Take action on competitive bidding
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – With Round 2 of competitive bidding now underway, industry stakeholders plan to crank up the pressure on lawmakers with a virtual fly-in July 18.
AAHomecare is coordinating efforts with The VGM Group, The MED Group and state associations across the country to get providers and their patients to phone, fax or call lawmakers to report problems they’ve encountered since the program kicked off July 1.
Less than two weeks into the program, stakeholders are hearing reports of equipment delays and shortages, and contract suppliers that are refusing to provide services in bid areas. But, according to AAHomecare, CMS is reporting only a few dozen complaints.
AAHomecare also urges providers to ask their members of Congress to support H.R. 2375, a bill to delay the bid program, and H.R. 1717, a bill to replace it with a market-pricing program. The latter, introduced April 24, currently has 137 co-sponsors.
Providers are also asked to forward any feedback they get from lawmakers to Jay Witter at AAHomecare, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: http://action.aahomecare.org/