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MedPage Today Article outlines the flaws of competitive bidding.

An article in MedPage Today, discussed a study by the National Minority Quality Forum that showed an increased mortality rate for diabetes patients from competitive bidding which was recently published in the Diabetes Care Journal.

“The study found that use of the competitive bidding system in nine test markets resulted in a 23% increase in beneficiaries getting partial or no diabetes supplies, as opposed to a 1.7% increase among the beneficiaries in the nontest markets. In addition, “4-year survival was negatively associated” with partial or no supply acquisition among both groups (P<0.0001), the investigators said.”

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