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JUNE 28, 2013 NORCROSS Todd Tyson, president of Norcross-based Hi-Tech Healthcare, is among many in the industry fighting the change in Medicare billing. Tyson said his company bid on contracts for 9 of the 10 available categories in the Atlanta market. It won just two of those categories.”That means I cannot do a hospital bed, I cannot do a walker, I cannot do a wheelchair, I cannot do the internal nutrition, I can’t do therapeutic support services anymore - all of the things we were doing, ” he said.Tyson said his company won bids to provide oxygen and negative pressure wound therapy pumps. But he said that winning those categories won’t make up for the services he’ll no longer be able to sell. “It’s going to hurt, ” he said. “July 1 my business will lose almost $140,000 a month in revenue. It’s big.” Medicare is rolling out its program of competitive bidding for these kinds of prescribed devices nationwide, in spite of a move by U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and others in Congress to delay it. Medicare says the program will save consumers and the government nearly $43 billion over 10 years. But Price says it will hurt seniors and small businesses. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
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