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In 2020, Medicare spent about $9 billion on wheelchairs, oxygen, and other durable medical equipment.
To save money and reduce fraud, Medicare implemented a competitive bidding program for suppliers to provide certain items in different geographic areas.
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Medicare is changing how it determines how much to pay for certain durable medical equipment items, such as oxygen, wheelchairs, and walkers. These ongoing changes helps Medicare (and its beneficiaries) pay less for these items—saving Medicare about $3.
People with conditions like multiple sclerosis may rely on complex power wheelchairs to get around. These wheelchairs can require special accessories, like power seating systems to reposition people who can’t move themselves.
What GAO Found The Medicare competitive bidding program (CBP) for durable medical equipment (DME) is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
What GAO Found Fiscal year 2013 sequestration reduced funding to selected components of federal agencies and their program partners—such as state and local governments—that assist in carrying out agency missions.