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Home Oxygen Community Braces for Massive Cuts to Medicare's Home Oxygen Benefit Starting January '09
Date:12/3/2008

long-term use of home oxygen therapy reduces hospitalizations and, when hospitalizations do occur, reduces the length of the hospital stay. Despite these realities, government continues to focus on home oxygen primarily as an equipment benefit, rather than a cost-effective alternative to institutional care, and applies cuts accordingly.

"Home oxygen therapy fulfills a critical need for more than one million elderly and chronically ill patients in our country, and I cannot emphasize enough the impact these cuts will have on beneficiaries," said Kelly. "We pledge to comply with current regulations while working with Congress and the Administration to address the unintended consequences of legislation and regulations. We will closely monitor the impact of these cuts on the patient community to ensure that access to this life-enhancing and cost-saving treatment is not threatened and the integrity of the home oxygen benefit is maintained."

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care is an alliance of the nation's leading home oxygen therapy providers and manufacturers, representing nearly one half of the one million Medicare beneficiaries who depend on the home oxygen benefit for independence and quality of life. CQRC members include Aerocare Holdings, Inc., AirSep Corporation, American Association for Homecare, American HomePatient, Apria Healthcare, DeVilbiss Healthcare, Invacare, Lincare, Pacific Pulmonary Services, Praxair, Inc., ResMed, Inc., Philips Home Healthcare Solutions, Rotech Healthcare Inc. and Sunrise Medical, Inc.


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