Reps. Label CMS Evasive, Push Bill To Delay Competitive Bids

Law360, New York (June 18, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan duo of House lawmakers Tuesday sharply escalated their campaign to halt expansion of a competitive bidding program for purchases of durable medical equipment, labeling Medicare’s top official “evasive” and introducing legislation to force a delay while alternatives are explored.

Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, had previously pressured the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to push back the expansion voluntarily, but a letter CMS sent last week to a Tennessee congressman apparently left them skeptical that the agency would act willingly....
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