Industry puts collective signature on bid letter
ARLINGTON, Va. – It's down to the wire this week for HME industry stakeholders attempting to halt the national competitive bidding rule from going into effect April 18.
On Monday, AAHomecare and 27 regional and state associations sent a letter asking that the rule be rescinded and reviewed.
"This flawed regulation would wipe out small businesses across America and reduce quality and access to care for seniors and the disabled," stated AAHomecare President Tyler Wilson in a release.
The letter is addressed to Charles Johnson, acting secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; Charlene Frizzera, acting administrator, CMS; and Nancy-Ann DeParle, director, White House Office of Health Reform.
In the letter, AAHomecare points out that the average cost of home oxygen therapy, including equipment, is about $8 per day, compared to $200 per day in a nursing home and $5,000 per day in a hospital.
The letter was signed by the following associations:
Alabama Durable Medical Equipment Association
Arizona Medical Equipment Suppliers Association
Association of Indiana Home Medical Equipment Services
Big Sky Montana & Idaho Association of Home Medical Equipment Suppliers
California Association of Medical Product Suppliers
Colorado Association of Medical Equipment Services
Florida Association for Medical Equipment Services
Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Services
Illinois Association for Medical Equipment Services
Jersey Association of Medical Equipment Services (New Jersey)
Kentucky Medical Equipment Suppliers Association
Maryland National Capital Homecare Association
Medical Equipment Suppliers Association
(Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico)
Michigan Home Health Association
Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services
(Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota,)
Mississippi Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
Nevada Association of Medical Products Suppliers
New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
New York State Medical Equipment Providers Association
North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services
Ohio Association of Medical Equipment Services
Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers
South Carolina Medical Equipment Services Association
Tennessee Association for Home Care
Utah Medical Equipment Dealers
Virginia Association of Durable Medical Equipment Companies