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Medicare Bidding System for Medical Equipment Plagued by Flaws, Delays, Lack of Transparency
Date:11/3/2010

ce. So, this bidding system is really nothing more than a badly designed solution in search of a problem. Medicare patients and providers will pay a steep price if this system goes forward."

Consumer, patient, and homecare groups support H.R. 3790, a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate the bidding program in a fiscally responsible manner. That legislation would lower reimbursement rates for durable medical equipment but would allow providers to continue competing to serve Medicare beneficiaries on the basis of service and quality. The bipartisan bill has 257 cosponsors, including more than half of the Democrats and more than half of the Republicans in the House.

CONTACTS: Michael Reinemer, 703-535-1881, michaelr@aahomecare.org;  Tilly Gambill, 703-535-1896, tillyg@aahomecare.org

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and others  in the homecare community that serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states.  Please visit www.aahomecare.org/athome.


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