Pittsburgh MSA Included in DMEPOS Medicare Competitive Bidding Program

Medicare will begin implementation of a Competitive Bidding Program for DMEPOS effective July 1, 2008. This program will affect patients in ten competitive bidding areas (CBAs) that align with the ten metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) selected for the first phase of this program and includes ten product care categories of DMEPOS. 

The ten MSAs include Pittsburgh. 

Ten product categories include oxygen supplies, standard power wheelchairs and scooters, complex rehabilitative power wheelchairs, mail order diabetic supplies, enter nutrients, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and respiratory assist devices, hospital beds, negative pressure wound therapy, walkers and related accessories, and support services (Group 2 mattresses). See the attached MLN Matters link from CMS for additional information.