AAH to CMS: Suspend competitive bidding

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02/22/2008

AAHomecare, in a letter dated Feb. 22, asked the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS to "suspend" the first round of national competitive bidding based on a new study conducted by two economists from Robert Morris University.

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The associations states: "This study calls into question the fundamental underpinnings of this program. On the basis of this study and for the same reasons that we have questioned since its roll-out (impact on quality of care and access to care), the association urges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend the implementation of round one of the Medicare competitive bidding program. We think the agency should be required to evaluate the principles and conclusions of this report and again consider whether competitive bidding is in the long-term interest of Medicare, its beneficiaries and taxpayers."

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The Long Riders buy For details on the study, scroll down to the blog titled, "Pennsylvania HME association unveils competitive bidding study."

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