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Competitive Bidding

In many parts of the country, a new program called Competitive Bidding will require you to obtain certain medical equipment from specific, Medicare-contracted suppliers in order for Medicare to pay. Not all products are subject to competitive bidding in the same area. If you are located in a city where the program is in effect, you will need to obtain some or all of the following items from a contracted supplier:

  • Oxygen, oxygen equipment, and supplies
  • Standard power wheelchairs, scooters, and related accessories
  • Complex rehabilitative power wheelchairs and related accessories (Group 2 only)
  • Enteral nutrition, equipment, and supplies
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices and Respiratory Assist Devices (RADs), and related supplies and accessories
  • Hospital beds and related accessories
  • Walkers and related accessories
  • Support surfaces (Group 1 and Group 2 mattresses and overlays)
  • Manual Wheelchairs and accessories (beginning 07/2013)
  • Mail-order and direct delivery of diabetic supplies (beginning 07/2013)
  • Nebulizers (beginning 01/2014 and after)
  • Home infusion therapy including insulin pumps and supplies (beginning 01/2014)
  • TENS Units and supplies (beginning 01/2014)
  • Patient Lifts (beginning 01/2014)
  • Commodes (beginning 01/2014)
  • Seat Lifts (beginning 01/2014)

To find out if your zip code is affected by Competitive Bidding, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You may also visit www.medicare.gov and lookup suppliers in your area by zip code (a notice will appear if your area is subject to Competitive Bidding). If medical equipment is marked with an orange star, it will need to be provided by a contracted supplier (also marked with an orange star).  Throughout this guide, products that are potentially impacted by the competitive bidding program will be designated with a double asterisk **.  Your provider can assist you with answering your questions about competitive bidding and can address whether or not they have been contracted to provide the services you need if subject to competitive bid.

** Some or all of the products in this category may be subject to competitive bidding depending on where you live.  Ask your supplier for details.

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