People for Quality Care Launches Consumer Access Survey
WATERLOO, IA – People for Quality Care has launched a survey asking end users of HME and supplies and family caregivers to evaluate the impact of competitive bidding on beneficiary access to care during the gap period of the program.
“Ensuring we understand the direct impact that competitive bidding is having on consumers and caregivers is critical in helping us communicate their issues to elected officials,” says Rob Duryea, director of People for Quality Care.
This survey is intended to help assess beneficiaries’ experience obtaining HME, supplies and services impacted by the competitive bidding program across former competitive bidding areas (CBAs), rural areas and non‐bid, non‐rural areas. While primarily targeting Medicare beneficiaries, the survey is also open to those with other insurance who have been impacted by the ripple effect of the Medicare program. This nationwide survey will be open until Friday, April 26. Findings from the survey can aid in discussions with policy makers and shapers about the impact of the program and rates stemming from it.
Suppliers are encouraged to assist in raising awareness of the survey and share the survey link, available here, with their customers and local consumer groups.
“Our number one priority for conducting this survey is to hear from people who are struggling to get quality HME and supplies so that we can assist in sharing their story,” says Rose Schafhauser (pictured), state association partner for People for Quality Care and executive director of MAMES and SWMESA.
For more information, industry stakeholders may contact People for Quality Care by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting http://www.peopleforqualitycare.org/blog/post/people-for-quality-care-launches-consumer-access-survey.
California Providers: Act Now to Help Stop Drastic Medi-Cal Reductions
Please read the information below on the impending Medi-Cal rate reductions that will happen as a result of Medicare CB rate reductions and the current state law that requires DME to be reimbursed at either 80 or 100% of the Medicare rates. CAMPS is working hard to try and get this changed and the budget process is underway over the next two months. Of immediate importance is members contacting these key members of the Budget sub-committees who will be deciding on whether to stop these impending cuts over the next 30 days.
CAMPS Call to Action
- DONATE: Donate to CAMPS for lobbying and public relations. These efforts are expensive and donations are tax deductible.
Send donations to the CAMPS office:
California Association of Medical Product Suppliers
One Capitol Mall, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
- Contact key State representatives. Tell them how these rate cuts will negatively impact patient access and your business.
- Inform patients and referral sources. Tell your friendly DME competitors and manufacturers to get involved.
The fate of the California DME industry is at stake here and there is not much time to act. Call Bob Achermann at CAMPS today for more information at 916-443-2115 or email BAchermann@amgroup.us.
State Association Calendar
MAMES Spring Excellence in HME MIDWEST Conference
May 8-10, 2019, Des Moines, Iowa.
Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Services Association (ACMESA)
May 2, 2019 • Full Day Competitive Bidding 2021 Education Workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Association for Tennessee Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment Services
ATHOMES 2019 Spring Conference – Registration is Open • Conference is MAY 6 – 7, 2019