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Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures are Way Overdue, Says Durable Medical Equipment Industry
Date:1/8/2008

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The vast majority of homecare companies are owned and operated by law-abiding individuals. In many cases, these firms 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 at fair prices. Homecare providers serve patients who suffer from a variety of conditions ranging from multiple sclerosis and congestive heart disease to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has called for greater use of home- and community-based health care because "it's not only where people want to be served, but it's radically more efficient."

The durable medical equipment or homecare sector represents less than two percent of the total $400 billion-plus Medicare budget. DME is also the slowest growing sector: 2.3 percent DME spending growth from 2005 to 2006. Total Medicare spending grew 19 percent during that same period. Moreover, Americans overwhelmingly prefer home-based care nursing homes and other forms of institutional care.

The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) represents providers of durable medical equipment and related services and supplies as well as equipment manufacturers. AAHomecare members serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require home oxygen equipment, wheelchairs and other mobility products, hospital beds, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, home infusion, and other medical equipment, therapies, services, and supplies delivered in the patient's home. AAHomecare's provider members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. See http://www.aahomecare.org.

CONTACT: Michael Reinemer, 703-535-1881 or 703-966-9574 (cell); michaelr@aahomecare.org or Tilly Gambill, 703-535-1896; tillyg@aahomecare.org.


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