Starting January 1st 2011 Medicare implemented a competitive bid program for certain durable medical equipment items. Everyone within the Orlando metropolitan area will be affected by this change.
Patients needing basic power wheelchairs/scooters, walkers, oxygen, CPAP and respiratory assistive devices, hospital beds, enteral nutrients, and mail order diabetic supplies will have a very limited choice of where to get this equipment and what equipment will be provided. A provider that is able to provide a walker may not be able to provide a hospital bed. Choices of equipment will be very limited if there is any choice at all. Contracted winners are not required to provide a specific make/model unless that is a product line that they carry. So winning contracted providers only carry the lowest end/least costly equipment.
Medicare beneficiaries, family members, caregivers, hospital discharge planners, and clinicians can report problems, concerns, and feedback about this bidding system by calling a toll-free number, 1-888-990-0499, or by visiting the website: www.biddingfeedback.com
The beneficiary will be the person that suffers the most from this program. Due to lack of education of the program, lack of choices, and inability to find a provider that will carry their needed equipment.
Colonial Medical Supplies strongly encourages everyone to look at the program for themselves. Call the toll free number with complaints to help end the competitive bid program.