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Homecare Provider Testifies on Downside of Medicare 'Competitive' Bidding Program Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee
Date:9/15/2010

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A bipartisan bill in Congress, H.R. 3790, would replace the Medicare bidding program with other types of cost savings and reduce reimbursements to home medical equipment providers, but preserve patient access to medically required equipment and services in the home.  So far, the bill has 255 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support. More than half of both the Democratic and Republican delegations in the House support H.R. 3790.

Patient and consumer groups that support the elimination of Medicare's bidding program for durable medical equipment include the ALS Association, the American Association for Respiratory Care, the American Association of People with Disabilities, International Ventilator Users Network, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Emphysema/COPD Association, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and Post-Polio Health International, among others.

Statement by Karen A. Lerner, RN, MSN, ATP, CWS

Registered Nurse, Wound Care, Support Surface & Rehab Specialist for Allcare Medical, Sayreville, NJ for House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on "Medicare's Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment: Implications for Quality, Cost and Access"

September 15, 2010

"Thank you for the opportunity to testify about Medicare's bidding program for home medical equipment.  My name is Karen Lerner and I am a Registered Nurse and a Wound Care, Support Surface and Rehab Specialist for Allcare Medical in Sayreville, New Jersey.  Allcare has been in business since 1963.  We have 200 employees and serve about 25,000 patients per year.

Allcare Medical is a member of the Jersey Association of Medical Equipment Services and the American Association for Homecare.  

I am here today representing the homecare community. My goal is to explain
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