CMS take note: Here's something honest and true

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09/24/2010

I had a long conversation this morning with an HME provider who's trying to serve his patients well and make living. Unfortunately, this provider told me, and this is something we all know, CMS continues to pass rules and regulations to control fraud and abuse, but all they're really doing is making it  harder everyday for small HME providers to survive.

With that in mind, here's something the provider I talked to this morning told me. I'm passing it on because it strikes me as honest and true. It's also a great commentary on the sorry state of affairs at CMS, where accountability and effectiveness seem to be in short supply.

"Stop coming up with more rules and regulations. Enforce the ones you've got, and you won't have a problem. Who's causing the problems? The thieves and the crooks. Do you think another rule is going to bother them? They're breaking the ones that are already in place. Why does Medicare think they'll care about another one? All Medicare's doing is making it harder on us: The honest people. I'm just a common sense, down-to-earth person. I don't even have a college degree. I just have life experience. It's not that hard for me to see this. I don't understand why it is so hard for other people to see."

Mike Moran