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New York Home Medical Providers Call on Congress to Preserve Homecare as an Option for Seniors and People With Disabilities
Date:8/5/2010

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providers of home medical equipment and services across New York are proposing a fiscally responsible alternative to the mislabeled "competitive" bidding scheme currently under way in Medicare. The bidding program will actually discourage competition, reduce access to care for many of New York's nearly three million Medicare beneficiaries, and put hundreds of homecare providers in the state out of business.

"As a result of CMS' inability to create an equitable reimbursement for certain durable medical equipment items, Congress intervened and mandated competitive bidding as an alternative to the long standing methodology," said Carol Napierski, executive director of the New York Medical Equipment Providers Association (NYMEP).  "The bidding program, which is scheduled to begin in several cities in New York in 2011, will change how services are provided.  This complex program may result in patients needing to change their current provider. In some cases, depending upon the services, patients may have more than one provider of medical equipment."   

The bidding process for home medical equipment and services (HME) is now under way in nine metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., with an additional 91 "round two" areas scheduled to be affected next year. A recent study showed that round two areas in New York, including New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, and Syracuse<
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