McCaskill calls hearing on HME marketing tactics

Thursday, April 11, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has scheduled a hearing to address HME marketing tactics, according to a press release. In advance of the hearing, entitled “Oversight and Business Practices of Durable Medical Equipment Companies,” McCaskill is encouraging those who have experienced aggressive sales tactics from HME companies, such as “repeated telephone calls and aggressive sales pitches,” to call her office and share their stories. “It’s clear talking to folks in and out of Missouri that what’s going on in this industry deserves scrutiny,” McCaskill stated. “These sales tactics are costing taxpayers money.” The hearing, slated for April 24, is the first for McCaskill’s new panel: the Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight. Witnesses testifying before the panel will include representatives from CMS, along with individuals representing companies in the HME industry, the release stated.