HME spending drops to 1.25%

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WASHINGTON – While overall Medicare spending has increased more than 175% from 2000 to 2014, spending on HME accounted for just 1.25% of overall Medicare spending in 2014, dropping from a 2% share 10 years earlier, according to AAHomecare’s analysis of the National Health Expenditure Accounts’ December update. Furthermore, DME spending can stem overall Medicare costs over the long-term, notes the association. For every $1 spent on mobility, HME saves $16.78 in fall-related recovery; every $1 spent on supplemental O2 therapy for COPD saves $9.62 in complications; and every $1 spent on CPAP therapy saves $6.73 in obstructive sleep apnea complications.