Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Competitive Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment: Round 2

Previously I wrote about Medicare’s efforts to introduce competitive bidding for durable medical equipment (DME). Today I provide additional details on the program, an update of the initial competitive bidding implementation (Round 1) and a look ahead at the competitive bidding process in fiscal year (FY) 2013 (Round 2). In FY 2011 and 2012 (i.e., […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Free Market Medicare? Competitive Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment

Government spending on wasteful projects is legendary.  There is the Bridge to Nowhere, Star Wars, and many more.  In Medicare, the government also has a reputation of overpaying for durable medical equipment.  For instance, critics claim that Medicare is both paying too high a price for motorized wheelchairs and buying wheelchairs for people who do not […]

Read the rest of this entry »