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Frequently Asked Questions
The Medicare competitive bidding program (CBP) requires all bidders to be in compliance with all state laws and requirement, for the states in which they submit bids. Some states do require DMEPOS suppliers to have a “brick and mortar” location, some do not. Medicare does not have additional “brick and mortar” requirements. For information on state licensure, check out state laws and regulations: here.
No. If a beneficiary travels/moves outside of the competitive bid area (CBA), the contract supplier is not required to provide supplies (e.g. CPAP supplies). The beneficiary must obtain those supplies from a contract supplier in the new CBA, or any Medicare supplier if the beneficiary is traveling/moving to a non-bid area. For more information, see: here.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires bidders to have valid Medicare supplier numbers, be accredited by an approved accreditation organization, comply with all other Medicare requirements (e.g., surety bonds), obtain bid bonds, and submit certain financial information. It does not appear that firms with prior experience or locations have “more weight” applied to their bids.