With the new administration settling in, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership starting to evaluate programs of the previous administration, there are few better times to make the case for reform. In order for the competitive bidding program to improve patient access to durable medical equipment, things must change.
In order to refute the claims of the previous leaders at HHS that there is zero evidence of access issues, we need your help! We need to continue building data from those provider at the grassroots level whether they are in a competitively bid area or not.
VGM Supplier Impact Survey
Near the end of 2016, VGM rolled out the Supplier Impact Survey that garnered over 350 respondents. The survey measured the impacts to providers and their patients due to the policies and subsequent reimbursement cuts that occurred over 2016. The results, by no surprise, revealed just how much the program has negatively influenced their business and the patients that they serve. From service area reductions to job loss, the competitive bidding program is unsustainable, and it is beneficiaries who will suffer most.
This survey only takes a few minutes to complete and will speak to the true impacts of competitive bidding on patients and providers.
Click here to view the survey.
DME Cost Analysis Submissions
Much of the competitive bidding program’s sustainability problems stem from the steep decline in reimbursements, providers have had to find ways to stay out of the red. As the costs of doing business continue to rise, it is extremely difficult for providers to do more, with less.
By law, CMS is required to consider the costs associated with furnishing items and services. VGM has created a Cost Calculator to show the costs of delivering this care. In order to for us to provide strong arguments, we need to have as many data points as possible.
VGM has created an easy to use template to account for the various costs of providing care to patients. We encourage you to fill out this data and include your name, company and state for our records. None of your personally identifiable company information will be shared publicly!
Submissions can be sent to Collin Brecher – email@example.com
Click here to access the sample worksheet.