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Handi Medical Supply now carries the AffloVest

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 02:01 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Minnesota Medicare Update: New year, Increased Medicare Costs

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 01:01 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Courtesy of Minnesota Senior Linkage Line

With the new year comes increased costs for people with Medicare. A summary of some of the costs for 2021 follows:

Reminder: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

Don’t forget, if you are a Medicare beneficiary who began the new year enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have another open enrollment period available to you from January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021. Those currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans can change plans or return to Original Medicare and purchase a separate Medicare Part D plan.

If you make a plan change, it will take effect the following month. So, if you make changes in February, they will take effect on March 1, etc. There is no health screening required if you enroll in a different Medicare Advantage Plan or return to Original Medicare. If you have questions or need enrollment help, call the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433. Continue Reading…

URVEY: COVID-19 HURT CARE ACCESS FOR COPD PATIENTS

Friday, December 4, 2020 @ 08:12 AM  posted by jbuytaert

More than 70 percent of COPD patients have needed to seek emergency care during COVID-19 so far, but roughly one in four of those patients opted not to go. There are different ways how retailers can improve their supply chains to help them weather the pandemic, for example Kanban Supply Chain.

More than 70 percent of COPD patients have needed to seek emergency care during COVID-19, but roughly one in four of them opted not to go, according to a survey from respiratory equipment maker Philips.

The survey covered more than 4,000 adults in China, India, Russia and the United States, and also found that 58 percent of patients described managing their COPD during the pandemic as “completely overwhelming.”

Other findings:

  • 56 percent of COPD patients report that COVID-19 has made it difficult for them to get treatment.
  • 68 percent of COPD patients report they worry much more than they used to about their chronic condition because of the pandemic.
  • 79 percent of informal caregivers of a COPD patient say the pandemic has impacted the amount of care they provide, with 41 percent report giving more care.
  • 90 percent of COPD patients are trying to improve their respiratory health.

The survey also showed that while COVID-19 created difficulty for COPD patients, it also raised awareness for the condition.

“Due to the nature of the COVID-19 virus, respiratory health has become a daily conversation across the globe,” said Huiling Zhang, Head of Medical Office for Connected Care at Philips. “Despite impacting millions of people around the world, COPD isn’t talked about as often as other chronic conditions like heart disease.

“We conducted this survey to shed light on the unique burdens and stresses that COPD patients face every day, intensified during this time,” he continued. “The survey results show that more than ever, respiratory health – and taking action to improve it – is a priority, but that the impacts of the pandemic have been especially felt by the COPD community, whom we work so hard to support with our respiratory solutions.”

In terms of increased awareness, the survey showed that nearly three in five people reported being more familiar with COPD since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, 52 percent of respondents reported being familiar with COPD, while since the pandemic, the number has risen to 72 percent. Philips noted that the increase might be linked to the increased education around respiratory illnesses due to COVID-19.

For more survey findings and data, visit Philips.com/WorldCOPDDay.

Keep it Clean: Why Proper CPAP Use Matters During Flu Season

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 08:12 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Are‌ ‌Chronic‌ ‌Wounds‌ ‌a‌ ‌Growing‌ ‌Problem?‌

Monday, November 30, 2020 @ 10:11 AM  posted by jbuytaert
Courtesy of Communal News, 10/7/20:
  • Chronic wounds are wounds which have failed to proceed through an orderly and timely reparative process, usually within a period of 3 months.
  • The Wound Healing Society (WHS) notes that chronic wounds affect an estimated 1 to 2% of the population.
  • As people age, wound closure becomes more difficult.

Chronic wounds aren’t something most people have to think about, although those that do know how difficult they can be. With health complications on the rise, we must ask ourselves as healthcare professionals: are chronic wounds a growing problem in our world? Continue Reading…