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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

petitive bidding is doublespeak for a low-ball, price-fixing, company-eliminating, job-destroying program destined to degrade and diminish the choices and services provided to the sick and elderly. Such a con, spun to a money-saving tune, will result in increased expenditures due to unmet home care needs.  Apparently CMS would prefer an ER visit over quality home care."

Patient and consumer groups that support the elimination of Medicare's "competitive" bidding program for durable medical equipment include the ALS Association, the American Association for Respiratory Care, the American Association of People with Disabilities, International Ventilator Users Network, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Emphysema/COPD Association, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and Post-Polio Health International, among others.

Proponents of the Medicare bidding program for durable medical equipment have perpetuated several myths about the program. However, the reality is quite different.

MYTH:  The bidding program will be good for Medicare beneficiaries.

REALITY: It will, in fact, reduce access to medically required equipment and services.

MYTH:  The program will eliminate Medicare fraud in the durable medical equipment sector.

REALITY: The solution to fraud is better screening of providers, real-time claims audits, stiffer penalties, and better enforcement mechanisms for Medicare – steps that the home medical providers support.

MYTH: Providers will be competing on quality and price.

REALITY: The bidding program will ration care. Home medical equipment providers already compete on the basis of quality and help move people smoothly from hospitals to cost-effective care at ho
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