Suspend Bidding Action Center

Suspend Medicare’s Dangerous Competitive Bidding Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies

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[dropcap color=”” boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]S[/dropcap]ince 2011, Medicare has been experimenting on people with diabetes. That was the year Medicare began to test a Competitive Bidding Program for diabetes testing supplies.

[dropcap color=”” boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]I[/dropcap]n 2013, despite grave concerns expressed by physicians, nurses, educators and patients, Medicare expanded the program nationally.

[dropcap color=”” boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]N[/dropcap]ow we know with certainty that the program is not working. A new article in Diabetes Care, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Diabetes Association, shows that competitive bidding for diabetes testing supplies has failed on all counts.

Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program was supposed to save money, keep beneficiaries out of the hospital, and save lives.

We ask these questions:

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[flip_box title_front=”Does It Save Money? ” title_back=”NO. ” text_front=”Competitive bidding was supposed to save money for patients and the US Healthcare system. ” border_color=”#dae100″ border_radius=”3px” border_size=”1px” background_color_front=”#ff675c” title_front_color=”#ffffff” text_front_color=”#ffffff” background_color_back=”#0193d7″ title_back_color=”#ffffff” text_back_color=”#ffffff” icon=”fa-usd” icon_color=”” circle=”yes” circle_color=”” circle_border_color=”” icon_flip=”” icon_rotate=”” icon_spin=”no” image=”” image_width=”35″ image_height=”35″ animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]But, as a result of the program, costs are actually increasing.[/flip_box]
[flip_box title_front=”Decrease Hospital Stays? ” title_back=”NO. ” text_front=”The bidding program was intended to improve of care with access to quality testing supplies. ” border_color=”#dae100″ border_radius=”3px” border_size=”1px” background_color_front=”#ff675c” title_front_color=”#ffffff” text_front_color=”#ffffff” background_color_back=”#0193d7″ title_back_color=”#ffffff” text_back_color=”#ffffff” icon=”fa-h-square” icon_color=”” circle=”yes” circle_color=”” circle_border_color=”” icon_flip=”” icon_rotate=”” icon_spin=”no” image=”” image_width=”35″ image_height=”35″ animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]Medicare beneficiaries in test markets experienced more than twice as many inpatient hospital admissions.[/flip_box]
[flip_box title_front=”Does Bidding Save Lives? ” title_back=”NO. ” text_front=”The ultimate question. The most recent peer-reviewed scientific study clearly proves it did not. ” border_color=”#dae100″ border_radius=”3px” border_size=”1px” background_color_front=”#ff675c” title_front_color=”#ffffff” text_front_color=”#ffffff” background_color_back=”#0193d7″ title_back_color=”#ffffff” text_back_color=”#ffffff” icon=”fa-heartbeat” icon_color=”” circle=”yes” circle_color=”” circle_border_color=”” icon_flip=”” icon_rotate=”” icon_spin=”no” image=”” image_width=”35″ image_height=”35″ animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]The mortality rate in the test markets was twice as high as the non-test markets. This bidding program is costing lives. [/flip_box]
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What Needs To Be Done?

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ongress must demand an immediate suspension of competitive bidding for diabetes testing supplies until Medicare can demonstrate that the program is working, that taxpayers are in fact saving money, that access to testing supplies is not interrupted, and that lives are not being lost. 

[dropcap color=”” boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]M[/dropcap]embers of Congress must hear from you. Take action to demand suspension of Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program.

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Share The Facts

Is saving $ > saving a life? It shouldn’t be, @CMSGov – the proof is here: bit.ly/21z7qY0 #suspendbidding Click To Tweet

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What The Experts Are Saying

[one_half last=”no” class=”” id=””][testimonials backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”#ff675c” class=”” id=””] [testimonial name=”Jaime Davidson, MD” avatar=”none” image=”” company=”Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center” link=”http://endocrinenews.endocrine.org/3616-2/” target=”_blank”]“We are particularly concerned about the disruption we detected in our analysis given the predominant use of rapid- and short-acting insulin by Medicare beneficiaries, who are at significantly greater risk for hypoglycemia than younger individuals with insulin-treated diabetes.” [/testimonial] [testimonial name=”Dr. George Grunberger, MD ” avatar=”none” image=”” company=”President, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists” link=”http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/Diabetes/57018″ target=”_blank”]As implemented, Medicare has used the Competitive Bidding Program to significantly reduce the cost of diabetes testing supplies by restricting access to improved technology devices and limiting choice for patients and healthcare professionals based primarily on cost[/testimonial] [testimonial name=”Larry Ellingson” avatar=”none” image=”” company=”National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council” link=”http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/Diabetes/57018″ target=”_blank”]The goal of competitive bidding was to reduce costs for both patients and the American taxpayer and to ensure access to quality products and services. For diabetes testing supplies, the program has failed on both of its objectives.[/testimonial] [/testimonials][/one_half]
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The next disruption began on July 1, 2016.

This means:

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[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=””]Existing suppliers may have lost the bids, so they will no longer offer supplies[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=””]New suppliers who won the bids may not carry your supplies[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=””]More disruptions and restrictions to access of diabetes testing supplies[/li_item]
[li_item icon=”” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=””]More money wasted, more hospitalizations, more fatalities.[/li_item]
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Statistics drawn from:
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/39/4/563.abstract
http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes-report-web.pdf