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Congress Must Recognize Homecare as Cost-Effective Part of Health Care Reform
Date:7/20/2009

ent and the level of services that providers are able to furnish to consumers who have severe disabilities and who are in greatest need of mobility products and services.

"Home medical equipment and service is already the most cost-effective slowest-growing portion of Medicare spending, increasing only 0.75 percent per year, according to the latest National Health Expenditures data from Medicare. That compares to more than 6 percent annual growth for Medicare spending overall. Moreover, home medical equipment represents only 1.6 percent of the Medicare budget.

"As Congress deliberates cuts to Medicare, they would do well to recognize that cuts to home medical equipment will increase long-term Medicare costs. The home medical equipment sector should be seen as a key element in reducing overall Medicare costs."

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and other organizations in the homecare community. Members serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, home infusion, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. The Association's members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. Visit www.aahomecare.org.


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