From: HME News
By Mike Moran Executive Editor – 01.24.2011
YARMOUTH, Maine – When it comes to letting the competitive bidding program fail, HME providers are beginning to look like their own worst enemies.
Losing providers are, in some instances, artificially propping it up, say industry watchers.
By subcontracting at unprofitable rates, or providing services for free to beneficiaries who can’t locate a winning provider, losing providers are sparing beneficiaries pain and suffering. Without that pain and suffering, beneficiaries won’t complain to CMS, lawmakers and referral sources.
That’s not good, say industry watchers.