Navigation Links
American Association for Homecare Calls on Joint Deficit Committee in Congress to Preserve Homecare Access for Millions of Americans
Date:10/13/2011

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare urges the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction not to include any additional budgetary spending cuts that will restrict access to home medical equipment and services in its recommendations to Congress. Over the years, homecare has broadened health care access for millions of Americans, while also producing cost-savings in the health care system by keeping seniors and people with disabilities out of costly hospitals and nursing homes.

"While we support the Committee's efforts to reduce the deficit and contain rising health care costs, homecare is part of the solution, it's not the problem," said Tyler J. Wilson, president of the American Association for Homecare.  "Homecare is a well-recognized form of cost-effective, post-acute and long-term care that has proven to reduce costs across the health care system."

"Any additional cuts to the homecare sector will severely restrict access for the eight million seniors and people living with chronic conditions and disabilities who depend on care and services at home," Wilson said. Over the past decade, home medical equipment and services have endured a series of deep, disproportionate budgetary cuts. Recently, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula and partially offset the estimated $200 billion 10-year cost of the repeal through steep, disproportionate cuts to durable medical equipment reimbursements.

Durable medical equipment is a shrinking line in Medicare's budget, representing less than 1.5 percent of total Medicare spending.  Home medical equipment and services provide a cost-effective alternative to institutional care for both patients and the health care system. For instance, a full year of oxygen therapy at home under Medicare costs roughly $2,400 a year. Yet without access to the proper services and equipment, a home oxygen patient suffering an exacerbation of COPD can cost Medicare more than $5,000 per day in hospital expenses.

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and other organizations in the homecare community. Members serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, wheelchairs and mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, home infusion, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. The Association's members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. Visit www.aahomecare.org/athome.  


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Association for Homecare
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Vicus Therapeutics to Present at the 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Boston, MA
2. Lexicon to Present Research Results at American Chemical Society Meeting Regarding Target of LX1031 Drug Candidate
3. GlaxoSmithKline Receives New HHS Order for H5N1 Bulk Antigen. First North American Clinical Trials with GSKs Candidate Pre-pandemic Flu Vaccine to Start.
4. Aspirin Named 8th World Wonder by Majority of Americans
5. MedImmunes Motavizumab Reduced RSV Hospitalizations by 83 Percent Among High-Risk Native American, Full-Term Infants in Placebo-Controlled Phase 3 study
6. American Heart Association Comment Saving Lives in Type 2 Diabetics: Could It Be as Easy as Lowering Blood Pressure?
7. TrialCheck(R) Cancer Clinical Trial Matching Interface to Debut on American Cancer Society Web Site
8. Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association Rapid Access Reports: Hispanics Hypertension Better Controlled With Equal Access to Care
9. Positive Results for NKTR-118 (oral PEG-naloxol) Presented at American Academy of Pain Management Meeting
10. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society Refutes American Society of Reproductive Medicine Opinion - States Preimplantation Genetic Screening is Beneficial When Performed in Experienced Centers
11. New MIRCERA(R) Data Analyses to be Featured at the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016 ... addition of the "Global Obstetrics Partnering ... company profile to their offering. --> ... of the "Global Obstetrics Partnering 2010-2016: ... profile to their offering. --> ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016 Worldwide Radiology Oncology surgical robot ... next generation systems provide a way to improve ... surgery. New systems pinpoint the delivery of radiation ... such a problem previously, limiting the quantity of ... cancer surgery far beyond what has been available, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... -- Montoya Love is recognized by Continental Who,s Who as ... is the Regulatory Systems Operations Manager with Becton ... Manufacturing and selling a broad range of medical ... institutions, clinical laboratories and life science researchers with the ... An ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... At its annual ... Patrick McDermott as Chairman of the National Board of Directors. Mr. McDermott succeeds former ... the Board,” stated Leslie A. Chambers , APDA President and CEO. “Pat has ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Ben Amini, a San ... welcoming orthodontist, Dr. Amanda Cheng, to the practice. With the addition of services ... including general dentistry, cosmetic treatments, periodontics, implant dentistry , endodontics, orthodontics and ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Health and wellness is a topic ... in the event they are experiencing an illness. Migraines are a severe form of ... afflicted with migraines would not wish the pain on their worst enemy, the feeling ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Calls Blacklist has ... completely new user interface design and the developer has fixed known bugs within the ... want to on their phone while not consuming any of their device’s battery power ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Susan Polk Health Insurance Company recently ... expect to see in 2016. To view the report, see below, or visit ... many San Luis Obispo seniors who rely on Medicare health insurance and whose monthly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):