With respect to all of the promised savings and advantages of the "competitive" bidding program, I maintain that what sounds too good to be true, is too good to be true. This ill-conceived program will single-handedly destroy the home medical services sector, harm the patients we serve and ultimately increase Medicare costs.
History of the HME Competitive Bidding Program
The problems associated with the first round of bidding in 2008 ultimately led Congress to delay the program in order for CMS to address the significant flaws.
Unfortunately, CMS failed to make the necessary, substantive changes to address the problems. They did not change how the single payment amount was determined nor did they listen to industry experts on how many homecare providers were necessary to service the patient population. During the recent new bidding for Round One we found:
Lack of Government Transp
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