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National Call-in Day for Complex Rehab Technology is TOMORROW!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 @ 10:04 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Do you want to make a difference?

Join with thousands of other concerned citizens to help ensure access for people with disabilities to the Complex Rehab Technology they require.

National Call-in Day for Complex Reahb Tehnology  is tomorrow April 10, 2013

Call your Members of Congress!

Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask for your Senators’a nd Representative’s Office. Tell them to sign on as a co-sponsor of Bill H.R. 942 to create a Separate Benefit Category for Completx Rehab Technology under Medicare. Tell your Senators to introduce and support a compainion Bill in the Senate.

Take action by signing this petition

Medicare’s designed bidding program has awarded contracts to out-of-area and out-of-state providers, many without any direct ability to serve patients. That’s why in 100 areas, Part B rates will be cut by an average of 45 percent on respiratory and mobility products. All diabetic testing supplies will be cut by 72 percent.

Two-hundred and forty four of the top competitive bidding experts, including five Nobel laureates, called the program “fatally flawed.” A failed program will limit area providers, product choice and increase government spending.

 We are seeking to replace the current bid program with the Market Pricing Program. The MPP will require binding bids, collateral to participate and transparency. Patients and doctors will be able to choose from local, bonded and accredited providers and the government will benefit from the best possible savings.

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Tweet your thoughts with hashtag #StopCBforDME 

USA TODAY taken to task

Monday, April 1, 2013 @ 09:04 AM  posted by jbuytaert

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29, 2013—Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Rep. Renée Ellmers (R-N.C.) took issue with USA TODAY’S characterization of their work to fix Medicare’s absurdly designed bidding program. They wrote: “USA TODAY‘s editorial ‘Medicare bidding competition in danger: Our view’ argued that the current Medicare competitive bidding program is producing ‘big savings and has the potential to cut costs even more.’ It went on to charge both of us, as co-sponsors of a bill that would fix many of the dangerous and costly practices in this program, as having sinister motives.

“These charges are unfounded and serve as a distraction from the dangerous practices being undertaken by the so-called competitive bidding program. This program has morphed into a nightmare of new bureaucratic headaches and unintended consequences. Throughout the country, health agencies, medical supply companies and local pharmacies will all suffer as a result of a bidding process that lacks transparency. Read more