Congressional briefing on Medicare auctions identifies fatal flaws

On 24 May 2011, a Medicare competitive bidding update was presented to Congress. The event organized by Congresswoman Nancy Johnson and Professor Peter Cramton included a diverse and talented panel of experts: Peter Cramton, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland; Tom Milam, Member, Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC), Former COO, AmMed Direct; Barbara Rogers, PAOC Member and President/CEO National Emphysema/COPD Association; Paul Gabos, Chief Financial Officer, Lincare, Round One Re-Bid Winner [on Video]; Robert Brandt, Owner, City Medical Services, Round One Re-Bid Winner. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC), the event’s sponsor, provided comments.

A frank and honest assessment of the DME competitive bidding program was give. About 60 Hill staffers learned about the fatal flaws in the program. The briefing included a diversity of viewpoints. Barbara Rogers, a PAOC member, is a knowledgeable and articulate advocate for Medicare beneficiaries, a voice that too often goes unheard until there is a train wreck. Paul Gabos and Robert Brandt both represent DME providers who were winners in the Round One (Rebid). A second abbreviated briefing was presented to Senate Staff on the Impact of the CMS Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment.

Materials from the event including full video, transcript, and trade press articles can be found at the following links:

Competitive Bidding Congressional Update—What You Need to Know, Longworth House Office Building, sponsored by U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (R-NC), 24 May 2011. Also Briefing for Senate Staff on the Impact of the CMS Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment, Russell Senate Office Building, 24 May 2011. [Trade press]

  • Video of opening remarks (33 minutes) [Transcript of entire eventPresentationpptx with animation]
    • Peter Cramton, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
  • Video of panelists (42 minutes)
    • Tom Milam, Member, Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC), Former COO, AmMed Direct
    • Barbara Rogers, PAOC Member and President/CEO National Emphysema/COPD Association
    • Paul Gabos, Chief Financial Officer, Lincare, Round One Re-Bid Winner
    • Robert Brandt, Owner, City Medical Services, Round One Re-Bid Winner
    • Nancy Johnson, 24-year Congresswoman (R-CT)
    • Sue Myrick, Congresswoman (R-NC)

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