COPD Foundation challenges GAO report

Friday, April 25, 2014

WASHINGTON – The COPD Foundation “takes great umbrage” with a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which said that the advocacy groups it interviewed for the report expressed no widespread concern over beneficiary access under the competitive bidding program. “The COPD Foundation has contended for some time that CMS should exempt oxygen from the DME competitive bidding program,” the foundation said in a recent release. “Had the GAO interviewed the COPD Foundation, we would have had the opportunity to express our displeasure and growing concern with this flawed program.” The foundation has been in contact with the CMS Ombudsman regarding access issues, and says the bid program has been a hardship on beneficiaries.