CMS has set Sept. 30, 2009, as the deadline by which all DMEPOS suppliers must be accredited in order to continue Medicare billing privileges. During the conference, Bastinelli also urged providers to get their accreditation applications in by Jan. 31, 2009, in order to make sure they have time to meet the September deadline. CMS has said it cannot guarantee accreditation for providers who do not apply to one of its approved accrediting bodies by Jan. 31.
-This quote is coming right out of the final rule that was published on Medicare's website on October 14, 2008.
I have checked out the 10 accrediting body websites and they are all saying that the first site visit would be scheduled six months after your initial contact.