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Competitive Bidding Program

Medicare is phasing in a new Competitive Bidding Program in some areas of the country. This program changes the amount Medicare pays suppliers for certain durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies, and changes who can supply these items. This program has started in 9 Round 1 areas and 91 Round 2 areas

Medicare also has a National Mail-Order Program for diabetic testing supplies, which applies no matter where you live. 

Important: The program doesn't affect which doctors you can use.

Note

The Competitive Bidding Program applies to Original Medicare only. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your plan will let you know if your supplier is changing. If you’re not sure, contact your plan.

What's the Competitive Bidding Program?

The Competitive Bidding Program replaces the outdated prices Medicare has been paying with lower, more accurate prices. Under this program, suppliers submit bids to provide certain medical equipment and supplies at a lower price than what Medicare now pays for these items. Medicare uses these bids to set the amount it pays for those equipment and supplies under the Competitive Bidding Program. Qualified, accredited suppliers with winning bids are chosen as Medicare contract suppliers.

The program:

  • Helps you and Medicare save money
  • Ensures that you have access to quality medical equipment, supplies, and services from suppliers you can trust
  • Helps limit fraud and abuse in the Medicare Program

More about the Competitive Bidding Program