VGM calls on providers to testify at small business hearing

Thursday, May 30, 2013

SEATTLE – The Small Business Administration (SBA) plans to conduct a field hearing in which providers can voice their concerns about the negative impact of competitive bidding and Medicare audits on small businesses, according to a bulletin from the VGM Group.

To testify at SBA’s Regulatory Fairness Hearing, slated for June 6 at The Rainier Club in Seattle, providers should register in advance by contacting VGM Government Relations. Those unable to testify in person have the option of submitting written testimony here.

A CMS representative will be present at the hearing, the bulletin noted.

Even before the expansion of competitive bidding, set to go into effect July 1, providers—particularly small business owners—were already feeling the adverse effects of the program. Last July, AAHomecare, in conjunction with The VGM Group, NAIMES and several other industry associations, gathered a list of more than 450 businesses negatively affected by Round 1 of competitive bidding in response to a request from Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio.