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Home Medical Equipment Providers Are Appalled by 'Dead-Doctor' Scam, Strongly Support Anti-Fraud Efforts to Protect Medicare System
Date:7/9/2008

Statement by Tyler J. Wilson, President and CEO of the American Association for Homecare

ARLINGTON, Va., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Durable medical equipment manufacturers and providers are just as appalled as lawmakers and Medicare officials at the revelations that scam artists used identification numbers from deceased doctors to bilk millions of dollars from the Medicare system. The medical equipment providers and manufacturers represented by the American Association for Homecare stand united against fraud and abuse of the nation's Medicare system.

We are committed to rooting out fraud and abuse and are eager to continue working with Congress and the administration to improve program integrity for Medicare. We must also be clear, however, that it was lax oversight by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that allowed the dead-doctor scams to operate. We fully support comprehensive efforts to keep supplier billing numbers out of the hands of these scam artists. Moreover, it must also be noted that these criminals are not members of our Association and are not part of the legitimate homecare industry that is committed to providing Medicare beneficiaries with quality service and products.

The vast majority of home medical equipment providers and manufacturers are operated by hard-working Americans, in many cases they are family operations involving multiple generations who are dedicated to providing the best possible therapies and medical equipment to treat and improve medical conditions for patients. The patients our members serve suffer from a variety of conditions ranging from multiple sclerosis and congestive heart disease to COPD. Law-abiding providers and manufacturers that we represent understand the importance of forming transparent, long-term relationships with the Medicare program and they make every effort to comply with Medicare's rules and regulations.

The American Association for Homecare strongly
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