Trade groups representing durable medical equipment providers are urging the Obama administration in a letter to rescind a controversial competitive-bidding rule on durable medical equipment before it is implemented on April 18.
In selectively contracting with a small group of home equipment providers, the bidding program will force out 90% of existing businesses that use high-quality homecare equipment or provide critical patient services, the American Association for Homecare along with 27 regional and state associations, asserted in their letter to White House and HHS officials.
As a result, the quality of, and access to, care for patients will be threatened due to forced cutbacks in homecare services. Reducing access to quality home medical equipment and services will give many seniors no choice other than to leave their homes for nursing homes or hospitals, the letter stated.
Cutbacks in homecare services will also increase the length and cost of hospital stays as the number of home medical-equipment providers shrinks, the trade associations predict.
This is not the solution to Medicares reform, and it is certainly not the answer for patients and seniors, said Tyler Wilson, president of the American Association for Homecare, in a written statement.