Conference aims for oxygen consensus

Sunday, February 6, 2005

February 7, 2005

YARMOUTH, Maine - With issues like competitive bidding and Medicare reimbursement weighing heavily on the respiratory business, the LTOT Network has announced it will be holding the Sixth Consensus Conference for Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) this summer in Denver.
The goal of the Consensus Conferences is to bring together all the stakeholders in the business, including physicians, patients, manufacturers and providers, to identify the problems associated with LTOT and make recommendations on how to make things better.
“Oxygen reimbursement has been the factor that has driven all of conferences so far,” said Bob McCoy, the facilitator of the event and president of Valley Inspired Products. “This meeting will probably also come down to economics first.”
Other topics may include technology advancements, the issue of modality neutral versus modality specific, and how to educate prescribing physicians and patients on challenges facing providers and manufacturers.
“I think this is going to be the most popular one so far because people now know what the Consensus Conference is all about now and because there’s lots of controversy out there. There are a lot of key issues and that’s what we are going to focus on.”