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Reports & Studies

Impacts to the Homecare Industry

DME Cost Study

To determine the real impact Medicare’s competitive bidding program is having on quality of care, reimbursements and overall costs, AAHomecare commissioned a study to be performed by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, a leading consulting group focused on healthcare economics and policy based in the DC metropolitan area.

One of the key findings shows that Medicare reimbursement rates for home medical equipment cover just 88% of overall costs for companies providing the service.

HME Access Study

In another study conducted by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, it was discovered that competitive bidding "negatively affected beneficiaries’ access to durable medical equipment (DME) services and supplies, adversely impacted case managers’ ability to coordinate DME for their patients, and placed additional strain on suppliers to deliver quality products without delay.”

More than 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries, managers and HME suppliers were surveyed to complete this study.