FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 28, 2005
CONTACT: AHCA Press Office Jonathan Burns 850-922-5871
Agency for Health Care Administration Acts to Make Oxygen Available
to Medicaid Participants in the Wake of Hurricane Wilma
~Temporary easing of prescription requirements
to ensure patients receive are they need~
TALLAHASSEE - The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
today announced it will temporarily allow Medicaid Durable Medical
Equipment (DME) providers to provide oxygen to Medicaid participants
without a prescription. This change will ease the burden on
Oxygen-dependent patients who may find it difficult to obtain refill
prescriptions from physicians in the wake of Hurricane Wilma.
Medicaid DME providers will be authorized to provide Oxygen refills
without a prescription until November 18, 2005.
"As we work together to recover from the effects of Wilma, our
top priority continues to be ensuring Florida's most vulnerable have
access to the care they depend on," said AHCA Secretary Alan Levine.
"This change will protect continuity of care for Medicaid
participants who may be unable to reach their prescribing
Medicaid DME providers are being notified of the change, and
participants in need of assistance should contact their local
Medicaid area office. Medicaid patients using Oxygen must continue
to obtain Oxygen refills through Medicaid-participating DME
providers. Medicaid may conduct audits to ensure that services are
being directed to those who need them.
Working to improve access to affordable, quality health care to
all Floridians, the state Agency for Health Care Administration
administers Florida's $14 billion Medicaid program, licenses and
regulates more than 32,000 health care facilities and 30 health
maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and
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