Round 2021



Program Phases

The Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) is divided into five phases. These phases have specific timeframes and goals. Refer to the specific Phase pages for further information by selecting a phase below.

Phase 1
Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 2
Phase 3
Phase 3
Phase 4
Phase 4
Phase 5
Phase 5
1/1/2021 to 12/31/2023

What's New in Round 2021

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) incorporated some important changes in the DMEPOS CBP for Round 2021. These changes included several initiatives that are part of CMS' ongoing continuous improvement process for the program. Some of this round's changes include:

  • New off-the-shelf (OTS) back and knee braces product categories
  • Lead item pricing methodology
  • Bid surety bonds required for all bidders
  • Increased transparency on the bid evaluation process
  • Updated features within Connexion, the program's secure portal

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Upcoming Events

The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) participates in educational events to assist bidders, contract suppliers, and other key stakeholders in understanding the processes and regulations that govern the DMEPOS CBP.

12/16/2020 2:00 PM ET

Welcome to Round 2021 Contract Supplier Webcast

Webcast • Now available on demand

About the Program

The DMEPOS CBP was mandated by Congress through the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 and has been an essential tool to help Medicare set more reasonable payment rates for DMEPOS items, save money for beneficiaries and taxpayers, and limit fraud and abuse in the Medicare Program while ensuring access to quality items. Round 2021 of the DMEPOS CBP was implemented on January 1, 2021.

CMS has contracted with Palmetto GBA to operate as the CBIC to assist CMS in administering the DMEPOS CBP. In coordination with CMS, the CBIC is responsible for conducting certain functions including performing bid evaluations, selecting qualified suppliers, setting payments for all competitive bidding areas, and supporting CMS education efforts. The CBIC also assists CMS in monitoring the program's effectiveness and beneficiary access to quality DMEPOS.

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Updated: 01/06/2022