Reps. Urge Delay Of Medicare Competitive Bidding Program

Law360, New York (May 21, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT) -- Medicare should delay its controversial expansion of competitive bidding for durable medical equipment because unlicensed contractors have infiltrated the program and are greatly distorting prices, two congressmen wrote in a letter released Monday.

Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, say in correspondence being sent later this month to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that they have “serious concerns” because of reports that equipment suppliers are using competitive bidding to expand their operations into areas where they lack proper credentials.

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