As an employee of a small family owned HME company
As an employee of a small family owned HME company ( they have had this family business for 73 years in their family) I find it quite appalling that a Medicare patient will be forced to only use a HME/DME company that has been deemed by Medicare as a Medicare provider. Our company offers our customers so much more than just equipment. They are part of our family and are treated as such. With competitive bidding everything will be based solely on low pricing and low ball bidding. Bigger companies will be okay, but a smaller company such as ours will suffer and possibly go out of business. This isn’t the American way and a Medicare patient should have provider choices for their home medical equipment and supplies. My request is that this competitive bidding is completely done away with and a Medicare patient has the right to choose where they prefer to go for their oxygen, hospital beds, wheelchairs, etc.