On December 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) announced that Noridian HealthCare Solutions, LLC. was awarded a contract to serve as the Jurisdiction A Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC). Noridian currently holds contracts to serve as the Jurisdiction D DME MAC as well as the Pricing, Data Analysis, and Coding Contractor (PDAC) and will replace National Heritage Insurance Corporation (NHIC) as the Jurisdiction A DME MAC contractor.
While no contract award protests have been filed as of yet, it is highly likely that one or more of the companies that submitted proposals to CMS to serve as the Jurisdiction A DME MAC will formally protest the award to Noridian which will result in a delay in the final award of the contract.
With the December 16th announcement, the number of contractors responsible for processing Medicare DMEPOS claims may ultimately be reduced to two, as CMS announced in September of 2015 that the contract to serve as the Jurisdiction B DME MAC was awarded to CGS, which currently serves as the Jurisdiction C DME MAC. This award was immediately protested by National Government Services, the incumbent contractor for Jurisdiction B and the protest has not yet been resolved.
AOPA will continue to follow developments regarding both of these contract awards and will communicate any new information to its members as it becomes available.