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From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Waterbury, CT)

“I received something in the mail saying that Congress has passed a law that I’m forced to use a different home medical equipment. I don’t want it. What happened to free choice? I want to continue using the company that I have. They’re extremely efficient and very reliable. I certainly doesn’t mean that I’m going to be forced to get somebody that YOU want. OK. Thank you.”

From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Taylor, MI)

“I just recently was diagnosed with needing oxygen at home. I went out and bought my own hospital bed but if I had to start paying for oxygen that I’m getting, that going to really run up an expense. I’m sure it’s not going to stop at that. I just had a PET scan for my lungs because they think other problems there and I really wish you’d leave the Medicaid alone. We have enough problems … Continue Reading

From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (New Britain, CT)

“I do not want to see my provider of medical equipment, in my case oxygen equipment, I don’t want to see Obama the one who decides what company I can use. The one I’ve been using has been very good. And I just want Obama out of it. Thank you.”

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From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Freeport, NY)

“I so far have not had any difficulty because I have  been able to pick the company for my medical equipment and I would like to keep it that way.”

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CMS Sued For Not Specifying Financial Standards In DME Competitive Bid Program

[From Inside Washington Publishing]

Posted: May 10, 2010

A Texas trade association and a Dallas oxygen company have taken CMS to court over its durable medical equipment competitive bidding program, alleging the agency violated Medicare law by neither specifying nor allowing public comment on the financial standards companies must meet to participate.

The lawsuit complains that bidders for the program, including plaintiff Dallas Oxygen Corp., “had to formulate their bids while being in the dark about the financial standards that would … Continue Reading

From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Naples, FL)

“Hello, I live in Naples, FL. I have been treated for the last past year for sleep apnea so I have a CPAP-type machine and serviced by a local equipment provider with supplies and whatnot.  My wife has been supplied with a wheelchair on a monthly basis with another supplier.  So, I just appreciate the service they provide and hope it can continue without a lot of red-tape. Thank you very much.”

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From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Gallup, NM)

“I do not use oxygen service, but my father in law who lives next door does. He just received a letter stating that the company that supplies him his oxygen maybe cut from being able to do the service that they provide for him because of quote unquote competitive bidding.  Sometimes competitive bidding means less quality and less service, which is going to happen with him. He’s been very pleased with what he’s been getting, and … Continue Reading