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Independent Study Concludes Medicare 'Competitive' Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment Could Negatively Affect Care Access, Quality, and Choice for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Date:9/14/2010

entilator Users Network, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Emphysema/COPD Association, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and Post-Polio Health International, among others.

The report, commissioned by the American Association for Homecare, was intended to educate policymakers about the risks posed by the DMEPOS bidding program. See the full text at www.aahomecare.org/competitivebidding. A member of the American Association for Homecare will testify at Wednesday's Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.

Dobson | DaVanzo conducted interviews with patient advocates, beneficiaries, hospital discharge planners, academic experts, former CMS officials and contractors, and providers in the DME community. The firm also reviewed government reports, congressional testimony, and journal articles to examine the potential impact of the program.

Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC is a health care economics consulting firm based in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The work of the principals has influenced numerous public policy decisions and appears in legislation and regulation. Dobson | DaVanzo researchers have provided testimony to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and the U.S. Treasury, as well as before members of Congress, state legislatures, and numerous stakeholder groups.

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

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