Device Makers Balk At Medicare Bidding Expansion

Law360, New York (January 31, 2013, 6:31 PM EST) -- The medical device industry on Thursday voiced its opposition to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' announcement that it's expanding the competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, arguing the program could impede patient access to more expensive devices.

CMS announced Wednesday that it would expand the competitive bidding program in July, from nine metropolitan areas to 91 regions. CMS said the expansion would save Medicare an estimated $25.7 billion and beneficiaries $17.1 billion through 2022.

Under the competitive bidding program, medical equipment suppliers bid...
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