Coalition Opposes Expansion of CMS Regulations

Today, a group of 28 organizations, including ACI, sent a letter to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in opposition to proposed regulations that would demand additional rebates from drug prices, including drugs that may have applications for patients during the current COVID crisis. The letter explains the many unintended […]

Congress Should Make Temporary CMS Policies Permanent

Today, ACI joined thirty-five other organizations in calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to make permanent a number of regulatory changes. During the COVID-19 Crisis, CMS made necessary improvements to rules that facilitated Telehealth applications, relaxed professional licensing guidelines, stemmed non-essential physician supervision, and waived HIPPA requirements that would allow provider-patient communication […]

Pociask Blogs in the Daily Caller — Medicare Regulations Will Reduce Patient Outcomes and Increase Medical Costs

What if regulations prevented your doctor from prescribing you the correct course of treatment for your illness?  That is exactly what will be happening, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) moves ahead to implement a seriously flawed medical device auction program.  That program, if not fixed, will reduce patient access to prescribed medical […]

CMS To Implement Faulty Auction Rules — Will Lead to Shortages of Medical Equipment, Produce Worse Patient Outcomes and Raise Medical Costs

The following a statement by Steve Pociask, President of the ACI:   “The CMS bidding process is so fatally flawed that it will fail to find sustainable market prices for medical equipment. This will create market shortages that will push efficient suppliers to bankruptcy and mean that many patients will not have access to medical […]

What to Look for in the Upcoming CMS Show-and-Tell to Congress

In 2003 legislation required Medicare to begin a competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment.  Later legislation delayed implementation until 2009.  To support the original requirement in 2005 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( CMS) began a study named Evaluation of National DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program .  The results of all research activities […]

Medicare Bidding Program Will Increase Medical Costs by Reducing Patient Access to High Tech Medical Devices for Home Use

A recent study by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) concluded that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new bidding program would likely lead to higher medical costs and reduced outcomes.  The study’s findings are consistent with the conclusions of many auction experts who have pointed to flaws in the CMS program that would […]

Bidding Farewell: How the Medicare Auctions Could Severely Reduce Durable Medical Equipment Supplies and Harm Homebound Elderly Patients

By Erwin A. Blackstone and Joseph P. Fuhr Jr.[1] In January 2011, Medicare began a program that employed a competitive bidding auction in an attempt to constrain prices for durable medical equipment and supplies (DMEPOS).  However, there are other factors besides price — such as quality and level of service — that need to be […]