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Layoffs And Business Closures Caused By Medicare Bidding Program Will Harm Patients Says AAHomecare
Date:2/27/2013

k , president of Diabetes Plus, Inc., a family-owned business for over 32 years, faces a similar dilemma in Warren, Mich., where he will have to lay off half his staff.

"Because of the ridiculously low bid rates for diabetes supplies we will lose approximately 1,200 customers, which is 45-50% of our business," he says. "Most of our Medicare customers pick up their name brand supplies at our store. But, when July 1, 2013 rolls around they will have to deal with a mail order company and they mostly certainly will not be receiving name brand products. This will be confusing to them as well as forcing them to use inferior products. This will probably lead to poor diabetes control and more complications, which will lead to more doctor and hospital visits."

Tyler Wilson , president of the American Association for Homecare, called on Congress to implement a market pricing system that would set fair prices for DME, while preventing widespread hardship among providers and beneficiaries.

"The evidence clearly shows that the CMS bidding program is nothing short of a disaster for beneficiaries and providers," Wilson says. "This is bad public policy, and it's time for Congress to step in and establish a procurement process that can provide Medicare beneficiaries with the quality services and products that they deserve."    

DME Matters is published periodically to inform Congress, the administration, policymakers, consumer organizations, and the media about the dangers of Medicare's bidding program for home medical equipment. To learn more about the effort to end this dangerous and defective procurement process, visit www.aahomecare.org or contact Julie Driver at julied@aahomecare.org.    


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