FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2010
Contact: AARP Media Relations, email@example.com, 202-434-2560
AARP Statement to Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee: Competitive Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment Can Achieve Significant Medicare Savings
Process has bipartisan support from Congress
WASHINGTON—This morning, AARP submitted a written statement to the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee in support of an appropriately monitored competitive bidding process for durable medical equipment, orthotics and supplies. Competitive bidding enjoys bipartisan support from Members of Congress and demonstration projects have resulted in an average of 20 percent savings for Medicare. Excerpts from AARP’s statement follow:
“AARP believes that competitive bidding should be used for pricing durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS), as long as quality and access are not compromised by the competitive bidding process. If the Competitive Bidding Program achieves the goal of setting more appropriate payment amounts for DMEPOS items, it will result in reduced beneficiary out-of-pocket expenses as well as savings to taxpayers and to the Medicare program.”
“…AARP believes CMS should closely monitor Medicare beneficiaries’ access to DMEPOS. At the same time, CMS should strictly enforce regulations on accreditation and minimum quality standards for DMEPOS suppliers in order to deter unnecessary utilization of items, while ensuring Medicare beneficiaries have access to safe, high-quality, medically necessary, and appropriate DMEPOS.”
“AARP is committed to fighting fraud and abuse in our health care system and particularly in the Medicare program. In addition, we continue to seek ways to ensure that beneficiaries’ premiums and out-of-pocket expenses are kept affordable, while maintaining access and quality. AARP is also committed to ensuring that older adults and persons with disabilities have the services and supports they need, including DMEPOS, to live independently in their homes and communities. AARP believes the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program – if structured correctly – can achieve these multiple objectives.”
“…We look forward to working with Congress and with the Department of Health and Human Services to rid our system of abuse while ensuring that all beneficiaries have access to quality health care and other benefits covered by the Medicare program.”
For more information, please visit www.aarp.org. For a complete copy of the statement submitted to the subcommittee, please contact AARP Media Relations at 202-434-2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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