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Where can I get a list of Medicare-approved suppliers?

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Find a list of Medicare-approved suppliers through the search engine on the Medicare website, at Medicare.gov. Enter your ZIP code to access a list of Medicare contract suppliers in your area. To locate the search engine, select Forms, Help & Resources on the right side of the toolbar at the top of the Medicare website, and click on Find Suppliers of Medical Equipment & Supplies.

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In many parts of the country, Medicare has initiated a Competitive Bidding Program in which suppliers that offer low bids for equipment become contract suppliers, explains Medicare.gov. This lowers your costs, ensures you receive quality equipment and supplies, and helps to eliminate abuse and fraud. Although traditional Medicare usually only pays for medical equipment and supplies if you use a Medicare contract supplier, there are exceptions to this rule. If you already rent oxygen equipment or other supplies from a supplier that is no longer part of the Medicare program, you can continue the rentals until the contracted rental period expires. Medicare also helps to cover the costs of equipment that health care practitioners supply during visits to offices or hospitals, even if they are not Medicare contract suppliers.

If a Medicare contract supplier does not have a specific piece of equipment that your doctor prescribes, it must direct you to another supplier or offer an alternative product that your doctor approves, according to Medicare.gov. Contract suppliers are not allowed to charge more for equipment and supplies than Medicare stipulates. Suppliers must also have available professionals who can maintain, repair and replace equipment as needed.

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