Medical Equipment Competitive Bids Start Despite Protests

Law360, New York (July 2, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT) -- Medicare moved ahead Monday with a tenfold expansion of its cost-cutting competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, according to the agency, brushing off litigation, corporate complaints and extensive pushback from members of Congress.

The introduction of competitive bids in more than 90 regions — up from nine previously — comes in advance of an eventual nationwide expansion that’s projected to save the federal government and patients a combined $45 billion over the next decade.

“The public has a significant interest in seeing competitive bidding implemented,”...
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