Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Hill Healthwatch blog Reports on Bidding Train Wreck

The blog posting for February 1 reports- "War over bidding: One month since the beginning of Medicare's competitive bidding program for Durable Medical Equipment in nine metro areas, the American Association for Homecare says patients are reporting myriad problems.

Problems include difficulty finding a local equipment or service provider; delays in obtaining medically required equipment and services; longer than necessary hospital stays due to trouble discharging patients to home-based care; far fewer choices for patients when selecting equipment or providers; reduced quality; and confusing or incorrect information provided by Medicare."

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