Reiterating the letter signed by 166 economists/auction experts,
Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) expressed his “serious concern” about
the competitive bidding program. In his Oct. 25 letter to HHS Secretary
Sebelius and CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., Braley asks CMS to
make “certain changes” to the program before moving forward.
“Unless CMS makes the changes recommended by these experts,
I have doubts that the competitive acquisition program, as currently
designed by CMS, will achieve Congress’ original and continuing concern
of lowing costs while preserving quality,” said the congressman
referring to the economists’ letter. “I believe CMS should take
seriously the unanimous recommendations of this large number of
independent outside experts. CMS should take the time to make the
recommended changes to the DME competitive bid program to avoid
To read Braley’s entire letter, click here.
VGM commends both MAMES and VGM members for reaching out to
Rep. Braley and asking him to contact CMS regarding the economists’
letter. Please ask your congressman and senators to do the same. Visit
the VGM DC Link to send them an editable letter, requesting them to contact CMS.