“I just received a letter about competitive bidding meaning that small businesses are actually losing out . . . I would like to know what I could do to keep this from happening because we’ve been losing our small businesses here in this small town for last 15 years”
The following call was received on CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678:
“Good afternoon. I am calling because I get my [???] supplies, I have COPD, from a local distributor in a very small town called Pontotoc, Mississippi. I just received a letter about competitive bidding meaning that small businesses are actually losing out and I’m not sure what’s going on. ….I would like to know what I could do to keep this from happening because we’ve been losing our small businesses here in this small town for last 15 years but I have come back to live here.
Editor’s Note: In the following article, the New York Times claims that “The jury is still out on a new system of competitive bidding that Medicare” and cites the conflicting views of the Administration and DME suppliers. The author of article neglected to talk with Medicare beneficiaries to learn their views about CMS’ not-so-competitive bidding program. Benficiaries and their families have called CRE’ s DME Hotline (1-800-613-7678) to voice their vehement opposition to a broken competitive bidding program that takes away their choice and harms their quality of care. Transcripts and original recordings of hundreds of calls to the Hotline may be found on our Discussion Forum.
From: HME NewsTopics included submitting a bid, touting the value of home care and reducing readmissions By Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s no accident that the HME News Business Summit was held here last week. Charlotte is, after all, a Round 1 competitive bidding area, something very much on the minds of the HME providers who attended the event.
The Summit, held Sept. 11-13 at the Marriott City Center, wasn’t all about competitive bidding, however. When attendees weren’t networking with fellow providers or enjoying the exhibits at the Levine Museum of the New South, they heard presentations about reducing hospital readmissions, the value of home care and the state of the industry.
One of the biggest fears Americans have about the expanding role of government in health care is that bureaucrats — not doctors and patients — will make decisions about what medical care they will, or more likely will not, get.
They should be afraid. It’s happening now and getting worse.
Government already decides what treatments public programs like Medicare and Medicaid will pay for. But government is getting more and more involved in micromanaging medical care, making sweeping decisions that can’t possibly take into account a patient’s unique needs. This runs completely counter to the trend in medical practice toward personalized care.
“Unilateral health care decision making without integral physician involvement is symptomatic of our legislative process in Washington”
Editor’s Note: In the following interview, a Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine discusses how CMS’ competitive bidding program may harm patient care.
From: Out of the Storm News
Q&A With Dr. Fred Eckhauser: Effects of CMS Competitive Bidding on Medical Technology
by Matthew Glans
By Ron Shinkman
Despite receiving multiple invitations to a Medicare fraud event at UCLA last week, the CMS honchoes ducked me as if I sported a plutonium necktie.
I was radioactive in a fashion: I didn’t have a camera crew with me, meaning there was danger I’d ask questions toddling far from sippy cup-safe sound bites. And true to form, I kept on asking about that darned competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME).
From: Health Care Finance News
little over a week ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported on the extension of the competitive bidding program. The plan of action was created to help lower costs medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies. The plan also increases competition for suppliers, while controlling payment rates for medical equipment and supplies.
CMS has stated that round one of bidding has saved 35 percent of costs compared to the fee schedule. While the first phase of the program was implemented for nine product categories in nine cities January 1, 2011, the second phase will launch with new prices on July 1, 2013. 91 metropolitan areas are arranged to be included.