I work for a small, family owned DME company in a rural part of Ohio. One of the many services we offer is home oxygen. We have been accredited for years (long before it was mandatory) and also have state liscensure. The services that we provide to an ever increasing aging and chronically ill population is extremely important. The oxygen payment cap rule and (not-so) competitive bidding is making it harder and harder to offer quality equipment with a high level of service. The constant cuts the government are enforcing, with the goal of lowering cost and increasing quality are doing the exact opposite. The final outcome, if changes are not made, is fewer suppliers, and even higher unemployment rates. Small businesses, such as ours, cannot survive.
Just one specific example of how the oxygen cap is not working is a client we are currently trying to work with. She moved to our area to live with a daughter, due to decling health. She was “stuck” with her current oxygen provider because of the oxygen cap requirement. The current provider is in another state and the family is meeting other family members half way just to get portable oxygen tanks. The supply issue alone is a problem, not to even mention the service component.
It is incredibly important to the future of small businesses (and larger ones too) along with patients that depend on high quality care to remain in their home (thus saving health care dollars)that the oxygen payment cap be removed and (agin, not-so) competitve bidding be dropped.