HHS proposes requiring DMEPOS suppliers to provide bond

August 6, 2007

Community pharmacies are smarting over a proposed rule by HHS that will help limit the Medicare program's risk by requiring all suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) to provide CMS with a surety bond.

Community pharmacies are smarting over a proposed rule by HHS that will help limit the Medicare program's risk by requiring all suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) to provide CMS with a surety bond. The rule would ensure that Medicare can recover for erroneous payments of up to $65,000 that result from fraudulent or abusive billing practices. A copy of the proposed rule can be found at