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NCPA issues statement of support for two bills that will help community pharmacies with CMS' competitive bidding system.
Rep. Pete Stark (D, Calif.), chair of the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, recently introduced H.R. 6252, the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Acquisition Reform Act of 2008. The bill is designed to delay and fix the Medicare competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies. Sens. Max Baucus (D, Mont.) and Charles Grassley (R, Iowa), chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced S. 3144, the companion bill. Commenting on these bills, Bruce Roberts, R.Ph., executive VP and CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), said, "The introduction of these two bills will provide solutions for CMS' flawed competitive bidding system and will help community pharmacies keep medical equipment such as prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies available in their stores."