I sit down at my desk this morning to the following email. URGENT!! Immediate ACTION REQUIRED!! TOMORROW AM - Many state budgets are under the gun and being reduced. North Carolina is certainly no different. Health and Human Services which operates the Division of Medical Assistance which administers the Medicaid program for DME, is cutting $3.5 BILLION. This means that the NC General Assembly is trying to not only cut over $3.5Million from DME for the fiscal year ’09-’10 (beginning July 1) BUT they are also calling for “PURCHASING IN BULK FROM A SINGLE SOURCE”!! Plus, asking to save over $4 Million FY ’10-’11. (Page G12 (pg 62 of linked document), Item 118 in the House Appropriations Subcommittee for HHS - http://ncleg.net/sessions/2009/budget/2009/budgetreport06-13-09.pdf ) Without getting too wrapped up in the details of what this means exactly or where it came from, it is NOT what the DME community in NC needs to have happen. Patients and businesses WILL SUFFER. If this budget item actually means ONE PROVIDER - patient access and quality of service will suffer and costs WILL shift to other areas of the Medical community. NCAMES is committed to bringing other cost-saving measures to the table. Please call your House and Senate Conference Committee Chairs in the NC General Assembly in Raleigh TODAY!!!! and urge them: - DO NOT go to a BULK PURCHASING from a SINGLE SOURCE provider for DME - DO NOT HARM Patients by reducing ACCESS & Lower quality of CARE - DO NOT REDUCE this COST-Saving BENEFIT! Home Care SAVES money and costs WILL shift exponentially to other areas of HHS - DO NOT HARM Businesses and HURT NC’s economy - DO Work with NCAMES to SOLVE the budget woes Call the Senators and Representatives listed below who are Chairing the Conference Committee on the Budget. We will do lunch for everyone tomorrow for making these calls in the AM – each employee needs to take 10 minutes and call each office there is a total of 14 calls each staff member will make – this should take about 15 minutes to make all the calls total at a max. At 11AM we will run a report to ensure all the calls were made from our phone system and then we will order lunch. Being a voice in the industry is crucial and it takes all of us if we turn our backs to it then we are doing nothing but damaging the industry. The Team Leaders, Casey, Don and myself will all be rallying up to make these calls as well. Then we’ll order lunch for all offices. Doesn't that come off as a little threatening? Like, if you don't call, we will know and you may lose your job... I don't agree with our medicaid system and I am personally aware of a number of people who are milking it for all it's worth. If it needs to be cut then cut it. I specifically work with mobility equiment, power wheelchairs and such. I know for a fact that people who do not need this equipment will force it thru medicaid and then turn around and sell the thing for $1,000 when medicaid paid $8k for it. These people make me sick. The people I work for didn't care about the system or the people before it was going to hurt their wallet. I called my wife and told her what happened and that I wasn't going to call. If they want to make an issue of then I'll deal with but I don't think it's right so I won't do it. She agreed with me so at least I've got her support but what a way to kick of a Wednesday morning.