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New Medicare Harms to Home Health: Saving Dollars, But Costing Lives?

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New Medicare Harms to Home Health: Saving Dollars, But Costing Lives?

new-logo25Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

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“The government says this is all in the name of “cost savings.”  So that makes Obamacare’s new slogan appear to be: “Saving dollars, costing lives.”  If you like your life, you may not get to keep it under Obamacare.

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Here are my Top 6 harmful changes in home health services and bidding rules for DME vendors:

Obamacare has made drastic changes in Medicare procedures for obtaining durable medical equipment (DxME) for home health services. Most patients will not be aware of the hidden new rules until they are hit with higher costs or denial of services or needed supplies. 

Here are my Top 6 harmful changes in home health services and bidding rules for DME vendors:

obm1. Obamacare cut $66 Billion from the Medicare budget for home health services from 2013 – 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

2. Obamacare cuts to home health services are the Democrats’ version of a War on Women: 60 percent of those needing home health services and equipment are elderly or disabled women. I say Democrats because there were zero Republican votes for Obamacare.

3. Obamacare cuts $17 billion from hospice care, another Medicare-covered service typically delivered in the lower-cost setting of homes instead of hospitals.

4. Medicare implemented new rules called “Competitive Bidding” (CB) for vendors of home health equipment and supplies.  Like so many federal laws and rules, the CB process has an effect opposite to the one its name suggests. The new bid rules are non-competitive and damaging in many ways: More

Last Week To Address the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act

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On Friday, the latest version of The Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection was posted at http://www.flsenate.gov along with an analysis of the bill.

The bill is scheduled to be heard by the entire Senate on Wednesday, April 30.

While much improved, the bill continues to put property owners in a very vulnerable position. Following is the CPR Bill Analysis:

The Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act

Analysis of CS/CS/CS/SB 1576

Introduction

The issue of protecting and preserving water in Florida must be addressed on two levels: water quantity and water quality. This bill addresses one of those issues: water quality.

The best vehicle for addresses the water quality issue is the Department of Environmental Protection’s Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) process. It allows local stakeholders to address any and all potential pollution sources and remediate them in a site-specific manner. Only a lack of funding limits its speed and progress.

Problems with CS/CS/CS/SB 1576

After substantial, last minute changes in last Wednesday’s Senate Appropriations Committee, this bill still has the following problems which renders it ineffective in achieving springs and aquifer protection. More

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