Incontinence product suppliers fight competitive bidding plans in Texas

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Sellers of incontinence products have squared off against the Texas state comptroller's office, which wants to competitively bid underpads, catheters and other supplies for Medicaid patients in the state. More than 1,400 companies currently bill the state's Medicaid program $140 million a year for incontinence products, according to The Texas Tribune. The comptroller's office believes trimming the list of vendors to a few select partners will save Medicaid $15 million a year and reduce Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse. Vendors have countered that reducing the number of vendors will force smaller suppliers to close.

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