Medicare bid process drawing flak
Dallas Morning News, May 7, 2008
Medicare is drawing complaints about a system of competitive bidding it will begin using this summer to pay for oxygen equipment, power wheelchairs, walkers and other medical devices. Medicare says that seniors and others with disabilities will see an average 26 percent savings in 10 markets, but medical equipment providers say the bidding process was riddled with errors. The American Association for Homecare is is lobbying to Congress for a delay in the program's launch.