Competitive Bidding Timeline

National Competitive Bidding Timeline

Date Milestone
12/8/2003 Medicare Modernization Act signed into law.
5/1/2006 CMS publishes proposed rule for new Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program and Accreditation for DMEPOS Suppliers.
9/29/2006 CMS awards Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) contract to Palmetto, GBA.
4/2/2007 CMS announces Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program final rule and first round competitive bid areas and product categories.
4/10/2007 CMS publishes final rules for the new Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.
1/8/2008 CMS announces 70 Round Two CBAs and Product Categories
7/9/2008 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 passes into law, 18 month delay of Competitive Bidding Program implemented.
1/16/2009 CMS publishes interim final rules amending changes to the original final rule as a result of MIPPA.
8/3/2009 CMS announces timeline/schedule of education events, begins bidder education campaign
9/30/2009 Deadline for providers to be accredited.
8/17/2009 Registration for user IDs and passwords begins.
10/2/2009 DMEPOS supplier surety bond deadline
10/21/2009 CMS opens 60-day bid window for Round 1 Rebid
11/4/2009 IACS Bidder Registration Closes
11/21/2009 Covered Document Review Date for bidders to submit financial documents
12/21/2009 60-day bid window closes
6/2010 CMS announces single payment amounts, begins contracting process
9/2010 CMS announces contract suppliers, begins contract supplier education campaign
Early Fall 2010 CMS begins supplier, referral agent, and beneficiary education campaign
1/1/2011 Program implementation date for Round 1 Rebid
Summer 2011 Announcement of Round 2 product categories
Begin pre-registration education for potential bidders
Fall 2011 Announcement of bidding schedule and schedule of education events
Begin bidder registration
Begin bidder education
Winter 2012 Registration ends
Open bidding
Covered document review process begins
Spring 2012 Bidding closes
Notify supplier of missing financial documents
Begin bid evaluation
8/16/2012 CMS announces bidding timeline, begins bidder education program
8/20/2012 Registration for user IDs and passwords begins
9/7/2012 Authorized Officials are strongly encouraged to register no later than this date
9/28/2012 Backup Authorized Officials are strongly encouraged to register no later than this date
Fall 2012 Bid evaluation ends
Announcement of single payment amounts
Begin contracting process
10/15/2012*

 CMS opens 60-day bid window for Round 1 Recompete

10/19/2012 Registration closes
11/14/2012* Covered document review date for bidders to submit financial documents
12/14/2012* 60-day bid window closes
Spring 2013 Contract suppliers announced
Begin contract supplier education
Start beneficiary, referral agent and general supplier education program
*CMS announces single payment amounts, begins contracting process
Summer 2013 Implementation of Round 2 and national mail order program contract and prices
Fall 2013* CMS announces contract suppliers, begins contract supplier education campaign.
CMS begins supplier, referral agent, and beneficiary education campaign
1/1/2014* Implementation of Round 1 Recompete contracts and prices

* Dates listed are target dates. Actual dates will be announced through listserv notice. Keep informed – click here to sign up to receive important updates regarding the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.

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