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Legislators join a growing coalition of citizens and advocates working to prevent the enforcement of the Department of Human Services’ (DHS’s) monopoly Preferred Incontinence Product Program (PIPP) procurement.
(SAINT PAUL, MN) – Today, members of the Minnesota legislature wrote a letter in support of MAMES’s petition, which requests that the Commissioner of Human Services to initiate a Rule making before the Office of Administrative Hearings. These legislators include Senators Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis), John Hoffman, (DFL- Champlin), Scott Jensen (R-Chaska), Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), and Carla Nelson (R-Rochester), and Representatives Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) Roz Peterson (R-Lakeville) and Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River). The PIPP is opposed by disability advocates, providers, legislative leaders in both parties, and Governor Dayton. Repeal language was included in the 2018 Supplemental Budget Bill, which Governor Dayton vetoed in May.
As currently being implemented by DHS, the PIPP would designate a single monopoly distributor of medically-necessary incontinence products to Minnesota Medicaid patients. The legal petition alleges that this program structure constitutes “the enforcement of an invalid, unpromulgated rule”, as the enabling legislation requires the DHS Commissioner to “volume purchase incontinence products”, not designate a monopoly distributor.
“The Preferred Incontinence Product Program has been a mess from the start” said Senator Michelle Benson, Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee. “That’s why I worked with colleagues in both parties to co-author legislation to repeal the program. We know that incontinence issues are the number one reason for hospitalization for seniors: this short-cited initiative will almost certainly cost more in the long run than it saves. I call on the Governor to support this petition, and give the legislature the opportunity to fix this once and for in 2019.”
“I am proud to stand with healthcare and disability advocates, as well as my colleagues in both parties, to support this petition,” said Sen. John Hoffman, (DFL- Champlin). “I look forward to working with Governor Dayton to protect the thousands of Minnesotans that rely upon the incontinence program to maintain their active lifestyles.”
The PIPP was hastily enacted without public input during the 2017 Special Session, and immediately attracted opposition from healthcare and disability advocates. The petition was filed with an Administrative Law Judge. DHS has 60 days to respond to the petition.

Ms. Melander-Smith joins a growing coalition of legislators, advocates, providers, caregivers, and patients working to prevent the award of the Department of Human Services’ (DHS’s) monopoly Preferred Incontinence Product Program procurement

(SAINT PAUL, MN) – Ms. Wheelchair America, Sheri Melander-Smith of Chanhassen, Minnesota, today filed an official protest against DHS’s Preferred Incontinence Product Program (PIPP), which would award a single company a monopoly on distributing medically-necessary incontinence products to Minnesota Medicaid patients. The PIPP is opposed by disability advocates, providers, legislative leaders in both parties, and Governor Dayton.

“If DHS succeeds in giving a single corporation a monopoly, the health and dignity of Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens will be put at risk. Patients will have reduced access to high-quality incontinence products, while costs will likely go up,” said Melander-Smith. “I’m proud to join with the disability community in the fight against this unnecessary and dangerous program that puts patients at risk.”

The PIPP would designate a single monopoly distributor of medically-necessary incontinence products to Minnesota Medicaid patients. Ms. Melander-Smith’s protest further details the potential harm of the program to the disability community, including Minnesotans like her.

Ms. Melander-Smith also signed onto a legal petition requesting that DHS initiate an official rulemaking process before the Office of Administrative Hearings. A bipartisan group of 10 Minnesota legislators recently signed a letter of support for the petition. The petition was filed with an Administrative Law Judge, who has 30 days to respond and determine whether to require a formal rulemaking process. Continue Reading…

Enriching Lives: Robbi Haase

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 09:06 AM  posted by jbuytaert

I had a customer call in regards to a balance owed after receiving a chair from Handi Medical. After we were done discussing his balance owed, he asked it I knew who Robbi Haase was. I told him that I did. He said that she was fantastic! His exact words were “she did good on my chair and everything is exactly as I wanted it.”

This gentleman had nothing but wonderful things to say about Robbi and Handi Medical Supply. Clearly Robbi was very involved with this gentleman and worked with him while choosing the proper chair for him. I know that he was very thankful for the services that we provided, and I really felt like you could literally hear him smiling through the phone. Thank you Robbi for the great services you provide.

COPD Webinar Series – Home Oxygen Therapy

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 02:06 PM  posted by jbuytaert
COPD Webinar Series | Home Oxygen Therapy
Wednesday, June 27, 12 – 1:00 p.m.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the top diagnoses involved with readmissions throughout Minnesota. Lake Superior QIN, Minnesota Hospital Association, and the American Lung Association Minnesota Chapter are partnering to provide a webinar series to inform providers across the continuum of care in support of patients with COPD. This second webinar in the series will focus on the critical use of oxygen therapy for COPD patients.
Health care professionals interested in improving chronic obstructive pulmonary disease care including, but not limited to: nurses, COPD program coordinators, program medical directors, quality improvement personnel.
Shelly Klein, LRT, CRT-NPS, Handi Medical
  1. Click here to register.
  2. Enter the information as prompted.
  3. Click “Submit”.
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If you have questions, contact Angela Pokharel,
Other Webinars in This Series
Webinar 1: COPD 101
Wednesday, May 22

Speaker: Cheryl Sasse, RRT, American Lung Association.
Recording available here.
Webinar 3: Inpatient COPD Care: How Adherence to Evidence-Based Care Decreased Cost and Reduced Readmissions
Wednesday, July 25, 12 – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Becky Anderson, RRT, Sanford Medical Center, Fargo.
Webinar 4: Care in Advanced COPD: Prognosis, Planning, and Palliation
Wednesday, August 29, 12 – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Jeff Rubins, MD, Hennepin Healthcare.

Stratis Health is a nonprofit organization that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and safety, and serves as a trusted expert in facilitating improvement for people and communities.
Stratis Health represents Minnesota in Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network serving Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Improvement Organization Program.

COPD Coalition’s Virtual Member Meeting – 6/25/18

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 08:06 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Please join us on Monday, June 25th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern for the U.S. COPD Coalition’s Virtual Member Meeting and webinar, where home oxygen will be the focus.

We are fortunate to host members of Medicare’s Provider Compliance Group who will provide an overview of its project to increase documentation compliance. Improved documentation compliance will offer further assurance that the prescription for, and selection of, supplemental oxygen systems is more tailored to each patient’s needs, from both clinical and lifestyle standpoints.

Guest speakers include:

  • Connie Leonard, Acting Director, Provider Compliance Group, Center for Program Integrity (CPI), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Kevin Young, Senior Technical Advisor , Provider Compliance Group, CPI, CMS
  • Dr. Mark Pilley, Medical Director, Documentation Compliance Contractor (DCC), StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC
  • Robert Dieterle, Clinical Templates Subject Matter Expert, Documentation Compliance Contractor (DCC), CEO EnableCare, LLC

Coalition staff and Board members will be available to discuss recent updates on policy issues, the COPD National Action Plan and more.

Admission is free and open to all.  Help spread the word by sharing this email.

Please join the webinar by following this link:

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Webinar ID: 393-206-283

You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered.  We look forward to having you join us!