Editor’s Note: A crucial factor that needs to be considered in evaluating DME budget issues is the cost savings to taxpayers from Medicare beneficiaries receiving health care services in home settings and staying out of the hospital to the greatest extent possible. Any competitive bidding-driven reductions in patient care and services would lead to needlessly higher health care costs.
From: New York Times
Rene Letourneau, Managing Editor
WASHINGTON – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday operational details for the next stage in its competitive bidding program despite ongoing opposition from patient advocacy groups, economists and 145 members of Congress.
The Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) was expanded by the Affordable Care Act and CMS expects it will save Medicare, seniors and taxpayers more than $28 billion over 10 years.