During C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program this morning, Michael Reinemer, Vice President for Communications and Policy for the American Association for Homecare, provided a rebuttal to Bruce Vladeck’s false statements about durable medical equipment sector. In an email read by the C-SPAN host, Reinemer pointed out that Congress has in fact cut oxygen substantially numerous times -- in 1997, 2003, 2005, and 2008. Separately in an on-air phone comment, Reinemer told C-SPAN viewers about the cuts to home medical equipment rates, the 9 percent cut required to pay for the delay in the bidding program, and the less-than-one percent growth rate in Medicare spending for home medical equipment.
Mr. Vladeck responded that he “misspoke” about cuts to DME and he misspoke about the cuts to oxygen.
To listen to AAHomecare’s rebuttal, visit the following link (around the 1:50 mark): http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2009/08/28/HP/A/22564/Washington+Journal+Entire+Program.aspx