It is amazing how newspapers can take what they hear and then twist it into something different. Occasionally that will work in our favor. Let us make that happen!
Our local newspaper (Florida Today) reported on the meeting held in Melbourne (FL) with Congressman Bill Posey. The DME dealers, all from this county, explained the problems the recipients and we have with the competitive bidding program today. The reporter misinterpreted what he heard and reported it as if we were looking to raise reimbursements. USA Today did the same.
“The new competitive bidding process imposes artificial prices, permits non-binding bids, and shifts the costs to other Medicare categories – thereby nullifying any of the supported savings.” This sums it up perfectly!
As for the MPP Program being introduced, it will make things truly competitive.
“The goal of this program is to save money and allow the free market to determine prices so that people receiving benefits from Medicare will have the best, most efficient care possible.”
I am asking every DME/HME provider and dealer to please get involved right now. Unless you all send the messages, get your clientele involved and work very closely with the state and national associations, we all face a dire future. But when we all work together, we become the voice of the people (VOX POPULI) and insure that our future will be bright. Yes, I know we can do it. There are more than 15,000 DME/HME companies in the USA. They each have a following of customers, patients and family caregivers who want to maintain the status quo. Make it happen!
It can be done! But it will not be successful without everyone participating! Do it now!