Medicare prices for Round 2 of DME competitive bidding announced
AHA News Now
Jan 31, 2013
The anticipated expansion of the Medicare competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies will occur in July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. CMS estimates that Medicare will pay substantially less for products involved in the Round 2 expansion, including about 45% less for eight categories of products and 72% less for diabetic testing supplies. The new competitively bid products will include oxygen equipment; wheelchairs and scooters; enteral nutrients; continuous positive airway pressure devices and respiratory assist devices; hospital beds; walkers; negative pressure wound therapy pumps; and support surfaces such as mattresses. Round 2 also will expand the number of markets in the competitive bidding program to 91 from 70, and make diabetic testing supplies available through a nationwide mail-order program. Hospitals will retain the ability to provide walkers to discharged patients without being contracted DMEPOS suppliers.