Respiratory groups issue rallying cry

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CHICAGO – The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, American Lung Association, COPD Foundation and the American Association of Respiratory Care are asking individuals to call their lawmakers and ask them to support a proposed rule from CMS that would increase their access to liquid oxygen. Ever since reduced reimbursement went into effect as part of the competitive bidding program and the number of companies offering liquid oxygen subsquently dwindled, individuals who were on portable liquid oxygen have had difficulty obtaining more tanks. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is also asking CMS to removed liquid oxygen from the bidding process entirely. The foundation has also created a new oxygen information line (844-825-5733) where individuals can call with questions about dosage, different forms, insurance questions and more.