CMS Issues Final Rule with More Stringent Standards for DMEPOS Suppliers

On August 27, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule revising certain requirements that suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) must meet to obtain and maintain Medicare billing privileges. The rule adds several new standards and modifies existing standards to make them more stringent for suppliers. A press release from the CMS indicated that the purpose of the tougher standards is to “help to reduce fraud in Medicare and provide beneficiaries with additional assurance that they are being served by legitimate suppliers who meet Medicare’s standards.” The new and revised standards are effective September 27, 2010, giving suppliers less than a month to achieve compliance.

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