“I deal with Genesis for all my medical equipment. I’m on Medicare, I’m 73 years old, and I would just like to say I’d like to keep the people I buy from or deal with through Medicare. All the equipment that I need, they’re very nice they help me, I’d appreciate if Congress would just leave things alone and let us elderly have the nice things that we have already without stripping us. I don’t appreciate …
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“Hi I’m on CPAP machine at night along with oxygen and I’m on oxygen 24 hours a day. So if they take it away from me, I don’t know what I’ll do. … I hope you don’t have to lose it because I’m very dependent upon it thank you.”
Seniors in Kansas City Region Report Problems Obtaining Home Medical Equipment and Services under Controversial Medicare Bidding System
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Medicare beneficiaries are reporting problems receiving medically required home medical equipment and services following the January 1, 2011 implementation of Medicare’s “competitive” bidding program in Kansas City and nine other regions across the U.S. The bidding program will affect many of the more than 250,000 seniors and people living with disabilities in the Kansas City area who are enrolled in Medicare.
The bidding program applies to oxygen therapy, enteral nutrients (tube feeding), continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) and …
From: HME News
Beneficiaries are quiet on bidding issues
By Theresa Flaherty Managing Editor
BALTIMORE – While reports of problems associated with Round 1 of competitive bidding are trickling in, one group has remained quiet: beneficiaries.
“We are not hearing anywhere near enough (from beneficiaries),” said Wayne Stanfield, executive director of NAIMES. “There are obviously problems, but not enough that would make Congress take notice.”
Reported problems so far range from delayed hospital discharges to trouble finding the right equipment or provider, but most of these problems are being reported by providers themselves.