Gary Puckrein, Ph.D. wrote a piece featured in The Hill on Wednesday, Dec. 23 that sums up the industry’s feelings about competitive bidding. “When President Lyndon Johnson signed the law that created Medicare in 1965, he proudly announced, ‘No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine.’ 5 Regulations, laws and reimbursement schemes that deny access to best modern therapy can defeat Johnson’s vision.”
Dr. Puckrein is the president and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), a nonprofit organization that advocates for quality health policy of all kinds. In the article he points out five areas that the CBP falls short, leaving patients at risk.
The industry is glad to have the support of NMQF, which released a report that assessed the program’s impact on diabetes patients’ access to testing supplies and linked it to higher inpatient admissions, increase in cost, and increases in mortality.