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March 10th 2015

Article courtesy of www.peopleforqualitycare.org.

Since the implementation of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding program, both People for Quality Care and the COPD Foundation have been made aware of the several serious instances where patients have suffered disruption of service and access to DME. Through the official partnership with the COPD Foundation, we will work together to alleviate those issues with a vision centered on better health care policy.

“Our partnership will afford us the ability to jointly collect data on patient access issues to aid conversations with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Congress about how patients have been impacted by competitive bidding. By collecting patient stories the COPD Foundation and People for Quality Care are demonstrating that, while Competitive Bidding may be saving CMS money it is harming patients across America,” says the COPD Foundation in the official press release.

This is a significant step forward for our advocates. The COPD Foundation is America’s leading organization for persons with Chronic Obstructive Pulminary Disorder (COPD) and a strong voice in Washington.

“It is unfortunate how this policy [competitive bidding] has changed the landscape of health care in the UnitedStates,” comments Kelly Turner, director of advocacy for People for Quality Care, “As we embark on an exciting partnership with the COPD Foundation, we look forward to coming up with strategies to ensure that health care remains local and accessible for Medicare patients.”

View the official release in its entirety.