I flew from Maine to Atlanta Sunday night to get ready for Medtrade, which starts at 10 am this morning. From all I've heard and seen so far, the industry's biggest trade show looks like it will be a bit bigger than last year.
Over the past week or so while performing my work here at HME News, I ran across the idea of “caring” several times. It made me realize that most of us take caring for granted. I know I do. It’s just what we do. We care about out jobs. We care about our families.
I'll be honest: While I realize competitive bidding is a terribly flawed program, I have no idea what Medicare should pay for DME. Congress and CMS obviously don't know either. Neither, I'm sure, does 99.9% of the general public.
Everyone who has worked so hard to gather support for a bill designed to repeal competitive bidding deserves a big pat on the back, but there's no time for that. The bill's made impressive progress, but there's still work to be done.
It's mission critical on the competitive bidding front, and the industry needs every single provider, consultant, manufacturers reps—all industry stakeholders—to help end this wrong-headed program once and for all.