Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)
Vol. 32, No. 4, Fall 2016
It Is Complicated and Important: Payment for Vents
Post-Polio Health International does parallel work as International Ventilator Users Network (IVUN). It publishes Ventilator-Assisted Living, a bimonthly e-newsletter, the Resource Directory for Ventilator-Assisted Living, and compiles www.ventnews.org and www.ventusers.org.
We have been following and reporting in Ventilator-Assisted Living the unending battle with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to assure that they pay for the correct breathing devices needed in the home by people who are beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid. In the case of polio survivors, it is the correct device needed to support their breathing due to respiratory muscle weakness.