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Seniors and People with Disabilities Will Pay Steep Price for Medicare's 'Competitive' Bidding Program for Home Medical Equipment
Date:7/1/2010

ditation and surety bonds for home medical equipment providers – will go far toward eliminating fraud. 

MYTH: The bidding program is good for business because it creates a more competitive environment.

REALITY: The program coerces providers to bid at unsustainable Medicare reimbursement rates.  In the first round of the program in 2008, 90 percent of qualified providers were barred from serving Medicare beneficiaries for the bid-upon homecare items and services.  

MYTH: The bidding program will make healthcare more cost-effective.

REALITY: The home is already the most cost-effective setting for post-acute care. As more people receive good equipment and services at home, the U.S. will spend less on longer hospital says, emergency room visits, and nursing home admissions.  Home medical equipment is an important part of the solution to the nation's healthcare funding crisis. Home medical equipment represents less than two percent of Medicare spending. 

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and others  in the homecare community that serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states.  Please visit www.aahomecare.org/athome.


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