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

ps to the emergency room, hospital readmissions, and nursing home stays."  

Homecare providers gathered in Washington called on Congress to support H.R. 3790, a bipartisan bill to replace the misguided Medicare bidding program with a fiscally responsible alternative that substantially reduces Medicare spending for home medical equipment but allows providers of home medical equipment to continue serving Medicare beneficiaries. The bill currently has 162 cosponsors so far including 38 percent of the Democrats and 37 percent of Republicans in the House.  Representatives Altmire and Shuler are among the cosponsors.

As designed by Medicare, the bidding program will dramatically reduce the number of home medical providers, regardless of their willingness to accept lower reimbursement rates for medical equipment and services.  

Organizations that support H.R. 3790 include the American Association for Respiratory Care, the American Association of People with Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy Association of Ohio, International Ventilator Users Network, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Post-Polio Health International, United Spinal Association, and the University of
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