OIG says New York could save big on DME

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WASHINGTON – The New York Medicaid program could have saved $8.9 million in 2011-2012, if it had established a competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG reviewed 70 DME items and found that for 54 items average Medicare payments rates were significantly lower than New York Medicaid rates. The state disagreed with the OIG’s recommendation to establish a competitive bidding program.