Monday, December 4, 2017

Policymakers must fix problems with Medicare’s competitive bidding program for home oxygen therapy | TheHill

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"The end result is that patients are finding it more difficult to access the treatments they need.  According to Medicare’s data, the number of oxygen rental patients declined by 33 percent between 2008 and 2014, while the number of COPD diagnoses increased by 59 percent. Because the only treatment for COPD in its later stages is home oxygen therapy, the increase in diagnosis and the decrease in patients using the services suggests that patients aren’t getting access to the care necessary to remain at home."

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