Time Is Running Out for DMEPOS Suppliers

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  • March 13, 2009
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Suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) who bill Medicare Part B have until Sept. 30 to obtain accreditation. For those who haven’t submitted an application yet, it may be too late.

Existing DMEPOS suppliers enrolled in the Medicare program are required to obtain and submit proof of accreditation to the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) by Sept. 30. Those who don’t will have their billing privileges revoked on Oct. 1.
DMEPOS suppliers who submitted an application on or after Feb. 1 may not have their accreditation decision by the Sept. 30 cut-off date. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says applications generally take nine months to process.
Providers/suppliers who were accredited prior to the enactment of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) do not need to reapply. Since March 1, 2008, new DMEPOS suppliers must be accredited prior to enrolling in the Medicare program.
Exempt from the MIPPA provision requiring DMEPOS provider accreditation are: physicians, physician therapists, occupational therapists, qualified speech-language pathologists, physician assistants, nurse practioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse-midwives, clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, registered dieticians, and nutritional professionals, as well as orthotists, prosthetists, opticians, and audiologists.
Look on the CMS DMEPOS Accreditation Web site for more information.

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