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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 02:10 PM  posted by jbuytaert

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Protect Access to Home Medical Equipment

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 08:10 AM  posted by jbuytaert

From: People for Quality Care

Below is an Executive Summary which concludes “if timely adjustments (to the Competitive Bidding program) are not made, there is little doubt that beneficiaries, case managers, and suppliers will continue to face adverse outcomes, particularly in rural areas:

Durable goods access changes concerns go on

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:09 PM  posted by jbuytaert

by  // September 8th, 2017

Access to needed medical equipment and supplies continues to cause problems for many people with disabilities. The latest fight in Minnesota is to repeal a law which affects incontinence supplies. The law takes effect July 1, 2018.

The Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (MAMES), its members and other advocates are asking to overturn a law requiring Minnesota to bid out incontinence products. The law was tucked into the 2017 health and human service omnibus bill in the final hours of the legislative session. Bill Amberg, who is MAMES’ lobbyist, said member medical supply dealers are frustrated that the bill addition came without debate or discussing. “There wasn’t even a conversation with stakeholders.”

MAMES and its allies are working to overturn the bid requirement before it takes effect next year. That could happen during the 2018 legislative session.

Amberg said that if the change goes into effect next year, it would be yet another blow to Minnesota’s medical supply and durable medical equipment providers. More than half a dozen companies have closed during the past year including longtime Twin Cities firm Key Medical Supply. Key had waged a long and ultimately unsuccessful legal battle over the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) competitive bidding program as it related to enteral nutrition supplies or feeding tubes.

It will also inconvenience many people who need the incontinence supplies for daily living. “It just gets tougher for people with disabilities and senior citizens,” Amberg said. “They can’t find caregivers, they can’t have reliable supplies and medical equipment for their daily lives. It’s hard to talk about people staying in their home communities on one hand and forcing them out on the other.” Continue Reading…