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Homecare Association Says CMS Pricing For DME Equipment Will Endanger Seniors, Cost Jobs, And Force Business Closures
Date:1/30/2013

am is dismantling the network of providers that are the core of the Medicare DME procurement system. It is a grave disservice to the Medicare beneficiaries who depend on the providers for vital equipment, products, and services."

Consumer advocates and Medicare beneficiaries are alarmed that the dangerous and defective bidding program is poised to continue expanding.

An organization, People for Quality Care, collects stories from seniors and people living with disabilities who are adversely impacted by government healthcare policies.  They cite how a couple, Paul and Mary, have been impacted by the CMS bidding program.

Because of the bidding program, Mary was forced to change medical equipment providers in January 2011. But, unlike the previous provider, the new one is not located in the town where he lives. Paul reports that the new oxygen provider visits much less often than the old provider, now visiting once every six months instead of once every three. At one point an entire year had passed before a provider visited. Paul called the provider for new oxygen tanks and was told that since his wife "isn't as bad as other people, she doesn't need the same attention."

Thus, Paul told People for Quality Care that he has been forced to make oxygen concentrator adjustments on his own when coached by a doctor, and he is much more worried than he was before. He admits that he is not trained to monitor the meter and to know when adjustments are necessary.

"This is an example of how some of the most vulnerable people in our society are affected by the Medicare bidding program," Wilson said.  "This couple is forced to live in fear because of this bad public policy."

The American Association for Homecare represents providers of home medical or durable medical equipment and services who serve the needs of millions of Americans who require prescribed oxygen therapy, wheelchairs, enteral feeding, and other medical equipme
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