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Sen. Tom Daschle, Rep. Jason Altmire, Healthcare Experts Tout Homecare as Cost-Effective Solution in the Healthcare Reform Process
Date:7/23/2009

ARLINGTON, Va., July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) stressed the cost-effective role that homecare can play in the reform of the U.S. healthcare system. The roundtable also addressed the controversial competitive bidding program for home medical equipment and services. The American Association for Homecare hosted the event, which was attended by congressional staff and media.

Senator Daschle and Representative Altmire were joined in the discussion by Peter Thomas, co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities' Health Task Force, and Georgetta Blackburn, vice president for government relations at Blackburn's, a home medical provider in Tarentum, Pa. Tyler Wilson, president of the American Association for Homecare, moderated the discussion.

Senator Tom Daschle noted, "We can provide low-cost good quality access in part through home healthcare. Home health is by far the most effective way to start producing wellness promotion and primary care. . .." Referring to the difference between the $7 per day cost of oxygen therapy to more than $5,000 per day for hospitalization under Medicare, Daschle said the difference "shows clearly how much of a panacea home healthcare can be."

"My mother's quality of life is a hundred times better given the fact that she can live at home rather than be institutionalized at 86. Her quality of life is proof positive that we can help improve quality, lower costs, and provide greater access if we put the emphasis where it belongs: at the base of the pyramid with good home healthcare."

Congressman Jason Altmire, a fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrat in Congress, spoke about the role of home medical services and equipment in healthcare reform. "We're going to preserv
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