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Medicare Policies Restricting Power Wheelchair Repairs Leave Vulnerable Beneficiaries with Limited Mobility
Date:7/26/2013

>forced to lay off workers, close their businesses, or no longer service Medicare patients. In addition, Medicare beneficiaries report instances where new providers contracted under the initial stage of the bidding program were endangering their health by not providing either the equipment or the level of service they had received previously.

Lawmakers in Congress, as well as HME providers and consumer advocates, urged CMS to suspend the bidding program so that the agency could address mounting problems. Instead, CMS expanded it from nine to 91 metropolitan areas across the country on July 1. 

AAHomecare has filed a federal lawsuit asking for expansion of the program to be stopped, saying it 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. 

"It's clear that the bidding program is doing a disservice to Medicare beneficiaries," said Tyler Wilson, president of AAHomecare. "We urge Congress to take action and suspend the program until the problems are fixed. Maybe lawmakers will listen to their constituents, people like William Welch, who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect."

The American Association for Homecare represents providers of home medical or durable medical equipment and services who serve the needs of millions of Americans who require prescribed oxygen therapy, wheelchairs, enteral feeding, and other medical equipment, services, and supplies at home. Visit ww
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