CMS Extends Round 2 Licensure Deadline

All applicable licenses must be received by NSC on or before May 1.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the licensure deadline for the Round 2 and national mail-order competitions of its national competitive bidding program.

The original licensure deadline required suppliers to have all required state licenses on file with the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) and indicated in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) before submitting a bid. Bidding suppliers must now ensure that copies of all applicable state licenses are received by the NSC on or before May 1.

Bids will be disqualified if a bidder does not meet all state licensure requirements for the applicable product categories and for every state in a competitive bidding area (CBA). Every supplier location is responsible for having all applicable licenses for each state in which it provides services. For a multi-state CBA, the bidder must collectively have all applicable licenses for every state in the CBA. Each location is not required to have licenses for every state in the CBA as long as each state has a bidding location licensed for the product category.

CMS and CBIC advices providers to take note that the extension of the licensure deadline does not change any other deadlines. All bids must be submitted in DBidS, the online bidding system, by 8:59:59 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time on March 30, 2012. All required hardcopy documents that must be included as part of the bid package must be received by the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) on or before March 30, 2012.

A licensure directory for each state, the District of Columbia and the territories may be found on the NSC website at Licensure requirements vary from state to state. The NSC licensure directory provides a good starting point to assist in identifying the licenses you need. State licensure requirements change periodically and may have exceptions, so the NSC’s licensure directory serves only as a guide. It remains the bidding supplier’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the most current state and federal laws and regulations.

For more information on licensure requirements, providers can refer to the Licensure for Bidding Suppliers Fact Sheet and the Request for Bids (RFB) Instructions. Providers with any questions should contact the CBIC customer service center at (877) 577-5331 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Time during the registration and bidding periods.

CMS and CBIC added that providers should note that the RFB instructions initially posted on the CBIC website ( contained the original licensure deadline. These instructions have now been updated to reflect the new licensure deadline shown in this announcement.

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David Kopf is the Editor of HME Business.


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