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CLINTON ADMINISTRATION ADVOCATES BETTER ACCESS TO HOME CARE SERVICES

 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Clinton administration is calling for increased access to home care, thanks in part to Beverly Chapman. Two months ago, Chapman addressed President Clinton's Economic Summit on behalf of Americans with disabilities. To attend the Economic Summit, she drove in her car from Orlando, Fla., to Little Rock, Ark. What she had to say prompted Clinton to acknowledge the vital role home care could play in reforming the health care system and reducing health care costs.
 "Let's keep the in-home services," said Clinton, speaking for Americans with disabilities everywhere. "Let's promote as much independence as possible. We can serve more people at lower cost, even if we have to cut back a little on what we're doing institutionally."
 That sentiment has since been echoed by the person charged with overseeing the nation's health care system, Health and Human Services Department Secretary Donna Shalala. During her recent Senate confirmation hearings, Shalala said, "We must enhance home care ... in order to give more patients the choice of living at home and preserving their independence."
 The Clinton administration stance comes at a time when the growing demand for health care reform, coupled with the urgent need to reduce health care spending, is already fueling explosive growth in home care services. The Commerce Department, in it's recent U.S. Industrial Outlook for 1993, predicts that home care will be the fastest growing segment of health care this year.
 The National Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAMES) has just released a comprehensive report that examines the various factors contributing to the growth in demand for home care services. Titled "Health Care at Home: A Home Care Digest," the report finds that growth in home care has significant, positive implications for health care reform.
 "The report found that growth in the demand for home care is being fueled by the need to reduce overall health care spending without ignoring the increasingly complex medical needs of an aging population," said Corrine Parver, NAMES president. "In short, home care does what health care reformers want: It cuts costs and improves patient quality of life without sacrificing quality of care. And as home care technology continues to evolve, home care's role in providing Americans with quality, affordable health care will grow ever more prominent."
 "As the Clinton administration and Congress consider reforms to our nation's health care system and federal deficit reductions, it is critical they understand the integral role of home care using home medical equipment," added Parver.
 NAMES, headquartered in Alexandria, is the national trade association representing a diversified membership of more than 2,000 home medical equipment (HME) suppliers with some 4,500 sites, more than 100 HME manufacturers and 38 state and regional HME associations. Its mission is to promote access to quality home medical equipment services as an integral part of the nation's health care system.
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 /NOTE: NAMES is offering a variety of regional educational seminars for HME suppliers in 1993. The next one is in Seattle, Feb. 22-23. For all seminar locations, dates and subjects, please call Tressy Rampersad, 703-836-6263./
 /CONTACT: Steve Haracznak of The National Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers, 703-836-6263/


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