CMS exempts physicians from DMEPOS accreditation process

By Robert Jasak, JD, and Lindsay Law

During an Open Door Forum call on Sept. 3, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that physicians and licensed healthcare professionals will be exempt from the accreditation process required of suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS).

The announcement was the result of months of negotiations by the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), other physician and licensed healthcare professional organizations, and CMS.

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