CQRC LEADS WAY ON OXYGEN REFORM

Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor Updated 8:51 AM CDT, Fri April 12, 2024 WASHINGTON – The fact that the HME industry, physician groups and patient groups are all in alignment on what needs to be done to fix the Medicare oxygen benefit should help to propel a new bill forward, says Dan Starck, interim chair of…

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Industry Voices—Congress must pass legislation to reform Medicare’s supplemental oxygen program

FIERCE Healthcare By Dan Starck Apr 3, 2024, 5:00 pm Nationwide, an estimated 1.5 million Americans rely on supplemental oxygen to help treat and manage a range of respiratory and pulmonary conditions and disorders, from severe asthma and pneumonia to sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis. That’s why recent challenges in the availability and delivery…

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Congress Introduces SOAR Act to Improve Supplemental Oxygen Access

Mar 27, 2024 | Healthcare & Policy |      The Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform Act (SOAR) of 2024, designed to ease access to supplemental oxygen for Medicare beneficiaries, was introduced in the US House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of members of Congress.  The legislation, introduced by Representatives David Valadao (R-CA), Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN), Adrian Smith (R-NE),…

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OXYGEN BILL INTRODUCED IN HOUSE 

HME News Staff Updated 9:53 AM CDT, Mon April 1, 2024 WASHINGTON – A bill to reform the home oxygen therapy benefit has now also been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform (SOAR) Act, H.R. 7829, introduced by Reps. David Valadao, R-Calif.; Julia Brownley, D-Calif.; Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and…

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CQRC Commends Introduction of the SOAR Act in the U.S. House

MARCH 27, 2024 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies – commends the introduction of the bipartisan Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform (SOAR) Act (H.R 7829) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Introduced by Representatives David Valadao (CA-22), Julia…

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CASSIDY, WARNER, KLOBUCHAR INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO CREATE EASIER ACCESS TO SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES

FEBRUARY 28, 2024 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation to ease access to supplemental oxygen for Medicare beneficiaries. The Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform (SOAR) Act of 2024 would establish a new payment methodology for non-liquid oxygen, allowing for most Medicare beneficiaries to be covered under the base payment levels. “Patients…

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OXYGEN REFORM BILL INTRODUCED IN SENATE 

HME News Staff Updated 11:14 AM CST, Fri March 1, 2024 WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy, MD., R-La., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have introduced legislation to ease access to supplemental oxygen for Medicare beneficiaries by, among other things, permanently extending blended payment rates.  The  Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform (SOAR) Act of 2024  would establish…

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CQRC Applauds Introduction of the SOAR Act in U.S. Senate

March 1, 2024 Bipartisan bill safeguards access to supplemental oxygen to improve outcomes and well-being for an estimated 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries Washington, D.C. – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC) – a coalition of the nation’s leading home respiratory therapy providers and manufacturing companies – today applauds the introduction of the bipartisan Supplemental…

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IN BRIEF: SENATORS PUSH OXYGEN TEMPLATE, DME MACS PUBLISH SUPPLIES GUIDANCE

HME News Staff Updated 10:14 AM CST, Fri February 9, 2024 WASHINGTON – Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., urge CMS to adopt a standardized template instead of a medical record review to ensure access to supplemental oxygen for patients.   In a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the senators state:  “We ask…

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