On June 1, Jennifer Cooley, geriatric care coordinator for Pennsylvania, was awarded a Certificate in Elder Care Coordination, after completing a 15-week on-line program of study offered in conjunction with the Stockton College Center on Successful Aging and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. Jennifer is the first geriatric care coordinator in our firm to have undergone this unique and rigorous on-line study program, while working full-time as our geriatric care coordinator for Pennsylvania. Congrats Jennifer, and keep up the stellar work!
Changes to Durable Medical Equipment and What Medicare Pays for Them
Medicare is phasing in a new competitive bidding program in some areas of the country. This program changes the amount Medicare pays suppliers for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) and changes who can supply these items. As of July 1, 2013, this program will be in 99 areas of the country.
The Competitive Bidding Program replaces the prices Medicare has been paying. Under this program, suppliers submit bids to provide certain medical equipment and supplies at a lower price than what Medicare now pays for these items. Medicare uses these bids to set the amount it will pay for those equipment and supplies under the competitive bidding program. Qualified, accredited suppliers with winning bids are chosen as Medicare-contract suppliers.
The Competitive Bidding Program applies to Original Medicare only. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your plan should let you know if your supplier is changing.