Contributor: Profit Over People—Medicare Advantage Plans Are Denying Vital NIV Therapy Coverage

April 15, 2024 Jhon Vargas Opinion A longtime respiratory therapist calls for reform of Medicare Advantage in light of denials of coverage for patients who need non-invasive ventilation. Jhon Vargas | Image provided by author In my 25 years as a respiratory therapist, I have been proud to help seniors and people with disabilities get…

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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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