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As Congress Debates Competitive Bidding Program, Home Oxygen Beneficiaries and Providers Left to Cope with 27 Percent Cut to Medicare Home Oxygen Benefit
Date:2/11/2009

utine emergency visits or needed oxygen supplies, such as oxygen tubing and masks, following 36 months of service. Given today's economy, no Medicare provider - within the oxygen community or not - could continue to maintain such service levels on an uncompensated basis.

Home oxygen therapy costs Medicare only dollars a day by allowing beneficiaries to receive care in their home, as opposed to more expensive institutional settings. Government studies demonstrate that long-term use of home oxygen therapy reduces hospitalizations and, in the event hospitalizations do occur, home oxygen therapy reduces the length of the hospital stay, saving taxpayer dollars. "Home oxygen community leaders welcome a thoughtful dialogue during the upcoming health care reform debate, where the merits of the Medicare home oxygen benefit as a cost-effective alternative to institutional care can be discussed and hopefully adopted," concluded Kelly.

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care, a coalition of the nation's leading home oxygen therapy providers and manufacturers representing nearly one half of the more than 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who depend on the home oxygen benefit for independence and quality of life.


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