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Diabetes group calls on Congress to #SuspendBidding

April 8, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

TAMPA, Fla. - With drastically reduced payment amounts for diabetes test strips looming, advocates have taken to social media to call for a suspension of Medicare's competitive bidding program. “I think that social media has become what used to be the town square,” said Bennet Dunlap, co-founder of the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition. “So, hopefully, social media can do some social good.” DPAC last week launched a campaign calling for the immediate suspension...

Bidding, Diabetes, DPAC

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Diabetes organizations want bid program stopped

April 6, 2016HME News Staff

TAMPA, Fla. - The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition has launched a campaign calling for the immediate suspension of competitive bidding for diabetes testing supplies. DPAC has created the Suspend Bidding Action Center ( for site visitors to learn more about the issue, and help them to email their lawmakers and tweet members of Congress using the hashtag #SuspendBidding. "It is outrageous that CMS continues to ignore the data and the pleas of Medicare beneficiaries...

Bidding, Diabetes

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In brief: Lawmakers try to put brakes on bid expansion, contractors warn docs of DME scams

March 21, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, are spearheading a congressional sign-on letter urging CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner not to expand competitive bidding until the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed its investigation into the program, according to AAHomecare. “It's no secret that policymakers on both sides of the aisle see the controversial national bidding program as an unacceptable burden on the elderly and disabled,” stated Tom Ryan,...

Bidding, Medline, Ottobock, scams, test strips, U-Sleep, Universal Software

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On the Editor's Desk

A new spin on bidding

April 6, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

I talked to a wheelchair provider in Texas last week who told me they have to participate in some kind of bidding system to provide wheelchairs to Medicaid recipients in a certain part of the state. The system works like this: When Evercare, the HMO that administers the Medicaid program for the Houston area, receives a bid from a provider, it turns around and solicits a second bid from another provider. Nine times out of 10, whichever provider has the lowest bid wins the patient. Here's an example...

Bidding, Evercare, Medicaid, Medicaid, On The Editor's Desk, Texas

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