CMS’s Blum gets an earful

From: HME News

POTOSI, Mo. – CMS’s Jonathan Blum on May 21 visited Healthcare Equipment & Supply and participated in a roundtable discussion about competitive bidding issues in rural areas. Blum, deputy administrator of CMS and director of its Center for Medicare, heard concerns about Missouri’s rural Washington County being included in Round 2 of the program. The added expense of traveling more miles to serve patients for reduced rates under competitive bidding may mean patients will have to pay out of pocket, attendees told Blum. Rep. Jo An Emerson, R-Mo., arranged and attended the visit.

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