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Home Oxygen Leaders Commend Sen. Baucus' Efforts to Expand Health Care Access, Warn That Deep Cuts in Oxygen Benefit May Undercut Access
Date:11/12/2008

nt role that home oxygen providers can and do play in preventing costly beneficiary emergency room visits, acute care admissions and avoidable physician intervention."

Home oxygen therapy costs the Medicare program only dollars a day. Government studies indicate that long-term use of home oxygen therapy reduces hospitalizations and, when hospitalizations do occur, reduces the length of the hospital stay.

Kelly urged Congress to closely monitor the impact these cuts will have on patient access to care and welcomed a constructive dialogue with Senator Baucus and others regarding reforming the oxygen benefit. "We believe that reforming the benefit in a way that eliminates the flaws in the current payment system makes sense. But we do not believe that reform equates to additional cuts."

Kelly also welcomed new efforts to eliminate fraud and abuse in the broader durable medical equipment program and called on all home oxygen providers to help identify and report incidents of fraud, abuse, and waste.

The Council for Quality Respiratory Care is a group of the nation's leading home oxygen therapy providers and manufacturers, representing a majority of the more than one million Medicare patients who depend on the home oxygen benefit for their care in order to live in an independent environment. CQRC members include AirSep Corporation, American HomePatient, Apria Healthcare, DeVilbiss Healthcare, Invacare, Lincare, Pacific Pulmonary Services, Praxair, Inc., ResMed, Inc., Respironics, Inc., Rotech Healthcare Inc. and Sunrise Medical, Inc.


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