You may have heard of DMEPOS surety bonds in one of its several aliases, but they are a type of surety bond which is extremely important to the medical industry, and are well known to medical professionals and people involved in Medicare. Also known as Medicare Bonds, Medicaid Bonds, and CMS Bonds (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), these bonds actually fall into the category of License & Permit surety bonds, and are required of certain suppliers as a condition of conducting business with Medicare agencies.
What does DMEPOS stand for?
The acronym DMEPOS stands for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies, and vendors offering these medical goods for sale would be required to have DMEPOS surety bonds before selling to Medicare outlets. Since 2009, this requirement has been in place, and other than certain exceptional cases, all suppliers dealing with these kinds of goods must have the surety bond, or they will be considered to be in violation of a Federal Register directive.
What is a DMEPOS Surety bond?
The purpose of DMEPOS surety bonds is to ensure that Medicare patients receive quality products and services from legally recognized vendors, and there is no misrepresentation involved. It also protects the Medicare program itself from the risk of doing business with illegitimate suppliers, especially in the area of having to make payments to such vendors, when they have not provided products meeting specific criteria for quality.
In the past, there were also cases where suppliers significantly over-billed Medicare for products or services before the fraud was discovered. To discourage these illegal activities, companies wishing to sell products and services to the Medicare program must first post a $50,000 DMEPOS surety bond, as a guarantee of dealing in good faith.
Who needs to get a DMEPOS bond?
Any company wishing to sell products such as those referred to in the acronym name (durable medical equipment, prosthetics, and orthotics) must purchase a surety bond before the Medicare program can do business with them. In addition, any pharmaceutical company selling to Medicare would have to purchase the same kind of bond, as insurance against low-quality products or inability to fulfill orders which would be agreed to. In some cases, personal care agencies must also post the DMEPOS bond before Medicare will hire them to provide care for patients in the program.
Why are DMEPOS bonds important?
The reason that DMEPOS surety bonds are so important is that they significantly limit the exposure of Medicare to illegitimate manufacturers and suppliers, whose sole intent is to commit fraud and gain access to Medicare program funds. It has served to drastically reduce the number of malpractice and fraud cases in Medicare, and it also ensures that the program is compensated in cases where fraud or malpractice has been involved.
If Medicare had to absorb losses from all those incidents, it would severely cripple funding for the program, and would result in far fewer services being offered to patients who really need them. It’s not a huge exaggeration to say that DMEPOS surety bonds help to keep the Medicare program solvent, because its susceptibility to fraud and financial loss is significantly lessened.
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Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Surety Bond information:
Suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) are required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to obtain a $50,000 DMEPOS, and file this bond with the National Suppliers Clearinghouse (NSC). The bond amount may be increased if the DMEPOS supplier has had a final adverse action imposed against it within the past 10 years. Bond pharmacy also requires one as well.
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DMEPOS Bonds are issued by surety companies guaranteeing that a DMEPOS supplier will fulfill an obligation or series of obligations to a third party (the Medicare program). If the obligation is not met, the Medicare program will recover its losses via the bond.
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