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Delay of Medicare Bidding Program for Home Medical Equipment Underscores Severe Problems with Program; Support Surges for Bipartisan Bill to Repeal the Bid Program
Date:5/4/2011

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  • CMS has revised the implementation timeline for round two of the bidding program, which targets an additional 91 metropolitan statistical areas, and says it will announce contract winners for the 91 areas in Spring 2013 for implementation in Summer 2013.  

    "We have said for a long time that competitive bidding will not work for Medicare patients or businesses," said Tyler Wilson. "Home-based care is the most cost-effective setting for post-acute care and long-term care, yet Congress has been cutting reimbursement rates for home medical equipment and services for more than a decade even though it represents less than 1.5 percent of Medicare spending. Medicare spending in this sector is declining.  This bidding program is merely a solution in search of a problem."  

    The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and other organizations in the homecare community. Members serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, home infusion, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. The Association's members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. Visit www.aahomecare.org/competitivebidding.


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