Although I was honored to speak at the Medicare hearing, I am fully aware that my words fell on deaf ears. At the beginning of the meeting it was announced that the only comments considered by the committee were those submitted in writing. Written comments are accepted until August 31st, and it is imperative that every amputee and supporter take this next step. Unless we flood the committee with letters I fear that the proposal, either as drafted or with nearly as disastrous modifications, will be adopted.
Online forms are available to make the process easy, but I urge everybody to take a little more time to send something personal. If you don't have the time to write something, the online forms are better than nothing. A patient letter is available here and a supporter letter can be found by clicking on this link. For those who wish to personalize their comments, please direct your emails to Stacy Brennan, MD using this email: DMAC_DRAFT_LCD_Comments@anthem.com
I realize that the notion of writing something original may be daunting. Speaking with my podcast partner Dave, an insurance reimbursement specialist and expert in this arena, we decided to make ourselves available to help. Today we will be hosting a social media chat to answer questions about the proposal and the comments. Questions can be submitted via twitter using the #askampd hashtag or can be posted directly on our Facebook Podcast page. We will be available between 12:30-1:30 EST today to answer questions. Now is your chance to get clarification and answers to questions about the detrimental impact of these proposals if they are enacted.
We are looking forward to talking with you soon!
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