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AAH reports drop in suppliers

AAH reports drop in suppliers

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare's latest analysis shows a 33% decrease in the number of unique traditional DME suppliers since the beginning of competitive bidding and a 31% decrease in the number of traditional DME supplier locations.

The states with the biggest reductions in the number of unique traditional DME suppliers from November 2010 to January 2018 are Florida (52%), California (45%), Illinois (42%) and Texas (39%).

AAHomecare says its analysis doesn't include big merchandisers like Walmart—only what it considers “traditional suppliers.” The association defines “traditional suppliers” as those that provide at least two of the following product categories: oxygen, CPAP, NPWT, RAD, hospital beds, wheelchairs and accessories, urological supplies, enteral supplies and ostomy supplies.

AAHomcare obtained the data for its analysis through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Previously, AAHomecare was conducting its analysis using a supplier directory on CMS's website. Last year, however, after the association published its July 2017 analysis, it was notified of changes to the directory that resulted in “new numbers not corresponding to previous analysis.”

AAHomecare now plans to release an analysis each quarter, via a FOIA request.


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