Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/17/2018 (Plain Text Version)
In this issue:
Important Notification to Physicians & Staff from CMS
All Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, & Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program contracts expire on December 31, 2018. Starting January 1, 2019, there will be a temporary gap in the entire DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program that CMS expects will last until December 31, 2020.
All Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, & Supplies
the DMEPOS CBP that CMS expects will last until December 31, 2020.
furnish DMEPOS items and services to people with Medicare. In most cases,
people with Medicare won’t need to switch suppliers on or after January 1,
2019. Suppliers must continue to furnish:
positive airway pressure devices) through the remainder of the 13-month
rental period. Title to the equipment must be transferred from the supplier
to the person with Medicare using the equipment after the end of the 13th
• Oxygen and oxygen equipment through the remainder of the 36-month
five-year reasonable useful lifetime of the oxygen equipment.
or permanently move outside their supplier’s normal service area. Suppliers
that furnish oxygen equipment for the 36th continuous month of Medicare
payment must arrange for people with Medicare to get their oxygen
and oxygen equipment in the new area for the remainder of the 5-year
reasonable useful lifetime of the equipment.
For all other DMEPOS items (for example, diabetes testing supplies, enteral
nutrients/supplies, or IV poles), people with Medicare may have to switch to
another supplier if their current supplier isn’t willing to continue providing the
items on or after January 1, 2019.
You can remind people with Medicare to:
• Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to locate a supplier, ask a question, or
• Ask if their supplier accepts Medicare assignment. If the supplier doesn’t accept
• Beware of aggressive marketing by suppliers:
––Don’t let anyone persuade them to switch suppliers. Talk to their supplier
Braille, or audio. You also have the right to file a complaint if you feel you’ve been
more information. TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.