In a notice posted on the CBIC Web site, CMS opened the 60-day bid window for the Round 1 rebid of DMEPOS competitive bidding.

In a target="_blank">notice posted this morning on the CBIC Web
site, CMS opened the 60-day bid window for the Round 1 rebid of
Medicare DMEPOS competitive

The notice is below in its entirety:

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Bidding is Now Open for the Round 1 Rebid of the DMEPOS
Competitive Bidding Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now
soliciting bids for the Round 1 Rebid of the Medicare Durable
Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS)
Competitive Bidding Program. All bids must be submitted in DBidS,
the online bidding system, by 9:00 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time on
December 21, 2009. All required hardcopy documents that must be
included as part of the bid package must be postmarked by 11:59
p.m. on December 21, 2009. The contract period for mail-order
diabetic supplies is January 1, 2011 — December 31, 2012. The
contract period for all other Round 1 Rebid product categories is
January 1, 2011 — December 31, 2013.

All bidders must submit certain required hardcopy documents as
specified in the Request for Bids (RFB) instructions. CMS urges all
bidders to take advantage of the new covered document review
process. Under this new process, we will notify suppliers that
submit their hardcopy financial documents by the Covered Document
Review Date (CDRD) of any missing financial documents. The CDRD for
the Round 1 Rebid is November 21, 2009 — financial documents
must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. on November 21, 2009, to qualify
for the covered document review process. This process only
determines if there are any missing financial documents. It does
not indicate if the documents are acceptable, accurate or meet
applicable requirements. Suppliers that submit financial documents
by the CDRD will be notified of any missing financial documents
within 45 days of the CDRD. Suppliers will be required to submit
the missing financial document(s) within 10 business days of the

The Round 1 Rebid competitive bidding areas (CBAs), product
categories, DBidS information, bidding information charts,
educational materials, and complete RFB instructions can be found
on this website. Suppliers should review this information prior to
submitting their bid(s). CMS will send important bidding updates
via e-mail, so all suppliers interested in bidding are urged to
sign up for E-Mail Updates on the home page of this website. If you
have any questions about the bidding process, please contact the
CBIC Customer Service Center at 1-877-577-5331.

The target registration dates for Authorized Officials (AOs) and
Backup Authorized Officials (BAOs) to register in CMS' Individuals
Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) system have
passed. End Users (EUs), as well as any AOs and BAOs who have not
yet registered, should now be registering. Only suppliers that have
registered and received a user ID and password will be able to
access the online bidding system and submit bids. If the AO for
your company has not already registered, we cannot guarantee that
he or she will be able to complete the registration process before
registration closes. If your AO does not register, you cannot bid
and will not be eligible for a contract. In addition, suppliers
whose AOs have not registered are at risk of experiencing delays in
accessing the online bidding system to get a bidder number and
thereby missing the opportunity to submit financial documents by
the CDRD. Registration will close on November 4, 2009, at 9:00 p.m.
EST — no AOs, BAOs, or EUs can register after registration
closes. Suppliers that do not register cannot bid and are not
eligible for contracts. To register, please go to the target="_blank">Registration section of this website.

Please note that the target="_blank">RFB instructions initially posted on this
website contained target bid submission deadlines, including a
target midnight bid deadline. CMS has updated the RFB instructions
posted on this website to reflect the actual bid submission
deadlines shown in this announcement.