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Date:4/2/2013

the patients we serve. I work in a predominantly Hispanic and Asian community and am able to provide services in Spanish and Korean."

Oh said that many of the other DMEs in the area have closed. "If we were to also close our doors these patients would have to travel over an hour before they would be able to find services provided in their language," he said. "This would be detrimental to these patients with whom we have built a relationship for the last few years."

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Wilson, of AAHomecare, said the DME industry is ready to support a fair procurement system based on three core principles: market-based prices, binding bids, and transparency.

"The current procurement system is destroying the Medicare program and its network of compassionate providers, while endangering patients," Wilson said. "Medicare can no longer be depended on to provide the health safety net for our seniors and people living with disabilities. Congress has to take action."

The American Association for Homecare represents providers of home medical or durable medical equipment and services who serve the needs of millions of Americans who require prescribed oxygen therapy, wheelchairs, enteral feeding, and other medical equipment, services, and supplies at home. Visit www.aahomecare.org. For more information, contact Julie Driver at julied@aahomecare.org.


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