As of January 1, 2016 the Competitive Bidding Program for DMEPOS (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies has severely cut reimbursement to providers in areas outside of the Competitively Bid Areas (CBAs), including rural communities (Maui and Kauai included). When these cuts are fully implemented on July 1, 2016, the majority of products will have an average cut of approximately 42% and some products will suffer cuts as high as 50%. These cuts have been implemented without regard for the significant cost differences that rural providers face relative to their urban counterparts in Honolulu and even more so on the mainland.
The cuts this time around are so severe, that the communities in which we serve now have no access to this benefit on the island where I reside. While we have few providers of this type of service in our community to begin with, I now have no provider that is willing to accept the Medicare reimbursement for these products and/or services in my community.
Gammie HomeCare works diligently to ensure that we can provide access to delivery, set-up assistance and prompt service when problems arise.
What Can I do?
If you or a loved one has been negatively impacted by the inability to have access to product and/or services in the area in which you reside, we encourage you to Speak UP and let your voice be heard by our Congressional delegation. Here are some options for your to express your concern:
1) Download a sample letter that you can submit via mail to the Congressional Delegation. Click here.
2) Click the image below to be linked to an electronic means of submitting a message to our Congressional delegation
3) Click on the following link to share your story of how you’ve been affected by these drastic cuts by Medicare in 2016.