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Congress, CMS: Slow down cuts to home oxygen

By Tim Pigg of Rotech-reported by The Hill

It is rare to get agreement – even when everyone is interested in the same thing – particularly when it comes to healthcare policies in Washington.  It’s remarkable then, that the entire U.S. home respiratory therapy community has come together to support legislative relief related to a 30-50 percent reimbursement cut that threatens access to home respiratory therapies – including home oxygen and home sleep therapies – for the most vulnerable of patients: Medicare beneficiaries.

It’s a national crisis with deep implications.  More than one million seniors nationwide depend on the types of services that are jeopardized by these cuts. Without access to the home oxygen, equipment and related services they need, these patients are indisputably at risk for – and can likely expect to suffer from – poor healthcare outcomes and crises related to their respiratory conditions.

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