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Home Medical Equipment Providers and Lawmakers Discuss Cost-Effective Role of Homecare During Washington Meeting
Date:3/5/2010

ARLINGTON, Va., March 5, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --More than 250 providers of home medical equipment and services from across the U.S. met with members of Congress this week during the American Association for Homecare's Washington Legislative Conference. Homecare advocates discussed the value and cost-effectiveness of home-based care, the race-to-the-bottom impact on services, and disruptions to patient care that will be triggered by Medicare's controversial "competitive" bidding program. Speakers at the conference included Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Congressmen Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.).

"High-quality home-based care is by far the most cost-effective setting for post-acute care," said Tyler J. Wilson, president at CEO of the American Association for Homecare. "Effective use of home medical equipment and services helps reduce spending throughout the healthcare system by ensuring a smooth transition from hospital to home and by preventing tri
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