Video: Depression, Sleep Apnea and the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program

Medicare beneficiaries who rely on CPAP or BiPAP machines to control their sleep apnea are adjusting to major changes in how they get their products.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services implemented a policy that force medical equipment providers to bid against one another for the right to serve beneficiaries.

The competitive bidding program created several results, which are impacting beneficiaries.

  1. Bid winners are located far from beneficiaries, in many cases more than 500 miles away.
  2. Products available are of lesser quality, are the bidding process forced providers to severely lower prices.
  3. Beneficiaries were forced to change providers, causing frustration and difficulty finding a “Medicare-approved” provider.

Click below to view a video of a Medicare beneficiary named Naomi who spoke out. Learn more at www.peopleforqualitycare.org.

Depression, Sleep Apnea and Medicare Competitive Bidding Program

Naomi experienced problems finding a medical equipment provider.

Naomi experienced problems finding a medical equipment provider.