A discussion on competitive bidding’s affect on small businesses took place last week after Representative Altmire visited Blackburn’s, a DME provider in Tarentum, Pa. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette picked up the story and discussed the impact of round one of competitive bidding on Pennsylvania providers. He spoke with Congressman Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) and Blackburn’s Vice President Georgie Blackburn. The story begins, “Medicare’s plan to cut costs has some small medical suppliers here and nationwide worried that they’ll be locked out of a market that historically has provided a third or more of their business.” The story and visit come on the heels of CMSs’ announcement of the 70 MSAs for the second round of bidding. All providers should take this cue and invite their Member of Congress to tour an HME company.
See full text of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story at: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08011/848326-28.stm. (Photo of Congressman Altmire and Georgie Blackburn during the Representatives visit)