Home Care Magazine:

BALTIMORE — In a post on its website earlier today, CMS notified industry stakeholders of a national education call on competitive bidding on Nov. 8.

According to the notice, “The target audience for this call is DMEPOS suppliers that will not be contract suppliers in the program.”

The call has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET. The message said more details, including registration instructions, “will be shared in the days to come.”

The message also included information on “The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Traveling Beneficiary Fact Sheet” (MLN Fact Sheet 201010-44) now available from the Medicare Learning Network:

Once the DMEPOS competitive bidding program becomes effective on January 1, 2011, beneficiaries with Original Medicare who obtain competitively bid items in competitive bidding areas (CBAs) must obtain these items from a contract supplier for Medicare to pay, unless an exception applies. This includes beneficiaries who do not live in a CBA but who obtain competitively bid items while traveling to a CBA. This fact sheet contains helpful information on competitive bidding program rules that apply when a beneficiary travels.

To learn more, please visit the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Educational Resources page at http://www.cms.gov/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/04_Educational_Resources.asp on the CMS website, then select the link entitled “DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Traveling Beneficiary Fact Sheet” in the “Downloads” section.

Read the announcement in full on the CMS website.