On 24 May 2011, a Medicare competitive bidding update was presented to Congress. The event organized by Congresswoman Nancy Johnson and Professor Peter Cramton included a diverse and talented panel of experts: Peter Cramton, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland; Tom Milam, Member, Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC), Former COO, AmMed Direct; Barbara Rogers, PAOC Member and President/CEO National Emphysema/COPD Association; Paul Gabos, Chief Financial Officer, Lincare, Round One Re-Bid Winner [on Video]; Robert Brandt, Owner, City Medical Services, Round One Re-Bid Winner. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC), the event’s sponsor, provided comments. A frank and honest assessment of the DME competitive bidding program was give. About 60 Hill staffers learned about the fatal flaws in the program. The briefing included a diversity of viewpoints. Barbara Rogers, a PAOC member, is a knowledgeable and articulate advocate for Medicare beneficiaries, a voice that too often goes unheard until there is a train wreck. Paul Gabos and Robert Brandt both represent DME providers who were winners in the Round One (Rebid). A second abbreviated briefing was presented to Senate Staff on the Impact of the CMS Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment.

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