Farmers Branch, Texas, April 11, 2013 - CCS Medical, a leading provider of home delivery medical equipment and supplies, announced today that it has been named a winner in the national Competitive Bidding Program of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
CCS Medical is one of only 18 suppliers awarded CMS contracts to provide mail order diabetic testing supplies at competitively bid prices nationwide and in the four U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). As announced previously by CCS Medical, one of the brands that CCS Medical will be carrying is LifeScan's OneTouch® Ultra® test strips, the No. 1 brand recommended by endocrinologists and diabetes educators.
In addition, CCS Medical was awarded a CMS contract to provide Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) pumps to beneficiaries in 87 of the 91 communities across the country that were competitively bid. The Competitive Bidding Program and the National Mail Order Program are scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2013.
"We are excited to be among this select group announced by CMS and to be servicing Medicare patients and reducing the cost of healthcare," said Zeke Zoccoli, CCS Medical's Chief Operating Officer. "We have been preparing for this development by improving our service and lowering our costs," he said. "We are ready to meet the needs of new patients and help them manage their chronic conditions by providing low-cost, high-quality products and services."
Frequently Asked Questions
About Medicare's National Mail Order Competitive Bidding Program
1) How does Competitive Bidding affect Medicare beneficiaries using diabetic testing supplies?
Effective July 1, 2013, Medicare beneficiaries who have their diabetic testing supplies delivered to their homes will have to get their supplies from a Medicare-contracted supplier in order for Medicare to help pay.
If your current mail order supplier is not a contracted Medicare supplier, you will need to find a new supplier with the contracted ability to serve Medicare beneficiaries. CCS Medical (also known as DEGC Enterprises) is an official Medicare contracted suppler and is ready to serve you.
2) How many suppliers are contracted with Medicare to provide diabetic testing supplies through mail order?
Only 18 suppliers have been awarded contracts by Medicare to provide mail order diabetic testing supplies. CCS Medical (also known as DEGC Enterprises) is one of those 18 contracted suppliers!
3) What exactly is meant by the term "mail order"?
"Mail order" means items shipped or delivered to the beneficiary's residence by any method.
4) When does the program start?
July 1, 2013.
5) Is this program nationwide?
Yes. The program applies to beneficiaries living in all parts of the country, including all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the four U.S. territories - American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As a winner in Medicare's Competitive Bidding Program, CCS Medical (also known as DEGC Enterprises) can service beneficiaries nationwide, including the four U.S. territories.
6) Why is it important to use a supplier that is contracted with Medicare?
If Medicare beneficiaries choose to buy their diabetic testing supplies through mail order, they must use a mail order Medicare contracted supplier in order for Medicare to help pay for the items.
7) How can CCS Medical help me?
CCS Medical (also known as DEGC Enterprises) is a qualified, accredited supplier contracted by Medicare to serve all your diabetic needs. We offer free, convenient home delivery of a wide selection of major brands, as well as complimentary insurance processing and access to our Certified Diabetes Education team.