CMS has released frequently-asked questions (FAQs) on “Transition from Non-Contract Suppliers to Contract Suppliers FAQs” under the DMEPOS competitive bidding program. In short, CMS is providing a transition period under which certain documentation requirements are relaxed when a beneficiary transfers from a non-contract supplier to a contract supplier to obtain competitively-bid items before May 1, 2011. There are several scenarios described, but for transitions before May 1, the new contract supplier is only required to obtain a new dispensing order (not a detailed written order) before submitting a claim, although a detailed written order still must be obtained by May 1, 2011. The competitive bidding contractor also has released the form that contract suppliers must submit to CMS with details on items the DMEPOS  furnished to Medicare beneficiaries during the most recent quarter, including manufacturer and model information and number of items furnished.   The form is due 10 calendar days after the end of each calendar quarter. Separately, CMS has issued updated FAQs regarding the August 27, 2010 DMEPOS supplier standards final rule. The updated document, dated February 16, 2011, clarifies (and in some cases deletes) answers provided in a January 14, 2011 version of the document, including revisions related to colocation of suppliers and beneficiary solicitation rules.