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Open Season for Becoming a CDO

Did you miss your opportunity to become a CDO last year? Well, that time is closely approaching. (Dates TBD). Please see below an overview of what you must do to become a CDO.  As more information is released, it will be shared.

To apply to become a CDO during the CDO Application Open Season, you must:

  1. Applicants must access and complete the application by using the CDO Application web form. CMS will review your application and send a Preliminary Approval email to applicants that meet CDO program requirements. The Preliminary Approval email includes guidance about how to access and submit a signed CMS-CDO agreement. Your organization will not receive final approval until you complete and return a signed CMS-CDO agreement and receive formal approval from CMS.
  2. Access and submit a signed CMS-CDO agreement using guidance provided in the Preliminary Approval email. CMS will review your signed CMS-CDO agreement and send a Welcome Packet email to applicants that meet CDO program requirements. You should keep a copy of your Welcome Packet email, your CDO ID, contact information, and the counter signature page of the CMS-CDO agreement for your records.
    If CMS sends an email requesting additional information during the application process, you must provide the requested information to proceed in the application process. CMS will not process your application without this information.

For full information and application forms and guidance visit CMS.gov dedicated page

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