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Blog: Westmoreland Sends Letter Urging Delay of Round 2 of Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program


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Today, I joined my Republican colleagues and a bipartisan majority of 226 Members in sending a letter to the newly confirmed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner. This letter respectfully requested that she delay Round 2 implementation of the controversial Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Medical Supplies (DMEPOS). Round 2 of this program is set to go into effect on July 1st, and would severely impact medical equipment and supplies providers.

I have met with many businesses and supply providers from the Third District who are directly impacted by the implementation of Round 2. It's a flawed process that negatively affects people's access to getting their medical devices, particularly those with disabilities. We need to protect our seniors and all Americans by removing the Competitive Bidding system and work towards building the program through real reform based on market principles. We've seen time and time again, when the government picks winners and losers -- everyone loses. The government shouldn't be in the way of a patient and their needs.

Legislation proposed by my Georgia colleague, Rep. Tom Price, the Market DMEPOS Pricing Program Act, creates an alternate system to replace this flawed program. H.R. 1717 replaces current Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding with a sustainable Market Pricing Program based upon sound economic principles that are universally embraced by auction experts across the country. Best of all, it takes the bidding out of the hands of the government and gives reassurance to citizens and businesses.

I hope that in sending this letter, CMS Administrator Tavenner will postpone the DMEPOS Round 2 implementation and work with Congress to create a system that benefits and protects Americans.

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