• CRE Letter to HHS: Adhere to the President’s Regulatory Initiative by Reforming Competitive Bidding

    CRE has sent a letter to the General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services stating that “HHS needs to provide highest priority to conducting a retrospective review of CMS’ Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Competitive Bidding regulations” under President Obama’s Executive Order 13563.

    The letter explains that the DME competitive bidding regulations contradict “the President’s regulatory goals by needlessly sacrificing thousands of small businesses and tens of thousands of jobs.” 

    The President wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “Small firms drive growth and create most new jobs in this country. We need to make sure nothing stands in their way.”  CRE wrote that “CMS competitive bidding rule stands squarely in the way of saving tens of thousands of small business and their jobs.”

    CRE also explained that, in explicit opposition to the President’s regulatory goals, the DME regulations create needless burdens, strip beneficiaries of their freedom of choice and even of their dignity and violate the Order’s requirement that agencies use objective scientific processes.

    The letter calls on the “General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that retrospective review plan delivered to OIRA provides the highest level of priority to reviewing and fixing the DME competitive bidding program.”

    Attached below is CRE’s letter to HHS.


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