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AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE: THERE REALLY IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

 AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE: THERE REALLY IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME!
 ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAMES) issued the following:
 Confronted with over 37 million uninsured Americans and numerous health care reform bills pending, Congress and the administration face major national health care reform decisions. As this debate unfolds, one thing is certain: from the standpoint of cost savings and quality of life, home medical equipment (HME) can help make the difference in any national health insurance reform plan.
 The legitimate, ethical HME services industry provides quality equipment and supplies, facilitating greater independence and a higher quality of life for consumers, while at the same time producing overall cost savings. For example, a wheelchair or oxygen system at home can make the difference -- by avoiding a nursing home or hospital admission, providing a speedier hospital discharge and ensuring that the individual patient continues to live independently. Recent cost-effectiveness studies demonstrate significant savings when patients recuperate at home, where they prefer to be, with proper equipment and home nursing care.
 HME suppliers furnish a continuum of care. Responsibilities do not end when equipment and supplies are delivered to the home and the patients and their family members are trained in their use -- they just begin. The increasing sophistication of home medical equipment means the HME services industry is routinely "on call" seven days a week, 24 hours per day to provide the support services needed. Staff include trained equipment specialists and professional health care personnel who work on a daily basis with patients at home to ensure maximum benefit from the equipment provided.
 HME suppliers represent a vital member of the home health care team. While the patient's physician provides continuing oversight of the entire health team, suppliers in turn provide the physician and home health agency nursing staff with many health professionals to meet the needs of the frail elderly and individuals with disabilities.
 The HME services industry is a critical component in the entire system of health care delivery. Together with other health care professionals, HME suppliers provide quality health care at an affordable cost. They make a difference by helping to make "homecomings" possible while easing the nation's health care costs.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Haracznak of the National Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers, 703-836-6263/ CO: National Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers ST: Virginia IN: HEA SU:


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