July 17th, 2009 at 08:26
Medicare spokesmen have repeatedly stated that it is there specific intention to drastically reduce the number of DME suppliers. Rather than do their job and properly screen those to whom they issue provider numbers they are resorting to a ’scorched earth’ policy in an attempt to reduce cost and get rid of providers that should have never been allowed into the system in the first place.
There are sufficient regulations on the books now that would permit them to shut down any DME provider in the country that they deemed to be abusive or fraudlent.
Right now the government owned GM is shutting down dealerships so they can reestablish ‘pricing power’. Yet in the DME industry they are wanting to shut down dealerships with the argument that it will reduce prices. Which is the lie?