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Why do you need a Medicare or Medicaid bond?

You need to obtain a bond to protect against Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse. If you do not follow the rules set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a claim can be filed on your bond. For example, if you are a medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider and sell unnecessary medical equipment to patients and bill to Medicare, a claim can be made.

What will your bond cost?

Bond costs are a small percentage of the bond amount and vary by applicant, bond amount and bond type. You can get a general idea of costs using our instant cost estimate tool. If you're ready for a firm quote, you can apply and get an exact quote instantly online.

Why our rates are so low

When it comes to surety bond insurance, there is safety in numbers. As the largest volume surety bond writer in the country, we are able to obtain the lowest rates from the strongest bonding company partners.


Frequent Questions

Who needs Medicare/Medicaid bonds?

They are required of businesses that bill to Medicare/Medicaid such as DMEPOS (durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies) suppliers and personal care agencies. The bonds are required by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and can also be referred to as CMS bonds, DME bonds, DMEPOS bonds or patient trust bonds.

Where can I find a DMEPOS bond form?

We have these forms on file. The obligee may provide you a copy. In this case, we recommend you confirm the form matches what we have with your agent prior to purchasing your bond.

Do I need a federal or state CMS surety bond?

That depends on where you operate your business. Most states do not have a DMEPOS bond requirement. However, legislation changes often so you will want to check to see if your state has a bond requirement. The federal bond requirements are in place nationwide.

How long do I need to maintain a bond?

As long as you operate in the field and maintain a license.

What if a false claim is filed?

You must contact the claims department of the surety that wrote your bond. We can provide you the contact information if you need it.


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