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American Association for Homecare Proposes Strong Anti-Fraud Measures in Medicare, Applauds HHS Testimony Today That Pledges to "Stop Fraud Before it Starts"
Date:10/28/2009

Statement by the American Association for Homecare for Senate Judiciary Hearing on "Effective Strategies for Preventing Health Care Fraud," October 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member, on behalf of the American Association for Homecare's more than 4,000 member locations serving Medicare beneficiaries in every state in the nation, we appreciate the opportunity to submit this statement to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding the need to eliminate waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid.

The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and other organizations in the homecare community. Members serve the medical needs of the millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and services, power wheelchairs, inhalation drug therapy, home infusion, hospital beds, diabetic supplies, and other medical equipment, supplies, and services in the comfort of their homes. Receiving these services and equipment in the home reduces the need for lengthy, expensive institutional stays.

AAHomecare applauds Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary William Corr's statement to the Judiciary Committee this morning that the federal government is committed to "stop fraud before it happens," which is the goal of the American Association for Homecare's 13-Point Medicare Anti-Fraud Legislative Action Plan.

The Association has zero tolerance for fraud and remains committed to eliminating fraud and abuse in the Medicare program. We are eager to work with Congress, the White House, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and federal law enforcement agencies in efforts to ensure the integrity of the Medicare program. To that end, we continue to offer suggestions for additional fraud and abuse prevention strategies over and above existing laws.

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