This could be scary
The California Department of Health Services recently announced a pilot program to contract DME. The department's first target: adult, non-powered wheelchairs, according to Bob Achermann, executive director of the California Association of Medical Product Suppliers (CAMPS).
The state seeks to contract directly with manufacturers to determine a fair acquisition price on DME and then offer providers that price plus a markup, Achermann.
While a number of states have contracted supplies like adult diapers, I haven't heard of states contracting wheelchairs. Have you? What's included under adult, non-powered wheelchairs? Will custom manual wheelchairs be included?
Achermann says the state seeks comments on what should/shouldn't be put out for contract.
When one state makes a leap like this, others are usually watching closely.