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Storage Times/Temperatures for Adult Nutritional Products

Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 09:07 AM  posted by jbuytaert

From Abbott Nutrition:

Temperature Guidelines

Our general recommended storage temperatures are between 32 and 95 degrees F. The most desirable temperature range for storage is between 55 degrees F and 75 degrees F. Prolonged exposure to temperatures below 32 degrees F or to direct heat above 95 degrees F could affect the physical consistency of the product. While the product within the sealed can is commercially sterile and of sound nutritional quality, a change in the consistency of the product could temporarily affect the appearance, flavor, and other sensory attributes. We therefore do not recommend use of product exposed to adverse temperatures. Storage Times This information provides direction to help maintain the quality of Abbott Nutrition medical nutritional products. Users should clean the tops of containers thoroughly before opening them, and product should be covered once it is opened.

Once product is opened, use or refrigerate within 4 hours. Discard refrigerated product after 48 hours.

It is best to serve only what will be consumed in an hour. To serve only a portion of a container, pour desired amount into a separate container. Cover, refrigerate, and use remaining product within 48 hours.

Drinking from the container or through a straw exposes product to significant amounts of oral bacteria. When product is to be consumed directly from the container or through a straw, refrigerate or discard remaining product within 1 hour. Consume the refrigerated product within 24 hours.

For RTH products, follow Instructions for Use on the RTH carton.

For powder products, follow instructions for use and storage on the product label.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 02:07 PM  posted by jbuytaert

General Provisions
Starting July 1, 2017, Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) recipients are required to have a face-to-face encounter with a physician and certain authorized non-physician practitioners before ordering certain medical equipment, appliances and supplies within six months before the start of service (initial dispensing date).

  • Non-physician practitioners including a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or physician assistant are authorized to conduct face-to-face encounters.
  • Nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists are required to work in collaboration with a physician.
  • Physician assistants are required to work under the supervision of the physician.
  • Only DME items subject to the face-to-face rule by Medicare are subject to the rule by MHCP. A list of items subject to the face-to-face rule may be found in the DME List of Specified Covered Items (PDF).
  • Face-to-face encounters may occur through Telehealth. See Telemedicine for more information.
  • The rule applies to managed care effective January 1, 2018, in order to align managed care and fee-for-service.

Exclusions: nurse midwives, audiologists and podiatrists

Face-to-Face Documentation

  • Providers must maintain written or electronic documentation of face-to face encounters on file and available to DHS upon request. Documentation must include:
  • The identity of the physician or non-physician practitioner who conducted the face-to-face encounter. Non-physician practitioners are authorized to complete the documentation requirements with a signature from the ordering physician included in the documentation.
  • The date of the face-to-face encounter.
  • The specific diagnosis or medical condition that was the reason for the face-to-face encounter and ordered service.
  • Documentation of face-to-face encounters by the physician or non-physician practitioner may be included in clinical and progress notes and discharge summaries.
  • Documentation for the medical supplier’s records may be copies of physician notes, documentation of a phone call to confirm the face-to-face, or a written summary from the physician. All forms of documentation must include the identity of the physician or non-physician practitioner who completed the face-to-face encounter, the date of the face-to-face encounter, and the specific diagnosis or medical condition that was the reason for the face-to-face encounter and ordered service.

Ongoing Services

Ongoing services are not subject to the face-to-face rule. A face-to-face encounter is only required for new medical equipment, supplies or appliances.

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Friday, July 7, 2017 @ 01:07 PM  posted by jbuytaert