Pharmacy News: How to Get Started in Competitive Bidding

biddingAs a Pharmacy Owner have you taken advantage of Competitive Bidding?

If not, read on to see the advantages.

If you have yet to decide whether or not you will be participating in Competitive Bidding for Round two, you should still register as soon as possible.  Registeration does not obligate you to actually submit a bid, it simply allows you to submit one if you decided to do so.  Once the registration is closed on 2/9/2012 you will notbe able to register.  The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) recommends that you register by 12/22/2011 to ensure you give yourself enough time to begin working on your Bid Proposal.

CMS and the CBIC are currently projecting that the 60 day bid window will open on 1/30/2012.

To register your pharmacy or facility for competitive bidding, please go to the CBIC Website at

Below is the Getting Started: Registration Checklist instructions from CMS and the CBIC

You should complete the following activities prior to registering in IACS (Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services). All suppliers intending to submit a bid application to participate in the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program must first register in IACS to obtain a user ID and password to access the DMEPOS Bidding System (DBidS).

The authorized official (AO) will register ONE time with ONE Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN) issued by the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC). You may register with any active PTAN associated with your organization. Please refer to the IACS Reference Guide on the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website,, for additional information and specific guidance.

More than one person may enter and/or view data in DBiddingS at the same time. However, they must be entering or viewing data on different forms (Form A or Form B). It is very important to note that each person who intends to view or enter data in DBidS must be registered and have his or her own user ID and password. Users may not share user IDs and passwords. They are for the individual’s use only and serve as an electronic signature. Sharing of accounts may result in termination of system access privileges and/or adverse action up to and including legal prosecution.

Designate one (1) Authorized Official (AO) listed on the CMS-855S enrollment form to act as your AO for registration purposes. AOs must register first and must approve other users’ requests to access DMEPOS Bidding System.

It is highly recommended that you designate at least one (1) AO listed on the CMS-855S enrollment form to serve as your backup authorized official (BAO) for registration purposes in order to avoid disruption in the bidding process should the AO leave the organization or become unavailable during the bid window.

Ensure your enrollment information on file with the NSC and the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) is current and correct. In addition to your organization’s mailing address, the following information for the AO and BAO provided during registration must match exactly with NSC records:

  • Legal name
  • Date of birth
  • PTAN
  • Social Security number

Make sure your e-mail address is working prior to and at the time of registration. Important information will be sent to this e-mail address during the registration and bidding processes.

Prepare your computer. Refer to the IACS Reference Guide on the CBIC website for specific instructions.

Sign up to receive e-mail updates and announcements on the CBIC website by selecting “Contact Us” on the home page.