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Medicare Bidding Program Puts Diabetic Patients in Danger
Date:7/11/2013

h results in delays receiving their testing supplies," said Jeffrey Mignone, senior vice president of operations at Byram Healthcare in White Plains, N.Y. "Due to this delay, I can only assume that some of these consumers will inevitably not test their blood sugar levels, with potentially some impact to our healthcare system. Plus, we are hearing physicians complain about needing to authorize new prescriptions and medical chart notes, and they are not happy about it."

Tyler Wilson, president of AAHomecare, said the problem with diabetic testing is yet another reason why the expansion of the bidding program to 91 new areas on July 1 should be stopped until several critical areas can be addressed.  "Clearly, the mail-order testing supplies are putting the health of Medicare beneficiaries in jeopardy," Wilson said.  "We need to pause the program and address the mounting issues associated with it. There must be confidence that the most vulnerable people in our nation—seniors and people living with disabilities—are receiving the quality care and service that they deserve."

Last month, AAHomecare filed a federal lawsuit asking for a delay in the expansion of the program, saying the bidding program violated its own rules by allowing companies without proper state and local licenses to submit bids and later win contracts to provide goods and services to Medicare beneficiaries.

Under the dangerous and defective bidding program, durable medical equipment (DME) such as oxygen tanks, power wheelchairs, hospital beds, and diabetic testing supplies are provided to Medicare beneficiaries by a small number of contracted companies. But the bidding program has be
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