VGM Introduces New Tool to Strengthen Advocacy

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By Collin Brecher, VGM Government Relations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have published numerous bulletins claiming that the nationwide rollout of competitive bidding has not had negative impacts on providers or patients.

HME providers and patients know this is not true, but Congress isn’t convinced.

Congressional offices have requested more information about how competitive bidding is negatively impacting communities across America. For this reason, VGM Group, Inc. has launched a new advocacy tool, the Supplier Impact Survey, to provide Congress with the data they need. 

The purpose of the Supplier Impact Survey is:

  • To monitor the impacts of competitive bidding on DME providers and their patients across the country; and
  • To be able to present policymakers with the facts and figures behind who is being hurt by competitive bidding and to what extent the program is hurting America’s communities.

How will the Supplier Impact Survey work? 

Quarterly, VGM will survey members and keep a record of issues that stem from competitive bidding and rural reimbursement cuts. Data gathered from the survey will be used to strengthen the case on Capitol Hill for reforms to competitive bidding.

Why is the Supplier Impact Survey important?

According to John Gallagher, vice president of VGM Government Relations, “This survey will allow DME providers to actively show advocates on Capitol Hill that the security of this industry is greatly threatened by the nationwide rollout of this flawed program.”

Take five minutes to help strengthen the case for competitive bidding reform.

If you have had to reduce staff positions, turn patients away, change the way you bill Medicare beneficiaries or have experienced any other hardship as a result of competitive bidding, please fill out the Supplier Impact Survey. The more survey results our industry presents to Congress, the harder it will become to deny the harm competitive bidding is causing.

The VGM Government Relations team encourages all providers to participate. “Whether you are in a CBA or in rural America, we would like to hear from you,” Gallagher concluded.

The current survey period is open until September 9.

If you would like more information or have any questions regarding the Supplier Impact Survey,  please contact Collin Brecher at [email protected].