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P.L. 111-72, To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to delay the date on which the accreditation requirement under the Medicare Program applies to suppliers of durable medical equipment that are pharmacies (2 comments ↓ | 7 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 3663 would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to delay the date on which the accreditation requirement under the Medicare Program applies to suppliers of durable medical equipment that are pharmacies.

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TPearce

October 1, 2009, 6:50pm (report abuse)

This bill is absurd. DME's are the main providers for part B Medicare beneficiaries, not the pharmacies. DME's have taken the full blunt of the accreditation processes from the very begining, and are now NOT meeting the October 1st deadline due to the fact that there are NOT enough inspectors

(even though Medicare says there are) to perform the required surveys. Medicare has required that the surveyors inspect the businesses that will be bidding in the next round of competitive bidding shall be accreditied first. Those are the 70 metropoltian areas that were selected, not the small Mom and Pop companies that have been providing beneficiaries with services for years. Many DMEs have taken out loans to pay the high price of the required accreditation cost, and now will not be able to bill Medicare for their services. Many small DME businesses will more than likely be closing their doors for business today. I wish them well.

Amy

October 2, 2009, 1:39pm (report abuse)

If this bill does not pass it will only hurt small companies and rural communities.Large companies are able to afford $10,000. accreditation fees and have a large staff to complete this proccess quickly. I have to rely on a small staff and day to day cash flow problems that slow me down. Customer service has to be first. Money is always first with big medical equipment companies.The big DME company's want us to fail. They will not have any competition and they can dominate the playing field.Please support small buisness and support this bill? We just need extra time.

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