Be an Advocate

CELA 2011

There is becoming a greater need in the health care industry for advocates who will push to have their voices heard regarding competitive bidding. Listed below are flyers, position papers and documents that go into detail on specific issues. The main points for each document are bulleted along with a PDF link for you to utilize.

If you want to get involved, now is the time! Contact your Senators and Representative requesting that adjustable skin protection seat cushions (HCPCS codes K0734-K0737) be removed from round one of DMEPOS competitive bidding.

Congress needs to hear from you now! Your message needs to be personal but you can certainly use any of the information we’ve provided. To find your Senators and Representative, please use the links provided below:

Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
House: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

To learn more about how competitive bidding can impact you, read Dave’s blog post on The ROHO Community .

Questions, comments, or suggestions? Email us at advocacy@therohogroup.com

CONSUMER ADVOCACY FLYER

• Product Categories that are competitively bid
• Where products are competitively bid
• Info on competitive bidding of wheelchair seat cushions
• How to contact representatives and senators
• Talking points for expressing concerns about
• Competitive bidding

CLINICIAN PLEA

• Impact of competitive bidding on clinicians
• Contact information for legislators

END USER PLEA

• Impact of competitive bidding on end users
• Contact information for legislators

COMPETITIVE BIDDING POSITION PAPER

• The problem with competitive bidding cushions
• What needs to be done to address the problems
• CMS’ position on removing seat cushions from the first round of competitive bidding
• ROHO’s position

MEDICARE SAVINGS

• How much is Medicare really saving with competitive bidding?
• Cost of healing a bed sore

CMS AUTHORITY

• Rebidding Process information
• CMS has authority to exclude specialized wheelchair seating from the rebid round of competitive bidding

CODES NOT DISTINCT ENOUGH TO BID

• Reasons that one size fits all does not meet the needs of wheelchair seat cushion users
• Total number of products available with the current codes

COMPLEXITY

• Current spending on wheelchair seat cushions
• Fee schedule amounts
• Changes that competitive bidding will have in the increased complexity of buying wheelchair seat cushions

 

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