CMS Begins Warning Round Two Beneficiaries
Agency begins emailing notifications regarding program; letter campaign begins May 31.
- By David Kopf
- May 09, 2013
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began sending out notification emails announcing Round Two of competitive bidding and its coming implementation this week to notify patients, as well as to ensure providers were aware CMS would be reaching out to patients.
The emails describe the bidding program, and the affected categories, as well as the national mail order bid program. The messages then discuss the fact that there is a good chance a beneficiary might have a new contracted supplier. That said it also touches on grandfathering.
“When the program starts, people with Original Medicare who live in or travel to one of these areas and need the items listed below will likely need to get these items from contract suppliers if they want Medicare to help pay,” the messages state, “unless their current suppliers decide to become grandfathered suppliers.”
The emails then note that beneficiaries will need to find out from Medicare’s online supplier search, or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE which providers will be their contracted supplier per the program.
The e-mails also note that starting May 13, CMS will mail information to Medicare beneficiaries in the 91 Round Two competitive bidding areas. The postal campaign should send letters and other information pieces to approximately 5.7 million Providers can review the letters, introductory brochure, national mail-order program fact sheet and other program education materials by visiting http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/Partnerships/DMEPOS_Toolkit.html.
David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.