Thursday morning concluded a great set of events with the Small Business Administration coordinated by the VGM Group. Sioux Falls was the site for another successful Small Business Administration hearing today. Despite receiving four inches of snow the night prior, five DME suppliers and MAMES members from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa made the trip to share their stories of how Medicare policies, particularly reimbursement cuts, have effected rural DME suppliers.
Staff from the offices of Sen. Thune, Sen. Rounds and Rep. Noem also attending this crucial hearing. The Small Business Administration’s National Ombudsman, Admiral Earl L. Gay, was in attendance to listen to the concerns. Home medical providers like Cindy Coy of Avera Home Medical, Kay Johnson of Midwest Medical Services, Bill Donot of Northland Rehab Supply, Colleen Brabec of Mobilis Home Medical Equipment, Rose Schafhauser of MAMES and John Gallagher of VGM testified that they are worried that until Medicare fully understands the impact of the current reimbursement rates, there is a grave risk of losing these providers, and seniors will lose access to the equipment they depend on to live independently.
A big thank you to all of the DME providers who attended this event and spoke on behalf of the DME Industry!