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Florida Physicians Press Sen. Martinez to Support Reform of Medicare Bidding Program after Hospital Discharge Problems Emerge
Date:7/14/2008

, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and United Spinal Association.

Unless reformed and improved, the bidding program will eliminate thousands of qualified providers from Medicare and reduce services and access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. Wilson noted that providers as well as consumer advocates and other stakeholders have argued that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were implementing a flawed bidding program that would put Medicare beneficiaries at risk, while failing to deliver on promises that it would increase competition and lower price over the long haul. Two recent economic studies predicted the program would fail to deliver on its promises.

"Unfortunately, the situations unfolding in Florida are occurring in the other locations across the country," Wilson said. "Our Medicare beneficiaries deserve better treatment."

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