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Home Infusion Therapy

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IDSA has long advocated for coverage of home infusion therapies as a high quality and cost effective option for patients who require multiple daily antimicrobial infusions or those living in rural areas. Unfortunately, while most private payers cover home infusion therapies, fee-for-service Medicare does not.

As a result, Medicare beneficiaries who need antimicrobial infusion services often must be admitted to an extended care facility where they are less comfortable and more likely to be exposed to hospital-acquired infections that increase the likelihood of treatment failure and avoidable readmission. Not only is this unnecessary, inconvenient and difficult for the patient, but it also is costly to the Medicare program.

The Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act of 2011 (S. 1203 and H.R. 2195) would provide beneficiaries enrolled in traditional Medicare with the same access to home infusion therapies that patients have enjoyed for many years.

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