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Action Alert! Action Alert!
April 16, 2013
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued major cuts in the equipment and services beneficiaries will receive in 91 metropolitan areas of the country, starting July 2013.
With this pricing access to quality equipment and regular service from a home care provider is going to take a major hit. Here are some of the numbers:
41% Cuts on Oxygen, oxygen equipment and supplies
36% Cuts to Standard, Power and Manual wheelchairs and scooters
41% Cuts to enteral feeding devices
47% Cuts to CPAP devices
44% Cuts to hospital beds
46% Cuts to walkers
63% Cuts to support surfaces
41% Cuts to Negative-pressure wound therapy pumps
71% Cuts to Diabetic testing supplies
In the initial nine metropolitan areas used as testing grounds, we've found that beneficiaries wait weeks for service from a provider. Providers are often located more than 100 miles away from the beneficiary. They receive lower-quality equipment and can no longer choose the equipment or provider that is best for them.
Cuts of these magnitudes cannot maintain the quality of care you expect from your home medical equipment provider.
Take action now by entering your zip code in the middle box at the top of the page.
Rosemary, Deanna and Doug in Kansas City spoke out about how difficult it was to get a wheelchair battery following the implementation of the Medicare competitive bidding program in their area. See physical therapist Deanna speak out about the issue below.
Watch the video below to learn more.