More competitive bidding compromises patient access, device makers say

February 1, 2013 by MassDevice staff

Medical device industry lobby AdvaMed warns that expanded competitive bidding programs may prevent patients from access to their preferred medical devices.

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Medical device industry lobbying group AdvaMed spoke out against an expansion to Medicare's competitive bidding programs, warning that the changes may deprive patients of their preferred devices.

Some analysts have lauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for efforts to bring down costs of healthcare supplies. CMS began piloting its expanded bidding program in 9 cities and plans to expand to 100 metro areas, according to the Washington Post.

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