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June 2010
Clinical Practice Management
GAO Report Calls for Study of Medicare Coverage of Home Infusion Therapy

A recent report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the federal government study the possibility of extending coverage for home infusion services to Medicare beneficiaries, a move IDSA has long supported.

The report compares current coverage policies of traditional Medicare plans and private health plans, such as Medicare Advantage Plans, for this therapy and concludes the Department of Health and Human Services should examine the issue further. “Given the long and positive experience health insurers reported having with home infusion therapy coverage, further study of potential costs, savings, and vulnerabilities for the Medicare program is warranted,” the report notes. To download the report, visit GAO’s website.

IDSA remains engaged in this issue and has endorsed legislation that would extend coverage to Medicare recipients, which the Society and other advocates believe would reduce hospital stays, decrease costs, be more convenient for patients, and make patients less likely to be exposed to hospital-acquired infections. For more information, please see IDSA’s website.  
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