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Subcommittee Hearing on Competitive Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment: Will Small Suppliers Be Able to Compete?

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Subcommittee Hearing on Competitive Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment: Will Small Suppliers Be Able to Compete?

by United States Congressional House, United States Congress House

About this title: Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O.: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2007. LC Number: KF27 .S646 2007 OCLC Number: (OCoLC)191883260 Subject: Medical instruments and apparatus -- Purchasing -- Government policy -- United States. Excerpt: ... 11 vide other items that don't fall under competitive bidding. But I think there will be a role for these suppliers within this program based on the policies that we have created. With respect to the second issue, I mean I think we learned a lot during the demonstrations. You know we have learned some of the big things, like you can achieve savings through this type of program. We certainly know the VA and other types of programs, even private payers do this type of competitive acquisition process and have been successful at it. So we know their savings. We looked at quality very closely, and we were able to see that quality was maintained, access was not hindered. So we think those types of things, those sort of big things can be achieved. At the same time I think we learned a lot. We learned that sup-pliers need transparency, they need to understand the rules. This is complicated, and we need to help them. And I think that is something that we take very seriously as we move forward with the implementation of not just this current round but the upcoming round. I think it is achievable. A LEZ. ONZ Mr.G Thank you very much. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. ChairmanA. I wanted to ask one more question, and then LTMIRE I will offer the same opportunity to each of the Committee mem-bers that are here if they wish. And that is, that trained and licensed medical practitioners are by and large knowledgeable and skilled in the use of DME for pa-tient care. So why does CMS believe it is necessary for them to on top of that be accredited by a CMS-recognized organization? Mr.WILSON. Well, that is a very good question and one that we have heard a lot about from different practitioner organizations. Certainly the statute ...

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