Telephone Briefing Monday, August 22 on DMEPOS Bidding

August 19, 2011

What: Medicare DMEPOS Round Two Competitive Bidding: The Costs and Consequences

When: August 22, 2011, 2:00 pm ET

Who:

Eli Lehrer, Vice President of Washington, DC Operations, The Heartland Institute (moderator)

Steve Pociask, President, American Consumer Institute

Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute

Benjamin Zycher, Senior Fellow, Pacific Research Institute

Dial-in Number: 641/715-3200
Conference Code: 833365#

For more information, contact Eli Lehrer at 202/615-0586, elehrer@heartland.org

The following statements from participants in the press briefing may be used for attribution. For additional comment, contact participants directly. All will be available over the weekend.


“The structure of the CMS auction for the provision of medical devices and equipment is seriously flawed, in ways yielding highly inefficient pricing and shortages of important health care products. Over the longer term this poorly designed process will result in underinvestment in the research and development of new medical technologies, an adverse effect that will be borne disproportionately by vulnerable patient subgroups both current and future. This auction design is yet another example of how the unthinking pursuit of narrow budget savings produces perverse results and diverts attention from more useful policy reforms.”

Benjamin Zycher
Senior Fellow
Pacific Research Institute
818/706-1028
benzycher@zychereconomics.com


“The current Medicare competitive bidding process is a good idea gone bad. Although the central idea of having DMEPOS providers compete for Medicare dollars is a sound one, the particular process is so poorly designed it is almost sure to result in disaster.”

Eli Lehrer
Vice President of Washington, DC Operations
The Heartland Institute
202/615-0586
elehrer@heartland.org


“The CMS bidding process is so fatally flawed that it will fail to find sustainable market prices for medical equipment. This will create market shortages that will push efficient suppliers to bankruptcy and mean that many patients will not have access to medical supplies for home use. The consequence of these shortages will lead to medical complications and increased hospitalizations, sending them from low-cost to high-cost care.”

Steve Pociask
President
American Consumer Institute
703/471-3954
steve@theamericanconsumer.org


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