July NewsPoll

Sunday, June 30, 2002

Are legislative and regulatory priorities on state and national issues the same for national providers of home medical equipment as for smaller, independent providers?
Competitive bidding with sole source providers is another example of a system that is designed to eliminate the smaller providers ability to compete. Preparing the bid response, and being able to cover and entire area, with all of the products becomes a tough task for a small regional provider.

-  Bryan Desloge is CEO of Desloge Home Oxygen in Tallahassee, Fla.

I can't see how any provider regardless of size or coverage areas, can be thrilled about competitive bidding. Both providers depending on region, receive the same allowable from Medicare. On the national level, any allowable cut-back surely affects both providers.

-  Minerva Mendoza is operations manager at RX Positive Medical and Orthotics
NewsPoll based on answers provided by 43 respondents.