CMS Calls a Special Dec. 19 Open Door to Announce Accreditation Deadlines

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The wait is almost over for mobility and rehab suppliers who have been wondering when the accreditation deadline would be for providers who want to continue to bill Medicare.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a special Open Door Forum on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to announce new accreditation deadlines and also an "accreditation grace period" for new suppliers.

CMS announced some time ago that all suppliers wishing to bill Medicare Part B would eventually have to be accredited, but have not yet given an accreditation deadline except for suppliers participating in the first round of competitive bidding.

First-round competitive bidding candidates needed to have earned accreditation or have applied for accreditation prior to submitting bids. To win a bid, suppliers had to have earned accreditation by Oct. 31, 2007.

In the Dec. 19 Open Door Forum, CMS said it will announce "the deadline by which all DMEPOS suppliers will need to be accredited," according to a CMS listserv bulletin sent out Dec. 12. At the meeting, CMS will also announce "the deadline by which new suppliers must apply to the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) for a supplier number in order to qualify for a special accreditation grace period (and) the deadline by which new DMEPOS suppliers who qualified for the accreditation grace period will need to be accredited."

Access to this special Open Door Forum is via conference call only, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To participate, call (800) 837-1935 prior to 2 p.m. EST and use conference ID number 27829970.

An "Encore" recording of the conference call will be available 24 hours a day starting two hours after the end of the live call. To hear the recording, call (800) 642-1687 and use the conference ID number. The recording expires after four business days.

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