Posts Tagged ‘competitive bidding’

We all know that the Competitive Bidding Program for Home Medical Equipment is flawed and unsustainable. Congress heard your cries to repeal this disastrous program, and they asked, “But what shall we replace it with?” After careful collaboration between expert auction designers, the HME Industry, and beneficiaries, an efficient, effective auction program has been developed that will repeal Competitive Bidding and replace it with the Market Pricing Program. This program brings real, sustainable savings through market-driven competition for medical equipment while protecting beneficiaries.

Learn about the Market Pricing Program and its legislative bill, HR 6490.

Last week we had the privilege of meeting with one of Tennessee’s vocal homecare champions, Representative Marsha Blackburn. She wholeheartedly advocates for patient choice and continues to work diligently to repeal the problematic “Competitive Bidding” Program. As the elections draw near, do you know where your candidates stand concerning homecare issues?

Learn about Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee’s 7th District and how she fights for patients and your homecare benefits.

Boomberg Government (the government arm of Business Week’s parent company) released a 26 page study on “Competitive Bidding” for Home Medical Equipment & raises some serious questions about the program’s viability.

We traveled to DC in our latest efforts to replace the poorly designed “competitive bidding” program with the economist-backed Market Pricing Program. This new program will save taxpayers money while protecting patient choice and access to quality medical equipment from reputable suppliers. Learn details of MPP and how you can help protect your Medicare benefits!

We’re traveling to Washington DC to speak with our elected representatives about homecare issues. Hundreds of homecare advocates from across the country will be flying in to attend a national legislative conference that focuses on ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries have access to quality home medical equipment (HME) and services.

However; we need your help! While not everyone can fly to Washington to speak out, you can make a difference from home. I urge you to contact your senators and Member of Congress and ask for a repeal of the Competitive Bidding Program and support of the Market Pricing Program. Read the latest Homecare Advocate post for talking points and a link that lets you send an e-mail to your elected officials in two easy steps.

Innovation is a key component of health care, but the federal auction program for HME will stifle research & development by an est $50 billion. Forbes Magazine forewarns “shortages of critical medical equipment — and future patients will be deprived of the next generation of cutting-edge healthcare tools” unless this program is stopped.

Today Homecare Advocate investigates the question, Can we survive on old technology? Read to find out more.

Read this powerful joint letter from leading disability groups requesting that the Super Committee not cut homecare benefits to Medicare & Medicaid beneficiaries.

Homecare Advocate has been covering issues related to the controversial bidding program that will detrimentally affect seniors and destroy the homecare equipment supplier network throughout our country. Today, The Tennessean published an article highlighting concerns from the supplier community on their ability to withstand the low-ball bid pricing that occurs in this contentious program. 244 economists have weighed in on this program, predicting system-wide failure and unsustainable pricing that is manipulated by the government. End result? Bad policy for seniors and for the thousands of mom-and-pop homecare equipment supply companies throughout the country.

The government is rolling out a controversial program that restricts the autonomy of Medicare recipients to receive quality care from their chosen HME company. This program is fraught with serious and consequential problems that will wreak havoc on elderly and disabled Americans and small businesses like Lambert’s throughout our great country. The controversy over this program is growing, and on Friday, CMS announced that all 4 of Tennessee’s major cities and surrounding towns will be on the chopping block in early 2013. This will affect all of Lambert’s patients living in Knoxville, Lenoir City, Maryville/Alcoa, Oak Ridge, Powell, Clinton, Loudon, Townsend, Corryton, and 17 other cities close by. Click the link below to learn more about this program and how it will impact you.