Insurance and Costs

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Power wheelchair users urged to speak up to preserve first-month purchase option

posted on July 10, 2009 - 9:32am
People who receive a power wheelchair through Medicare may lose the option to buy the chair immediately, under a proposed change to Medicare rules being considered by committees dealing with healthcare reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. The proposed rule change would eliminate the first-month purchase option for power wheelchairs provided by Medicare, requiring all Medicare...
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Competitive bidding for durable medical equipment starts Jan. 1 despite criticism of the program; MDA is urging action and seeking feedback from those affected

posted on December 3, 2010 - 4:25pm
Competitive bidding among Medicare providers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) is set to begin January 1 in nine regions of the country, despite sharp criticism of the plan by lawmakers, economists, patient advocates and others. Under the new procedures, DMEPOS providers must go through a competitive bidding process to win the right to serve Medicare...