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More Than 100 Winning Medicare Bidders In Maryland Don't Have Proper Licenses To Provide Medical Equipment To Patients
Date:6/5/2013

BALTIMORE, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicare's national bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME) is violating its own rules and may endanger beneficiaries after awarding contracts to winning bidders who haven't qualified for proper state and local licenses or accreditations, according to the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare).

AAHomecare said the practice is rampant in Maryland, Tennessee, and other states where the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to expand the dangerous and defective bidding program to 91 new areas in July. The bidding program has been sharply criticized since launching in nine localities in 2011.

Because of licensing and other problems, momentum is building in Congress to force CMS to delay Round 2 of the program. Furthermore, providers who didn't submit bids because of the licensing requirements are stunned and dismayed to learn that unlicensed competitors not only submitted bids, but have actually won contracts from CMS. In addition to being a public relations disaster for CMS, it could be the foundation for legal challenges. 

"Across Maryland, licensed providers are outraged at the prospect of transferring their patients to unlicensed providers," said Ann Horton , executive director of the Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association. "It is shocking that Medicare can simply choose not to follow their own rules in the bidding program, while awarding the majority of Maryland contracts to out-of-state providers. Here in Maryland, high-quality, local providers are now facing the prospect of going out o
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