Current actions for each issue are outlined, with resources available on each topic page. For more information contact

Competitive Bidding (DME)

The competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) was established by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 and expanded under the Affordable Care Act.  The program replaces Medicare’s existing DMEPOS fee schedule in selected areas with prices based on suppliers’ bids.

Learn more about Competitive Bidding

Emergency/Pandemic Preparedness

Medical product distributors play a pivotal role in emergency preparedness. Distributors are among healthcare’s first responders during natural disasters, biological events, and other adverse scenarios ensuring continuity of the US healthcare system.

Learn more about medical preparedness

Learn more about flu vaccines and seasonal influenza

Gift Disclosure

Gift disclosure requirements impact almost every medical products distributor by requiring data reports for items of value given to providers. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the requirement aims to increase transparency between the health industry and providers.

Learn more about Gift Disclosure


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Members, stay informed on breaking issues with HIDA's Government Affairs Alerts:

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Legislative Action Center

Get involved in the issues that affect your business.

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Health Information Technology (IT)

In addition to the billions of dollars set aside in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Health IT expansion and integration, the Affordable Care Act  includes a range of provisions to expand IT use and accelerate adoption across provider sites.

Learn more about Health IT


Licensure requirements of medical products distributors is often under jurisdiction of the Food and  Drug Administration, but state oversight has grown in recent years.  There are currently only 14 states that do not have specific licensure requirements for medical products distributors.

Learn more about Wholesale Distributor Licensure

Pedigree (Supply Chain Integrity)

In November 2013, Congress passed the Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204), creating a uniform, national standard for tracing pharmaceuticals through the supply chain. This national solution for tracking requirements known as product “pedigrees”, makes the supply chain safer and more secure.

Learn more about Pharmaceutical Pedigree  


HIDA's members provide a wide range of supplies and equipment to many settings that rely on 
Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates. Rates change annually and have enormous impact on the medical products industry and the providers they serve.

Learn more about Federal Reimbursement

Unique Device Identification (UDI)

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a phased implementation of a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system for medical devices to help reduce medical errors, facilitate device recalls, improve adverse event reporting and help insure product integrity.

Learn more about Unique Device Identification

Vendor Credentialing

Vendor credentialing requires health products vendors to meet varying criteria to enter healthcare institutions ensuring patient safety. Currently, there is little consistency among credentialing requirements but the industry is working collaboratively to strengthen safety efforts and identify effective, efficient practices.

Learn more about Vendor Credentialing

Health Industry Distributors Association
310 Montgomery Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1516, Phone: (703) 549-4432, Fax: (703) 549-6495