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Comments: CY 2019 Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) CMS-1691-P

Consistent with our previous public statements,1 Medicare Rights strongly supports the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program. We believe it represents an important advancement in how Medicare pays for medical equipment and services. The program serves a triple aim—contributing to lower costs for older adults and people with disabilities, as well as the right prices for Medicare, and a better deal for American taxpayers. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “The program saved more than $580 million for beneficiaries and taxpayers in its first two years of operation, and it is projected to save the
Medicare Part B Trust Fund $25.8 billion and beneficiaries $17.2 billion over ten years.”…

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