‘Free-Wheeling Payments’


It became harder, on Nov. 9, to shrug off an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report comparing Medicare and Internet prices for power mobility devices (PMDs).

On that date, as we reported in this week’s Newswire, Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., began circulating a “dear colleague” letter to representatives, alerting them to the report and pointing out that, if Medicare had paid the median Internet prices for Group 2 power wheelchairs, it would have saved $39 million in the first quarter of 2007 alone.

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to read Stark’s letter, “Free-Wheeling Payments,” in all its glory.

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Then, if you have any interest in staying in business and protecting beneficiaries, call his office (202-225-5065 in Washington, D.C.; or 510-494-5852 in Fremont, Calif.) and those of your representatives.

The industry needs to kill this thing before Congress decides to give CMS, which has agreed, for the time being, not to use Internet prices to set Medicare prices for PMDs, marching orders.