Suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) are required to file a $50,000 surety bond with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) if they intend to bill Medicare. A higher bond amount will be required if the DMEPOS supplier has had a final adverse action imposed against it within the past 10 years. The bond amount will be raised by an additional $50,000 for each adverse action against the supplier within the previous 10 years. This surety bond ensures compliance with CMS regulations and offers protection against malpractice or fraud by medical practitioners or bonded physicians as part of Section 4312(a) of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33). This bond covers a single National Provider Identifier (NPI). A higher bond amount may be needed to support multiple NPI locations. DMEPOS suppliers could be exempt from the bond in the following situations:
- State-licensed orthotic and prosthetic personnel in private practice and only billing for orthotic and prosthetics, and supplies
- Physicians and non-physician practitioners if the DMEPOS items are furnished only to his or her patients as part of his or her professional service.
- Physical and occupational therapists if the business is solely-owned and operated by the therapist, and if the DMEPOS items are furnished only to his or her patients as part of his or her professional service.
Pacific Surety offers industry low rates and can obtain approvals for almost all credit situations, with rates as low as $425 for qualifying applicants. Once our simple application has been completed, we can have pricing to you within hours. Please contact our knowledgeable underwriting staff with specific questions.