Study: Medicare competitive bidding program could hurt seniors' access to diabetes testing supplies

June 20, 2008

A new study has found that Medicare's competitive bidding program could impede seniors' access to diabetes testing supplies.

The new Medicare durable medical equipment competitive bidding program that starts July 1 could make it more difficult for seniors to manage their diabetes care, according to a new analysis released today from The George Washington University School for Public Health and Health Services. The analysis, sponsored by the Diabetes Access to Care Coalition (DACC), examined how Medicare's competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) could impact how seniors manage their diabetes. The coalition is concerned that competitive bidding for diabetic testing supplies may cause seniors to lose access to the most commonly prescribed diabetes testing supplies, or create confusion about where they can obtain the supplies they are currently using to help them manage their diabetes.

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