APRIL 01, 2007

Pharmacists have a new online resource to help answer questions about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services'(CMS) rules and proposals regarding accreditation and bidding as they pertain to durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS).

The National Community Pharmacists Association, with support from Bayer Healthcare and Diabetes Care, has launched a DME Resource Center through Pharmacist e-Link. The Web site provides up-to-date, accurate information on DME accreditation and competitive bidding.

The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 requires that all Medicare Part B suppliers, including pharmacists, meet CMS quality standards to maintain supplier billing numbers. The law also calls for competitive bidding of DMEPOS beginning this year. Therefore, only accredited suppliers will be allowed to submit bids to supply DMEPOS to Medicare beneficiaries.

The online resource provides information on and explanation of accreditation and competitive bidding. The forms and documentation needed to start the accreditation process are available. Pharmacists also can register for DMe-Alerts.