US Politics: Competitive Bidding for Prosthetics
renardwc at ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu
Wed Sep 18 07:30:48 PDT 2002
The following from OANDP-L. Mr Anderson asks if there are questions or
suggestions to kindly copy him as he is not sub'd to AMP-L. Course it might
be more productive to lambaste someone on the list. Does a lot more for your
For anyone who does not grasp the ramifications of competitive bidding for
prosthetics, here's a scenario.
It passes. Here in Tennessee (and most states) I can rent a cheapo storefront
on the bad side of town and call my business Beevis Prosthetics. I could find
myself a couple of hacks to sorta make limbs, and bid very low compared to
say.... Nashville Orthopedics. I'd probably get some business.
Some people know the price of everything.
And the value of nothing.
Date sent: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 08:23:59 -0500
From: Jim Andreassen <Jim.Andreassen at VGM.COM>
Thankfully the U.S. Congress went on summer recess before competitive
bidding could become reality. But, the battle is far from over, and the issue
will re-surface when the Senate revisits this issue as they get back to work in
Because we at the Orthotic & Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA) believe
strongly that a national competitive bidding program would be detrimental to
all of the independent O&P providers that we support, not to mention the
patients who've come to rely upon us as critical links in the health-care
continuum, we are making available informational tri-folds with a tear-off
postcard for your patients and employees to fill out and mail to their
congressional representatives. This is an opportunity for us to help these
representatives hear from their constituents that will be affected the most by
this bill...the patients.
We strongly encourage you to share these with your patients and employees,
ask them to fill out the tear-off postcard and mail it to their Congressional
representatives. You can find information regarding this important issue and
the addresses of your senators and representatives in the Competitive Bidding
Information section of www.opga.com. If you need a password for the site,
call Jackie Woodman, 1-800-642-6065, as soon as possible.
Of all the issues that have affected our industry, competitive bidding is the
most threatening to date. Please let us help you contact your congressional
representatives with these tri-folds. Also encourage your employees and
patients to write personal letters to their congressperson and senators (sample
letters are available on our Web site).
If you would like to act in this war against competitive bidding, please respond
to this posting and I will email you an order form for the tri-folds.
Thank you for your assistance and I look forward to your response.
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