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August 25th 2012

Article courtesy of www.peopleforqualitycare.org

In January of 2011, the first round of Medicare’s competitive bidding program went live in nine areas of the country. The program subjected local medical equipment providers to a bidding process, which as a result eliminated the majority of them from serving their clients who are Medicare beneficiaries.

The results of the program are a shortage of providers, which is causing delays in the services that seniors and disabled Medicare beneficiaries need to remain independent and living in their own homes. In addition, the pricing that won the bidding process is for the lowest quality equipment, leaving no opportunity to access new techology that can improve lives.

People for Quality Care is dedicated to telling the story of the patients who are impacted by the program.

To this day Medicare claims that there are very few to no complaints. “We are pleased to report that implementation of the program is going very smoothly,” CMS Administrator Donald Berwick

But we are finding that this is not true.

Click the link below learn more about People for Quality Care and watch a video of Jim Kokenge from Pax Medical tell his former client’s story.

August 25th 2012

People for Quality Care, the advocacy division of VGM Group, Inc. continues to fight against Medicare’s destructive competitive bidding program. People For Quality Care is operated and maintained by a group of concerned homecare advocates who want to make sure bad health care policies that have a negative effect on seniors and people with disabilities are stopped! Click the link to visit the website where you will find information about our advocacy efforts, easy ways to tell your stories, contact Congress and get more involved in advocacy!

August 8th 2012

Legacy is an active member of the VGM Group. Originally founded as a national buying group, VGM has grown into an organization of fifteen divisions and provides everything from national buying contracts to financing and business insurance. VGM is also a strong advocate of both the durable medical equipment industry and patient rights. As a member we are able to utilize these services while also being able to interact with other members across the nation, an option especially important to traveling patients.