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Patient and Disability Groups Support Bill to Begin Market Pricing System for Home Medical Equipment in Medicare
Date:11/14/2012

ospitalized for longer periods and may require more frequent physician visits.

Unfortunately, consumers are already experiencing access problems in nine Round One areas. Since the January 1, 2011 implementation of this program, hundreds of consumers, patients and providers have reported problems and complaints about having access to medically required durable medical equipment and services. We expect these complaints to increase dramatically if the program expands to an additional 91 areas across the nation. The program impacts individuals with significant disabilities, the chronically ill and frail elderly who require wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen therapy, enteral nutrients (tube feeding), continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) and respiratory assistive devices, hospital beds and support surfaces, as well as mail-order diabetic supplies. Complex rehab wheelchairs are exempt under MPP, as they are with the current bidding program.

Consumers, physicians and clinicians all agree that the current bidding program is disrupting the continuum of care by restricting consumers from going to their providers of choice in order to receive the appropriate items and services that they need. Enacting a market-based auction program will ensure that beneficiaries receive high-quality service and equipment that they have become accustomed to receiving and will lower health care costs by enabling beneficiaries to stay in their homes with the products and services on which they depend.

Coverage for these needed products and services would give our community the right to fully participate in society and live active, productive independent lives with access to employment, educational and social opportunities. Without the right DME products and services, our ability to access the community is significantly limited and restricts our going to work, school or places of worship, physician visits and other medical services as well as taking care of grocery shopping or o
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