New impact survey seeks ‘street level’ view

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is developing a new survey with Dobson DaVanzo & Associates to determine the impact of competitive bidding on patient access to home medical equipment nationwide.

The survey will seek input from HME providers, beneficiaries, caregivers and hospital discharge planners. Dobson DaVanzo, a leading healthcare research group, will create a report based on the survey results.

Although industry stakeholders have met with regulatory agencies to discuss improvements to the bid program, more anecdotes are needed, particularly from beneficiaries and caregivers, says AAHomecare.

“A better understanding of the experience we have every day working with beneficiaries and discharge planners to secure needed equipment in a timely manner will help policymakers come up with solutions that help providers and patients alike,” said Steve Ackerman, AAHomecare chairman in a weekly bulletin. “This independent evaluation of what is actually going on at the street level, trying to get patients home, is long overdue."
AAHomecare has formed a steering committee for the survey that includes: John Gallagher, VGM Group; George Kucka, Fairmeadows Home Health Center; and Gary Sheehan, Cape Medical Supply.