The time has come

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09/30/2009

I was talking to the folks over at the National Home Infusion Association yesterday. Sen. Max Baucus' admission that Congress needs to do something about the lack of Medicare coverage for home infusion is a "step forward," said executive director Russ Bodoff.

"It's always nice when the chairman of the finance committee recognizes the need for the fix," he added.

The next step is getting a revised CBO score that demonstrates the true costs of home infusion therapy, as well as the savings it offers the Medicare program when patients are treated in the home (about $200 per day, vs about $1,200 per day in the hospital).

The association is asking providers to contact their lawmakers now and ask for the CBO score.

Theresa Flaherty