As providers continue to feel the impacts of the crippling July reimbursement reductions due to the nationwide rollout of competitive bidding, efforts to reform the flawed program are continuing to intensify. The Supplier Impact Survey has been created in effort to provide legislators on Capitol Hill with real-world figures of the impacts of competitive bidding to suppliers and patients.
Congressional offices and policymakers on Capitol Hill have requested more data about how competitive bidding is negatively impacting communities in their district and across America. To meet this request, the VGM Group is launching a new advocacy tool to provide Congress with what they need, the Supplier Impact Survey.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may continue to use misleading data to say that ‘all is well with competitive bidding’ but independent DME companies on the ground would argue otherwise. Providers are facing extremely difficult business decisions ranging from closing stores, reducing staff, and reducing patient service areas. It extremely important to be able to document these changes and impacts in order to present policy makers with facts and figures that are representative of the real-world impact.
In order for this data to be meaningful, we need your help! Please take a few moments to participate in the Supplier Impact Survey and help make the case for competitive bidding reform. The more data that is collected, the stronger the industry argument becomes.
This survey will be conducted quarterly in the future in order to track the real environment of the DMEPOS industry. The current survey period will be from August 4 – September 9.