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Letter from 167 Concerned Auction Experts on Medicare Competitive Bidding Program

Peter Cramton ()

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Abstract: We are economists, computer scientists, and operation researchers with expertise in the theory and practice of auctions. We write to express our concerns with the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We believe that competitive bidding can be an effective method of controlling Medicare costs without sacrificing quality. However, the current auction program has flaws that need to be fixed before it can achieve the objectives of low cost and high quality.

Keywords: Medicare auctions; health care auctions; procurement auctions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D44 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2012, Revised 2012
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Published in Letter to Chairman Stark, Health Subcommittee, Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, 26 September 2010

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