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The Medicare Gap

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Is Medicare wasting healthcare dollars by requiring people to get treatments in hospitals and nursing homes?
Air Date: 1/7/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Russ Bodoff
Russ Bodoff has been Executive Director of The National Home Infusion Association since February 2007.

Bodoff has nearly 25 years of experience in all aspects of association management, business development and advocacy. Since 2002 he served as Vice President of Technology & Business Development for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

Prior to AAHSA, Bodoff was briefly Executive Vice President of CLICKIQ.com, an Internet marketing services company, where we has responsible for business development, sales and marketing, and partner relationships. At the National Council of Better Business Bureaus from 1993-2000, he led initiatives to increase membership and enhance the Council's visibility, including BBBOnLine, a consumer protection and Internet privacy trustmark with over 35,000 businesses participating.

At the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) from 1981-1993, he advanced to Vice President of External Relations, directing membership, business development, public relations, and marketing. Bodoff has a BS in Communications from Temple University and an MA in Education from New York University.

The National Home Infusion Association, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a trade association that represents and advances the interests of organizations and individuals that provide infusion and specialized pharmacy products and services to the entire spectrum of home-based patients. NHIA's mission is to support its members in providing cost-effective, quality, alternate site infusion products and services through education, information, networking, and advocacy.
The Medicare Gap
Most Medicare patients cannot afford to pay out of pocket, so they are forced into extended stays in hospitals or daily visits to outpatient clinics. Is Medicare jeopardizing the wellbeing of the people the program was designed to protect?

Russ Bodoff, president of the National Home Infusion Association, explains how the Association has taken the initiative by introducing legislation to provide additional coverage for home infusion services.
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