Groups file lawsuits challenging Medicare DME demo project

Groups opposed to CMS's controversial Medicare program requiring competitive bidding for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies have filed lawsuits to try and stop the program from moving forward. The program was scheduled to begin in 10 metro areas July 1st. One group, the American Association for Homecare, argues that CMS failed to specify financial standards that were grounds for eliminating bidding providers in the first round of bidding, and that it also changed its definition mid-stream for small providers. Meanwhile, a group of five providers and two consumers have filed suit opposing the program, arguing that it's doing harm to losers and consumers alike. In addition, a third lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland is asking for a preliminary injunction to prevent the program from moving forward. Meanwhile, at least 40 Senators have asked their colleagues to create legislation delaying the program.

To learn more about the lawsuits:
- read this Modern Healthcare article (reg. req.)

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