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MedPAC Recommends Methods To Ease Transition To Competitive Bidding

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Inclusion of a mandatory trial period in a competitive bidding program that allows Medicare beneficiaries to switch to a non-winning supplier if dissatisfied with the program's quality may be a way to gain beneficiary support for competitive bidding, according to MedPAC's 1June report

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