Ventilator-Assisted Living©

Summer 2008, Vol. 22, No. 2

ISSN 1066-534X

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Read selected articles ...cover of this issue of Ventilator-Assisted Living

The Fight for Home Care Ventilation in Brazil confirms that securing the breathing equipment and service to assist people with a neuromuscular condition to live at home is a universal battle.

Marcelo Dessen Padilha de Oliveira describes Living with a Ventilator in Brazil and acknowledges the importance of health care professional “champions” in winning the fight.

Ventilator users – Maryze Schoneveld van der Linde and Luke Garrett report on a Pompe Disease Treatment that has accounted for some improvement in their quality of life.

Meet Mark Siegel in A Life Less Ordinary as he reminisces about his decision to be trached two decades ago.

My Favorite Mask: FlexiFit™ 407 by Gladys Swensrud is the first in a series. Have a favorite mask? Contact IVUN (

Competitive Bidding: What It May Mean for You
In an attempt to cut Medicare spending, the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act passed “competitive bidding.” The implementation of competitive bidding begins July 1, 2008 in some areas. Review the issue and contact your Congressperson immediately to delay the start of a plan that most likely will result in less service from home healthcare companies.

Congress enacted H.R. 6331 Bill Summary the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, over the objection of the President. By approving the legislation, Congress agreed to delay competitive bidding in order to allow some critical process reforms, quality improvements, and other reforms to the bidding program and HME policy.

Check out the newest equipment From Around the Network and advise Ines Gaudet on your methods for curtailing bacterial infections.

IVUN and PHI announce the 10th International Conference, update the network on The Research Fund, and thank the sponsors of International Ventilator Users Network.



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