. . . plus c’est la meme chose.  I am shocked, shocked, to learn from the newspaper of record that Medicare is overpaying for oxygen and related equipment and supplies.  Seems the OIG reported on the self-same issue over a year ago.

Are there cases in which the Medicare payment is appropriate?  Sure, but there are many in which it is not.  CMS can thinly slice payments in so many other areas, so the federales could do the same for oxygen, rather than go with a one-size-fits-all approach (XXL).

Update 12/3/07:  The American Association for Homecare has posted a rebuttal to the NY Times article linked to above.

David Harlow