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DME competitive bidding momentum

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

One-year freeze on durable medical equipment spending, followed by competitive bidding implementation, likely will be included in the final Medicare reform package, according to device stakeholders. The new technology provisions also are coming under scrutiny, as conferees look to keep the "Medicare Prescription Drug & Modernization Act" of 2003 (HR 1, S 1) under the $400 bil. figure proposed by President Bush. Working with lawmakers, AdvaMed has succeeded in reducing the new tech score to $1.5 bil., but conferees may try to lower the amount to $1 bil. or less...

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