All Medicare contract suppliers have to meet special Competitive Bidding Program requirements, federal quality standards, and state licensure requirements. They also have to be in good standing with Medicare, and be accredited by an independent accreditation organization.
Medicare contract suppliers must:
- Accept for all contract items. This means they can’t charge you more than the .
- Offer the same brands of equipment to Medicare and non-Medicare customers.
- Make competitively bid items available throughout the entire competitive bidding area.
- Only provide items that meet all applicable Food and Drug Administration regulations, effectiveness, and safety standards.
- Maintain items according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Provide all items using educated professionals who meet applicable licensure requirements.
- Make available a competent professional to provide or arrange for necessary repairs or replacement of existing items.
- Provide safe operating items.
- Provide items that are consistent with the doctor’s prescription.
- Provide appropriate instructions and training on the safe use and maintenance of the item.
- Be aware of changes in your medical needs and work together with your doctor.