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COPD Webinar Series

Monday, August 27, 2018 @ 09:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

COPD Webinar Series | Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Wednesday, September 19, 12 – 1:00 p.m.
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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. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is one key element to successful treatment and care for patients with COPD. There are many options available throughout the state of Minnesota, and we will hear from one featured program at CentraCare St. Cloud. During the session, you will learn what pulmonary rehabilitation is, who benefits from it, and how it supports the family and friends of the person with COPD as well as the outcomes and benefits from the completion of a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Objectives
  • Learn what pulmonary rehabilitation is, who benefits from it, and how it supports the family and friends of the person with COPD.
  • Understand the outcomes and benefits of the completion of a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Audience
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.
Speaker
Jessica Oman, RT, St. Cloud Hospital.
Register
  1. Register.
  2. Enter the information as prompted.
  3. Click “Submit”.
  4. You will receive an email with the call and login information.
    Note: This email may go to your spam or junk folder.
Contact
If you have questions, contact Angela Pokharel, apokharel@mnhospitals.org.
Event listing.
Other Webinars in This Series
Webinar 1: COPD 101
Wednesday, May 22

Speaker: Cheryl Sasse, RRT, American Lung Association.
View the webinar recording.
Webinar 2: Home Oxygen Therapy
Wednesday, June 27

Speaker: Shelly Klein, LRT, CRT-NPS, Handi Medical.
View the webinar recording.
Webinar 3: Inpatient COPD Care: How Adherence to Evidence-Based Care Decreased Cost and Reduced Readmissions
Wednesday, July 25

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

Speaker: Jeff Rubins, MD, Hennepin Healthcare.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 07:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Grillin’ with Golden Technologies

Monday, August 6, 2018 @ 02:08 PM  posted by jbuytaert

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…