Senators urge extended deadline for DME bidding program

July 23, 2007

Fourteen senators have urged Medicare to extend the deadline for the competitive acquisition program for durable medical equipment (DME) until quality and patient access issues are resolved.

Fourteen senators have urged Medicare to extend the deadline for the competitive acquisition program for durable medical equipment (DME) until quality and patient access issues are resolved. The bipartisan group addressed their July 13 letter to Leslie Norwalk, acting administrator of CMS. Competitive bidding for certain home medical equipment items and therapies is slated to begin this year in 10 metropolitan statistical areas.

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