Tuesday, January 29, 2008
But who are these voters favoring? According to a national telephone survey of 1,000 American adults, Americans age 55 and older are more likely (83 percent) to express support for candidates who support homecare, compared to the 18-to-54 age group (76 percent). Approximately 69 million Americans are 55 or older.
The survey also showed an overwhelming majority (78 percent) of American voters say they would vote for congressional candidates who would strengthen Medicare coverage for power wheelchairs, oxygen devices, hospital beds, and other durable medical equipment and services used in the home.
Is homecare an issue you will consider when casting your vote?
The Biloxi Sun Herald covered this poll; you can read more at http://www.sunherald.com/447/story/330422.html.
Nevada voters concerned with health care and Medicare payments, visit The New York Times.
Poll: Most U.S. adults favor home care http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Health/2008/01/29/poll_most_us_adults_favor_home_care/4386/
Monday, January 28, 2008
“We need incentives for home healthcare as opposed to long term care. In my state of Arizona we adopted a proposal which incentivizes health care providers to keep people in home health care settings. It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care. In Arizona we have one half the numbers of people per capita in long term care facilities as the state of Pennsylvania. Incentives to keep cost down…there are no incentives in the system today.”
Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANXQ5YU98Qw to see McCain’s full debate answer (5:18 is when McCain begins to speak about homecare).
President Clinton has mentioned the merits of homecare during the campaign while speaking to a group on behalf of his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton. And former presidential candidate, Bill Richardson, announced at an AARP forum in September that homecare was a centerpiece of his healthcare plan. "Senior citizens want to be able to live out their lives in dignity and in their own homes," Governor Richardson said when explaining his “Independence at Home” plan.
Homecare is becoming a talking point for presidential candidates but voters must keep it at the top of campaign discussions.
Friday, January 25, 2008
The statement was confirmed by a second key staff member for a Ways and Means committee member. They agreed that the payment reduction rate for oxygen would be the preferred approach rather than a shorter rental period.
Now is the time to ramp-up efforts to encourage members of Congress to cosponsor the Tanner-Hobson (H.R. 1845), Hatch-Conrad (S. 1428), and other bills related to the homecare industry.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
See full text of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story at: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08011/848326-28.stm. (Photo of Congressman Altmire and Georgie Blackburn during the Representatives visit)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The source is the National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA), which are the official estimates of total health care spending in the
Monday, January 14, 2008
Even before the Medicare program initiated new quality standards and accreditation requirements under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, the Medicare program was supposed to conduct an unannounced facility site visit before granting a Medicare supplier number to providers of durable medical equipment. The Medicare program also was supposed to conduct an unannounced site visit at least once every three years in order for the supplier to have its supplier number renewed.
A site visit is supposed to be more than just checking to see if the lights are on at the location. An inspector conducting a site visit has a number of requirements that he or she should be looking for such as verifying delivery slips and checking to make sure there is a complaint file. Unfortunately, Medicare does not seem to do this on a regular basis.
The Los Angeles Times printed a piece entitled Feds to enforce tighter restrictions to help prevent Medicare fraud (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fraud8jan08,1,5998232.story?ctrack=1&cset=true). The written piece as well as the press conference linked fraud and abuse efforts with accreditation as required by the competitive bidding program.
See the full text of the press release at the Newsroom at www.aahomecare.org.
Friday, January 11, 2008
The Tanner-Hobson bill (H.R. 1845) currently has 158 cosponsors. The bill makes changes to the competitive bidding structure in order to ensure beneficiaries’ access to durable medical equipment (DME) is maintained, to protect small providers of quality DME items, therapies, and services, and to foster a dynamic marketplace for Medicare-reimbursed DME. A related Senate bill, Hatch-Conrad-Roberts (S. 1428), has 15 cosponsors at this time.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Chattanooga Times Free Press, as well as other newspapers reported on the news of the 70 MSAs with stories that discussed the downside of competitive bidding in terms of access to care and impact on small businesses.