The American College of Chest Physicians (r) (CHEST) and The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) have released an Oxygen Toolkit for individuals who require supplemental oxygen and clinicians who prescribe supplemental oxygen to their patients.
The toolkit featured on the Oxygen Therapy pages at the CHEST Foundation website has four components.
Complete Oxygen Therapy Manual
This comprehensive guide contains all the information you need about oxygen therapy. It also includes details on the various oxygen therapy methods available and how you can pay for it.
This brief guide will explain what you need to do prior to, during, and after delivery of the equipment. It concentrates on the relationship between the patient and the durable medical equipment supplier (DME).
Trip Planning Guide to Traveling with Oxygen Therapy
Traveling with new medical equipment is a stressful experience. This document outlines everything that anyone traveling with oxygen supplemental devices will require to know when traveling by car, bus or cruise ship, train, and even by plane.
Is your patient in need of oxygen therapy?
Written for clinicians, this document covers determining whether your patient needs oxygen therapy, how to order oxygen therapy systems , and how to train the patient about oxygen therapy.
We are thrilled to partner with the CHEST Foundation in order to educate patients suffering from lung disease on oxygen therapy. A better understanding of patients and their caregivers will enable suppliers to more effectively support patients who require oxygen therapy at home. These guides are a fantastic source for caregivers and patients to help them understand and confidently utilize these essential devices at home and abroad.
Tom Ryan, AAHomecare President and CEO
“Driven by our desire to improve the quality of life for patients, the CHEST Foundation creates quality resource such as the Oxygen Toolkit for patients having difficulty navigating their lives in managing their disease,” said Ian Nathanson, MD FCCP, President of the CHEST Foundation. “We also recognize that there are gaps in our knowledge within our own membership, such as writing prescriptions that meet reimbursement criteria – and are committed to eliminating any barriers patients face.”
Robert Musacchio PhD, CHEST CEO, stated that this toolkit is one strategy in our larger commitment to providing supplemental oxygen for all patients eligible to benefit. “CHEST is currently working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand access. We recently helped compel expansion by advocating for changes to the National Coverage Determination for Home Oxygen and, through our Health Policy & Advocacy Committee, are actively exploring additional regulatory strategies for enabling broader access to high-flow devices as well as liquid oxygen.”
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