the country. This program was mandated by Congress through the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA).
The Competitive Bidding Program requires providers and suppliers of certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) to submit bids for their products. Qualified suppliers with winning bids who meet strict quality and financial standards are then chosen as Medicare-approved contract suppliers.
Under this new program, if you have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) and live in a competitive bid area (CBA), you almost always
have to use a Medicare contract supplier if you want Medicare to pay for certain DMEPOS products and services. You must also use a
Medicare contract supplier if you get certain DMEPOS items while visiting or traveling in a CBA, even if you do not permanently live in one of these areas.