Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the American Association for Homecare obtained new data from the PDAC Contractor, identifying “traditional” suppliers which provides a more accurate picture of the HME supplier community than those previously obtained from CMS’ website.
Nationwide, AAHomecare reports that their latest analysis shows a 33% decrease in the number of unique traditional DME suppliers since the beginning of competitive bidding and a 31% decrease in the number of traditional DME supplier locations. The information does not include big merchandisers such as Walmart and Kmart, but rather suppliers deemed as “traditional” suppliers. AAHomecare identified “traditional” suppliers as companies that provide at least two of the following product categories: oxygen, CPAP, NPWT, RAD, hospital beds, wheelchair and accessories, urological supplies, enteral supplies, and ostomy supplies. Additional info on this project may be found here.