Home infusion legislation

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The ICT website report on the following statement was made by Donald M. Poretz, MD, immediate past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Poretz practices medicine in Annandale, Va., and has provided home infusion therapy to his privately insured patients for several years.

Poretz states, The bipartisan group of senators and representatives who reintroduced home infusion legislation in the new Congress have taken an important step toward delivering on a key promise that President Obama made on his inauguration to raise healthcares quality and lower its cost. As an infectious disease doctor, I often prescribe home infusion drugs, such as antibiotics and antivirals, for patients who have serious infections, like pneumonia or heart infections. Home infusion therapy allows my patients to be treated safely in the comfort of their own homes. Not only are they happier, but they are also less likely to be exposed to hospital-acquired infections, many of which are drug-resistant.

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