Could ‘doc fix’ fix bidding?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is urging HME providers to reach out to Senate Finance Committee members in the wake of a late-breaking development concerning competitive bidding.

The committee is scheduled to markup a sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform bill, or “doc fix” bill, tomorrow at 10 a.m. and Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Rob Portman R-Ohio, Pat Roberts, R-Kan. and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., all members of the committee, have either offered to include or are supporting including amendments to the bill to fix the competitive bidding program.

“Today is the day to make your thoughts on the disastrous Medicare bidding program known to your senators,” AAHomecare stated in a bulletin to members. “This is the first time in many years that the Senate has taken action to help us, so now we all need to help ourselves by drumming up as much additional support as possible.”

AAHomecare is advising providers to call senators who sit on the committee and ask them to support the amendments. If their senator is not on the committee, they should ask them to contact the committee’s leadership and declare their support.

For a list of committee members, go here.