FACT : A DME supply number is NOT required to prescribe
DME products and receive reimbursements from private
insurers. A DME supply number is only required to receive
reimbursements from Medicare for prescribed DME products.
To Obtain Your DME Supplier Number:
You must fill out and submit form CMS 855S from the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. You must also
provide appropriate supporting documents to Palmetto
GBA. Palmetto GBA is the National Supplier Clearinghouse
for the Medicare program and processes all applications.
To reach the Clearinghouse please call (866) 238-9652, their
mailing address is 2300 Springdale Drive, Bldg. 1 Camden,
You may download
the form here [PDF].
Your application should be processed within sixty days. The
initial enrollment lasts for three years at which point you will
be required to re-enroll. In addition, all suppliers will receive
a site visit from a Medicare Inspector prior to receiving a
supplier number. At the time of re-enrollment you will be
required to fill out another CMS 855S and another site visit
will be performed.