The official and final, we really mean it, no kidding, cross your heart hope to die, date for DME accreditation is September 30, 2009. But wait, CMS is saying that there will be an earlier deadline for applications to be filed. Now, let’s guess when that might be. How long does it take to prepare for accreditation. The average estimate is six months. So I would venture to guess that the CMS deadline for applications will be April.
I have been guessing that the number of unaccredited DME that will have to get accredited is 20,000; however ACHC was recently quoted in HMEnews as saying it is 30,000. That means that the accreditation industry must handle somewhere around 2,000 per month for the next twelve months. This going to be crazy and believe me you don’t want to be in the last group trying desparately to get surveyed.