The wheels are in motion

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11/12/2008

When Sen. Barack Obama got elected president, industry stakeholders began wondering: How quickly will he and a Democrat-lead Congress try to address healthcare issues, and what impact will the changes have on the home medical equipment industry? It looks like we have the answer to the first question. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., unveiled today a "detailed blueprint" to guarantee health insurance for all Americans, according to an article Postal hd in The New York Times. The word on the street is that he and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mont., were tripping over themselves trying to introduce a plan first.

Additionally, four leading advocacy groups, including the AARP, have started a campaign to press Obama to enact comprehensive healthcare reform in his first 100 days in office , according to an article

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How this all affects the HME industry is still unknown. Baucus' plan is a mixed bag for the HME industry, according to AAHomecare. It proposes healthcare policies that "shift the focus from institutional care to services provided in the home and community," but it also hails competitive bidding as an anti-fraud program and a sound payment methodology for HME and services. Sounds contradictory to me.

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