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Medicare Beneficiaries At Risk Says AAHomecare
Date:2/15/2013

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Leading economists and auction experts openly declare that the bidding program established by CMS is a sham. Why hasn't Congress done something about it? Are lawmakers blinded by the smokescreens that CMS keeps erecting?

The Medicare bidding program uses economic coercion to force homecare providers to submit unsustainable bids in order to win contracts. Because Medicare is the largest third-party purchaser of home medical care, its market power effectively compels providers to bid at unsustainable reimbursement rates to ensure the opportunity to continue serving Medicare beneficiaries. Thus far, 244 economists, more than two dozen consumer and disability groups, 186 members of Congress, and the National Federation of Independent Business have opposed the current bidding program.  

On January 30, CMS alleged that the Medicare program will save an average of 45 percent on certain medical equipment by extending the bidding program to 91 new areas. Those so-called savings are created by a sharp decline in utilization of home medical equipment, such as oxygen therapy, power wheelchairs, and hospital beds. What CMS doesn't say is that the government's own data shows that emergency room visits, longer hospital stays, and more confinements in costly nursing homes occur when Medicare beneficiaries aren't using certain home medical equipment. So this is a shell game—CMS can claim d
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