An infusion clinic is a medical center that offers infusion therapy that comprises a number of intravenous treatments for conditions, such as cancer and arthritis. Infusion clinics allow patients to undergo treatment without having to be admitted to hospital on a regular basis.
While infusion therapy often means intravenous treatment — applying medication directly into the blood stream through a drip — infusion clinic treatment can also include other forms of direct application medications, such as injections into affected muscle tissue.
Infusion clinics are able to treat less serious conditions in addition to major diseases. Pain treatment for migraines are one example, and clinics can also provide infusion treatments for dehydration, as well as administer antibiotics.
Infusion therapy can also be received in the home and administered by a state-licensed infusion therapy provider, according to the National Home Infusion Association, or NHIA. These providers are normally local pharmacies or drug dispensers. Home-based infusion therapy cannot be carried out without a prescription from a qualified physician.
Medicare can cover infusion clinics, but it is the only major health insurance plan that does not cover any home-based infusion therapy providers. In January 2015, Senators Mark Warner and Johnny Isakson introduced The Medicare Infusion Site of Care Act of 2015 bill to Congress. The bill would allow Medicare patients to receive home-based infusion therapy at no extra cost.