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Archive for July, 2012

According to HME NEWS:

NewsPoll: What’s the value of a local presence?

By: Elizabeth Deprey

Friday, July 27, 2012

YARMOUTH, Maine – Eighty-seven percent of providers who responded to a recent HME NewsPoll reported that competitive bidding has de-emphasized the importance of having a local presence.

That’s bad news for patients and referral sources, who, an overwhelming majority of providers say, value a local presence.

“Patients want to have someone in their community who cares,” says John Kamsickas, an ATP at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Home Health Depot.

Lincare’s CEO announced recently that the company plans to reduce its number of locations by “100 or so” because, under competitive bidding, “you don’t need to be as local as in the past.” Read more

CMS (Medicare) Competitive Bidding Flawed

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 09:07 AM  posted by jbuytaert

According to Home Care newsletter:

PASADENA, Calif., June 1, 2012—Auction experts at the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have published an academic paper concluding that Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program is based upon a flawed design that will be difficult to fix.

In a paper published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Brian Merlob, Charles R. Plott and Yuanjun Zhang of Caltech reported that experiments with auction models demonstrated that competitive bidding “is not a good auction.’’

“The results reveal the existence and severity of its architectural flaws … and that the CMS auction cannot be easily fixed,’’ the study said. Read more

Educate Yourself Before You Medicate

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 09:07 AM  posted by jbuytaert

As a healthcare professional I’m aware of medications and know what to ask when I’m prescribed something new. I saw this list and it had a couple of items I hadn’t thought about. I thought I would be good to share with all of you!

What I Need to Know About Each Medicine That I Take

  • What is the name of each medicine (brand name and generic name)?
  • What is it used to treat?
  • What time should I take it?
  • How much of it should I take each time?
  • How should I take it? – with food or water?        
  • How long should I take it?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • What if I over-dose?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • What should I do if I have any side effects?
  • Is it safe to take with other medicine that I am taking, including over-the-counter medicine, vitamins or herbals?
  • What food, drink or activities should I avoid when I’m taking this medication?
  • How should I store this drug?

Laurie Tomaszewski, LRT, CRT-NPS, Marketing Manager, Handi Medical Supply

Help Assure Consumer Access to Complex Rehab Technology

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 06:07 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to create a Separate Benefit Category for Complex Rehab Technology to protect and improve access to these important products and services for people with significant functional and physical limitations. Congressman Joseph Crowley of New York, along with a number of Republican and Democratic co-sponsors, have introduced H.R. 4378, “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Act of 2012″.

Click Here to Sign the On-line Petition in Support of H.R. 4378

Safest Automatic Wheelchair Brakes

Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 10:07 AM  posted by jbuytaert

The Service Technicians at Handi Medical Supply have found these are the best automatic wheelchair brakes if anyone needs to add them to a manual wheelchair.

 http://www.saferwheelchairs.com/