Congressman Arcuri Visits Upstate HomeCare To Discuss Impact of Healthcare Reform

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Congressman Michael Arcuri (NY-24) visited Upstate HomeCare in Clinton, NY on Wednesday, July 1st to learn more about how home healthcare directly affects the lives of his constituents, and help promote his initiatives on healthcare reform and funding.

Visiting Upstate HomeCare allowed me to see firsthand the significance of quality homecare for so many across the region

Congressman Michael Arcuri (NY-24) visited Upstate HomeCare in Clinton, NY on Wednesday, July 1st to learn more about how home healthcare directly affects the lives of his constituents, and help promote his initiatives on healthcare reform and funding. Congressman Arcuri began with a tour of the facility and met with patients to talk about healthcare reform, and how it will impact their lives on a day-to-day basis. He asked a number of questions of the people who need Upstate HomeCare's services most, those homebound with infirmities that would normally require permanent residence in a hospital or other medical facility. They now have the freedom to live in their own homes, as medical personnel, services and supplies like prescription medications and oxygen are brought to them.

"Visiting Upstate HomeCare allowed me to see firsthand the significance of quality homecare for so many across the region," said Congressman Arcuri. "I learned what was important to the patients and what was important to the providers and will take that information with me to Washington as we work to reform our healthcare system to benefit the people and employees at places like Upstate HomeCare. I want to pledge my full support to Upstate Homecare now and in the future and I look forward to my next visit there soon."

Upstate HomeCare, a home medical services provider specializing in infusion, specialty medication, respiratory and durable medical equipment services, just this year also added an oral medication pharmacy service. They provide homebound patients with many necessary medical products and services, including medical personnel when required.

"Because of the current system's requirements, 30% of our staff is dedicated to customer service or billing and the necessary paperwork, while only 15% are in-home clinical staff," said Anthony Artessa, President/CEO of Upstate HomeCare. "We feel these should be reversed, and hope this can be accomplished with reform."

Homecare turns out to be much more economical for the taxpayer. Homecare (home medical equipment and services as opposed to home nursing) is less than 2% of the total Medicare budget. Home oxygen costs Medicare just $7.62/day versus $5,920/day for a hospital stay, and $122/day for home IV antibiotics versus $5,920/day in the hospital.
Upstate HomeCare serves the greater Upstate New York area, with services spanning the age spectrum from infants to adults. All clinical staff members are licensed in their particular fields and are chosen for their relevant work experience, education and certifications, which qualify them to practice in this highly specialized environment.

Congressman Arcuri was inspired by the people with whom he spoke. "The ultimate goal of patient care should be to work towards providing a safe and caring environment for patients to rest and recover at home. The ability to receive quality care while staying in the home is such a great opportunity for so many and I appreciate the hardworking men and women at a place like Upstate HomeCare who afford patients that opportunity."

Upstate HomeCare was founded in 1985 by two respiratory therapists who still own and manage the business, with locations in Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Canandaigua and Buffalo. They have been serving patients and earning their trust for 25 years. All Upstate HomeCare services are carried out in accordance with Federal, State and local laws and established regulatory guidelines as dictated by the New York State Board of Pharmacy, New York State Department of Health, New York State Nurse Practice Act, Accreditation Commission for Healthcare, Inc., professional associations and established standards of care.

For more information please contact Gregory LoPresti, VP/Chief Operating Officer at 315-853-1280 ext. 1234 or visit upstatehomecare.com.

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