Bidding

The Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program uses bids submitted by qualified suppliers to establish payment amounts for certain DMEPOS items furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in designated competitive bidding areas (CBAs)

Please review the information below to assist you with the bidding process.

Information will be periodically added to this page, so check back regularly. You can also subscribe to receive email updates about the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.

On April 9, 2020, the non-invasive ventilators product category was removed from Round 2021 due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic. On October 27, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the single payment amounts and began offering contracts for the off-the-shelf (OTS) back braces and OTS knee braces product categories. All other product categories were removed from Round 2021. Please see the CMS announcement for additional information. The items listed below were not revised to remove the product categories in order to preserve information available at the time of bidding (i.e., prior to removal of the product categories on October 27, 2020).

Resources

The antitrust laws protect competition and prohibit collusion. Price fixing, bid rigging, and other forms of collusion, including agreements to allocate customers or divide markets, are illegal.
Updated: 05/07/2019
Information on bid limits for each lead item.
Updated: 03/07/2019
Data about the items (identified by the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code) in each of the 16 product categories for each CBA in Round 2021.
Updated: 05/07/2019
Information for bidders and authorized sureties regarding the bid surety bond requirement.
Updated: 03/07/2019
Frequently asked bidding questions and answers from the Round 2021 webcast series.
Updated: 08/07/2019
Suppliers are prohibited from competing against themselves when submitting bids in the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.
Updated: 05/07/2019
Information about the 130 CBAs included in Round 2021.
Updated: 04/12/2021
Connexion is the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program’s secure portal.
Updated: 04/16/2021
Updated: 12/17/2019
A bidder must meet certain eligibility requirements before it can be awarded a contract under the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.
Updated: 05/07/2019
Frequently asked financial questions and answers from the Round 2021 webcast series.
Updated: 07/09/2019
Information about the financial scoring process used to evaluate a bidder’s financial health.
Updated: 07/18/2019
For reference only. You cannot submit your bid using PDF files. Bidders are required to provide the information requested on Form A and Form B by using the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Bidding System (DBidS).
Updated: 05/07/2019
Calculate the impact of the lead item bid amount on the non-lead items in the product category.
Updated: 10/27/2020
Information on the lead item pricing methodology.
Updated: 10/27/2020
Frequently asked lead item pricing questions and answers from the Round 2021 webcast series.
Updated: 07/09/2019
Bidders must meet all applicable state licensing requirements for every item in the product category.
Updated: 10/27/2020
These instructions explain the bidding requirements and provide guidelines for completing and submitting a bid in Round 2021.
Updated: 10/27/2020
Information on the required financial documents that each bidder must upload in Connexion.
Updated: 03/07/2019
The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program regulations require that each bidder must submit a bona fide bid that complies with all the terms and conditions specified in the Request for Bids Instructions.
Updated: 05/07/2019
The Social Security Act mandates that appropriate steps be taken to ensure that small suppliers have an opportunity to be considered for participation in the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.
Updated: 05/07/2019
A glossary of key terms under the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.
Updated: 10/27/2020
Round 2021 includes the following changes to the program. Updated on 10/27/2020 to add the “Increased Transparency for Bidders” section.
Updated: 10/27/2020
eChat is available.

Updated: 10/27/2020