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New Jersey Home Medical Providers Call on Congress to Preserve Homecare as an Option for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Date:6/1/2010

quality," says David Ferguson, vice president and general manager of AtHome Medical in Morris Plains, N.J.  "Our differentiating factors have always been the reliability of our products, the timeliness of our service, and the expertise of our clinicians and support staff. What we observed in the 2008 program implementation, which was delayed, was nearly 90 percent of the existing providers were prevented from servicing Medicare beneficiaries.  The provision of care was awarded to some firms with little or no experience servicing the local market and those who had submitted unsustainably low rates, or 'suicide bids,' without thought as to the whether they could sustain care, let alone quality care.  In an environment with reduced competition, quality always suffers."  

The bidding process is now underway in nine metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the U.S., and that process begins in 91 more MSAs next year, including three MSAs that cover 80 percent of New Jersey.  

"With all of the changes the homecare sector has had to absorb over the past several years, our company has had to make some very difficult decisions regarding the services and products we can continue to offer," states Dr. Kevin Saluck, vice president of clinical operations at Sayreville, N.J.-based Allcare Medical, and president of JAMES.  "CMS has forced us down a one-way street.  At the end of this street, we will be forced to offer lesser quality products, fewer services and unfortunately, a much different business model to our referrals and customers."  

"Over the course of the last three years, we have increasingly moved away from Medicare business in preparation for this bidding program," says '/>"/>

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