Anti-Competitive DME Bidding Bill Gaining Momentum, Sponsors Increase

The bill that would put an end to Round 2 of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Competitive Bidding program has been gaining momentum in the House.

Only two weeks after its introduction by Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), H.R. 1717 has garnered the support of 19 House co-sponsors, HME Business reports.

H.R. 1717 would stop the bidding program set forth by CMS and adopt a Market Pricing Program in its place to determine prices for home medical equipment prescribed by doctors to Medicare beneficiaries. 

The bill, which has been criticized as being “anti-competitive,” has also  gained support from various home health trade organizations such as the American Association for Homecare and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

The additional 19 co-sponsors now brings the bill’s total Congressional supporters to 44 lawmakers.

Read the HME Business article.

Written by Jason Oliva