CMS Will Not Grant An Extension for DME Accreditation
CRE has had extensive discussions with CMS regarding accreditation. CMS has decided not to grant an extension to DME providers. In arriving at this decision, CMS has given serious consideration to several Congressional mandates, including patient access and Congressionally mandated deadlines.
CRE is not in a position to provide its readers with business advice; however we are in a position to inform you of your options regarding accreditation.
If you are likely not to be accredited you should give consideration to voluntarily terminating your enrollment in the Medicare program–please see page 4 of the CMS 855S. If you fail to voluntarily terminate your enrollment with the Medicare program you will lose your billing privileges which will bar you from re-enrolling for at least one year from the date of revocation.
The CMS 855S can be downloaded at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/cmsforms/downloads/cms855s.pdf
A related question is whether pharmacies must also be accredited. CRE is examining this matter, but given our understanding of the importance accorded to meeting Congressional deadlines, we assume they are not exempt from the accreditation requirement; however we are awaiting an official statement from CMS. (Editors Note: Subsequent to making this post and based upon our contacts with CMS, it appears that pharmacies are not exempt.)
CRE continues to be concerned about patient access to medical equipment. In the event suppliers are precluded from providing equipment as a result of the accreditation requirement or if patients no longer have access to medical equipment, please post your experiences on the CRE Discussion Forum. If access becomes a major issue, CRE will use your experiences as a basis for serving CMS with a “Petition for Reconsideration”. The CRE Discussion Forum is at