March 18, 2016

Getting Off the Harm Merrygoround

Here we go again. I have written about harm from bidding before. It just got kicked up a notch. 

Today the Journal Diabetes Care has an article on Medicare Bidding in the online preview of the April edition. What 8 months ago was a poster has been peer-reviewed and published in a premier diabetes medical journal. 

The paper builds on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concerns on the safety monitoring of the Competitive Bidding Program.

Meanwhile, Medicare says the program is great, no harm, no foul, and they don't hear any complaints. Oh yeah, and they are going to put beneficiaries through a new round of disruption starting in July.  

Let's NOT do that.