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Is POC use going up or down?

May 31, 2011Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Did anyone else raise an eyebrow when the Government Accountability Office stated in a recent report that use of portable oxygen concentrators has gone down while use of stationary concentrators has gone up from 2001 to 2008? Shouldn't it be the other way around? The GAO theorizes that the way Medicare pays for oxygen therapy—its rental payment for stationary concentrators includes payment for portable oxygen refills even though, one-third of the time, they're not provided—discourages...

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