“Those who supply these [oxygen] concentrators organized, even brought senior citizens dragging oxygen tanks behind them to go up on the Hill and beg their representatives not to cut their oxygen supply, not to let them die, not to let the price of this critically valued piece of equipment be reduced. And Congress heard. So, the Medicare program was stopped from reducing those prices.”
Of course, the idea that Medicare has not cut oxygen prices is not just inaccurate, it’s preposterous. The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, for instance, included a 9.5 percent cut to Medicare oxygen reimbursement rates, which took effect on January 1, 2009. That came on top of a long series of cuts to oxygen that amount to reductions of approximately 50 percent over the past 10 years. Producers at “Dan Rather Reports” were informed of this by the American Association for Homecare well in advance of their January 18 segment, but they chose to ignore it.
Is it asking too much to expect accurate or fair reporting from Dan Rather, or the HHS Office of Inspector General?