CMS has announced its detailed timeline for recompeting the supplier contracts awarded under Round 2 of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program and the National Mail-Order diabetic testing supplies competition. All current Round 2 and National Mail-Order diabetic testing supplies contracts will be up for rebidding. The current contract period expires on June 30, 2016; the new contracts will begin on July 1, 2016. The first key date in the recompete cycle is December 18, 2014, when supplier registration for bidding opens, and the actual bid window opens on January 22, 2015. The full timeline is as follows (note that dates are subject to change):

12/18/2014 — Registration for user IDs and passwords opens
1/6/2015 — Authorized Officials strongly encouraged to register no later than this date
1/20/2015 — Backup Authorized Officials strongly encouraged to register no later than this date
1/22/2015 — CMS opens bid window for Round 2 Recompete and national mail-order recompete
2/17/2015 — Registration closes
2/23/2015 — Covered Document Review Date for bidders to submit financial documents
3/25/2015 — Bid window closes
Winter 2016 — CMS announces single payment amounts, begins contracting process
Spring 2016 — CMS announces contract suppliers, begins contract supplier education campaign
Spring 2016 — CMS begins supplier, referral agent, and beneficiary education campaign
July 1, 2016 — Implementation of Round 2 Recompete & national mail-order recompete contracts/prices

Suppliers considering participating in bidding are encouraged to make sure their enrollment records are up to date with the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) and in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) to prevent being disqualified from bidding. For more information, including a summary of the changes to the product categories and competitive bidding areas in the Round 2 recompete, see our previous overview.