Reps. Thompson and Braley to hold press conference on Round 2 delay letter

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, will hold a press conference Thursday, June 13, to increase the pressure on CMS to delay Round 2 of competitive bidding, according to a news release from AAHomecare.

The pair of lawmakers, who are spearheading the push to delay the implementation of Round 2, plan to announce that a bipartisan majority of 226 members of the House of Representatives have signed their “Dear Colleague” letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Thompson and Braley will be joined at the press conference by Tyler Wilson, president and CEO of AAHomecare, John Shirvinsky, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers, and fellow congressmen and healthcare advocates to discuss the need for a delay until CMS “fully investigates and addresses the program failures identified in their letter,” the release said.

The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. at 122 Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.



My name is Deborah Baar and I am from New Lenox Illinois. I own Baar Home Medical Equipment, Inc. We are a family own business since 2005. We have 15 employees and over 1,000 current rental patients. We grew our business ourselves and take pride in the service we give to our patients. Customer service is our number one priority and that is why our business has done so well. Our referrals love us also because of the GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE we give them when they call to place an order for a patient who is being discharged from the hospital, and or nursing home and needs a walker or wheel chair or the portable oxygen tank delivered to them so they can go home. The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program that is in place now will not provide this kind of service to the patients.

The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program is causing serious access issues for Medicare recipients and also is very harmful to the small business owners. Currently in the Round 2 bidding program we have providers that do not have current licensees, not accredited with any accreditation company, and are out of state. In fact there are some companies that are out of state and have won all the bids in the Chicago area, and the companies in the Chicago area did not win any bids. There are also companies who are in the Northern CBA but won the bid for the Southside CBA. There is no rhyme or reason why this has to be like this. They say to save Medicare money but in fact it will be costing Medicare more money in the long run because if a patient decides not to continue with the company they are with now they can go to a different company and Medicare will start the 13 month rental;period again. Also on oxygen if the patient changes to a different company, not only will they get the 36 months but an additional 10 months. This not only would cost medicare more money, but the insurance companies, the state, and the patients who have to pay the 20% portion or deductibles that not covered by medicare, or their insurance company.

Another thing is that the patient might have three different companies in their house servicing them depending on the equipment and the company that won the bid for the area for that piece of equipment. This to me would be very confusing to the patients and also what happen to the continuity of care. According to the standards the patient has the right to choose, what happened to that standard???

There are also companies who won the bid and awarding a contract who aren't even in business anymore. I sure would like to know how CMS determined who should get a bid and who should not because to me there is no set rule or process since there are all these problems occurring..

Please HELP ensure the SENIORS of today and the upcoming SENIORS receive the care they deserve and the right to choose on who they want to have as a provider in their home.

Thank you,

Deborah L. Baar, President
Baar Home Medical Equipment, Inc.

I own a 150 year old Pharmacy and medical equipment company in Ct..When competitive bid starts I am going to have to close my doors...Between the major cuts in my state  on Medicaid and now being cut out of major items in Medicare I will not beable to stay in business

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