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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 07:05 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Clinicians speak out on bid program

Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:05 PM  posted by jbuytaert
by: HME News Staff
- Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – People for Quality Care, the advocacy arm of The VGM Group, has released a video featuring damning testimony from clinicians on Medicare’s competitive bidding program. The clinicians provided the testimony at an annual conference recently hosted by Handi Medical Supply in Saint Paul, Minn. “Our goal is to empower the industry with the tools needed to continue the fight as we work together toward relief,” said Kelly Turner, executive director of PFQC. “This video reinforces the message shared by the industry and other stakeholders that the program is harming the very people it’s designed to protect and is in desperate need of reform.” Clinicians say the faulty program, combined with unsustainable reimbursement rates, has resulted in preventable hospital readmissions and reduced options. It has also resulted in patients either going without equipment or supplies, or paying for them out of pocket. “It may be great for Medicare; it’s not great for the patient,” says one clinician, who has been coordinating care for 45 years. “It is the worse thing that I’ve seen in my entire life.” PFQC encourages providers to share the video as part of their lobbying efforts.

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Independent Living Civic Engagement Program

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 @ 12:05 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living is starting a new Civic Engagement Program.

It is based on a Kansas University Curriculum that covers the topics of leadership, partnerships and coalitions, advocacy, and policy development. It also focuses on helping individuals explore their interests and get involved in their communities. The program is intended for individuals with disabilities over the age 18 and/or parents of individuals with disabilities. After a great deal of planning, the program is coming to fruition. We just finished the class section of our first session, and it has been energizing to see the impact and growth of the program. The participants have been engaged in learning and discussion with one another.

One participant said,

The MCIL Civic Engagement class was a great experience. The class showed me that I can make a difference in my community. As a person with a disability many things in society remind us of what we can’t do, and this class was a great example of what we can do. We learned about different people with disabilities such as Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann, who changed the face of disability as we know it. I feel inspired knowing that there are other people with disabilities trying to make the world a better place for those of us who are less fortunate than the able community.

They have the dates set for our next three cohorts of the Civic Engagement Program!

Classes will be held on

  • Fridays,  May 5th-June 2nd at 1-3 pm
  • Tuesdays, July 11th-August 8th at 9:30-11:30 am
  • Wednesdays, August 23rd-September 20th at 1-3 pm

Sessions will be in the classroom at MCIL (530 Robert Street North, in downtown St. Paul).

After the initial 4-5 weeks of curriculum focused time, there will be opportunities for one-to-ones and connecting with community engagement opportunities related to your interests. As always, this is a FREE class! We focus on what is important to the participants.