Competitive bidding update: There's an important meeting next week

 - 
09/08/2010

If you are in Washington next week, here's something you may want to check out:

WASHINGTON - The health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the Medicare "competitive" bidding program for HME on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.  The hearing is titled, "Medicare's Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment: Implications for Quality, Cost and Access."

The subcommittee notice stated, "This hearing will examine the conception and implementation of the competitive bidding program, the implementation of the Round One Re-Bid, and its potential effects on patients, providers, and physicians."

AAHomecare encourages HME providers and patients to attend the hearing in person to demonstrate their concern about the bidding program. Those who cannot attend should continue to press for repeal of the program, the association stated.

AAHomecare has asked to testify at the hearing, which may include a panel of representatives from the HME community after a panel of federal officials who will defend the program.

The hearing is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, in Washington D.C.