Medicare's Bidding Process Much Improved, GAO Says

Law360, New York (September 15, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT) -- A controversial Medicare competitive bidding program for medical equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics and diabetic testing supplies has improved in several key ways, the U.S. Government Accountability Office told a U.S. House of Representatives panel Wednesday.

At a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce's health subcommittee, GAO health care director Kathleen M. King said the government's second try at the competitive bidding program was markedly improved from the first go-round.

In an effort to cut down on government spending for so-called durable medical equipment, in...
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