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American Association for Homecare Calls for Market-Based Alternative to Medicare's Flawed Competitive Bidding Program
Date:4/18/2012

ith fraud prevention.  In fact, the exact opposite is true, according to the market experts who warned Congress that the CMS bidding program "will lead to a 'race to the bottom' fostering fraud and corruption." 

The real solution to keeping criminals out of Medicare is better screening, real-time claims audits, and better enforcement mechanisms for Medicare. Two years ago, the American Association for Homecare proposed to Congress an aggressive, 13-point legislative action plan to combat fraud, and most of those provisions have been included in regulations or congressional legislation. Moreover, two important anti-fraud requirements for home medical equipment providers – accreditation and surety bonds – took effect more than two years ago, in September 2009.   

MYTH #4:  Only the home medical equipment sector opposes the bidding system.

REALITY:   In addition to the economists and bidding experts who have expressed grave concerns about the bidding program, 30 consumer and patient advocacy organizations have called for a halt to the bidding system. Those groups include the ALS Association, the Brain Injury Association of America, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the International Ventilator Users Network, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Emphysema and COPD Association, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and United Spinal Association, among others.

These consumer groups support H.R. 1041, a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate the bidding program. The bipartisan bill has 171 cosponsors so far, including roughly equal proportions of Republicans and Democrats.  

MYTH #5:  The bidding system is good for Medicare beneficiaries.

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