Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Senate Staff Should Bring Tough Questions to CMS Briefing on Bidding Program March 14

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will give U.S. Senate staff an update on Rounds One and Two of the dangerously flawed HME “competitive” bidding program on Wednesday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. The briefing will be held the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-430.

We are urging HME providers to alert their Senators about the importance of this briefing. This is our opportunity to explain the negative consequences of Round One in terms of patients’ reduced access to homecare, the harm to HME providers, and alarm about the spread of the bidding program to 91 additional areas in Round Two.

Please ask that your Senators’ health legislative assistants 1) attend the briefing, 2) ask CMS tough questions about the program, and 3) request that CMS release additional information about bidding program.

If you would like more information about the briefing, please contact Jay Witter at jayw@aahomecare.org, 703-535-1884.

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