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Incontinence needs no longer at risk; state drops program

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 @ 10:09 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Courtesy of Access Press
by  // September 8th, 2018

Minnesotans with disabilities who rely on incontinence products can continue to choose items that best meet their needs. A controversial medical supply program that was to start September 1 was dropped by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). The decision to drop the Medicaid PreferredIncontinence Products Program was made just before a temporary restraining order was issued against the program August 24.

The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services and Supplies (MAMES) took DHS and DHS Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper to court to stop the program. MAMES’ intent was to prevent DHS from granting bids to a supplier or suppliers. A hearing was held before Ramsey County District Court Judge Leonardo Castro August 16 in St. Paul, with more than two dozen people looking on. After listening to both sides and asking a number of procedural and technical questions about the proposed state program, how the program was created and the
program’s potential impacts, Castro took the matter under advisement before issuing his ruling.

“DHS decided to pull back the request for proposals before the court acted,” Piper said in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring that Medicaid enrollees receive high-quality products and that state funds are used responsibly as we comply with the legislative mandate to purchase incontinence products in bulk.” While there is satisfaction with the outcome, medical supply companies and disability advocates around Minnesota are still unhappy with the entire process. “MAMES members are grateful that the court issued the injunction, but are extremely frustrated that the (Department of Human Services) forced the provider and disability communities to spend so much time, energy and money fighting this ill-conceived program,” said Tom Jamison, president of Lake
Superior Medical Equipment, Inc. in Duluth. Jamison chairs the MAMES Legislative Committee. Continue Reading…

Medical Oxygen Safety

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 @ 01:09 PM  posted by jbuytaert

MAMES Wins Temporary Restraining Order

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 @ 01:09 PM  posted by jbuytaert


Contact: Luke Hellier 612.237.2551

Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) Wins Temporary Restraining Order Against Department of Human Services’ Preferred Incontinence Product Program

Department of Human Services (DHS) forced to abandon controversial program to award a monopoly distributor of incontinence products for Minnesota Medicaid patients.

(SAINT PAUL, MN) – On August 24, 2018 Ramsey County District Court Judge Leonardo Castro granted a Temporary Restraining Order preventing DHS from implementing its Preferred Incontinence Product Program (PIPP). After DHS was served with the Order, it rejected all pending bids, thereby effectively withdrawing its controversial PIPP program for the immediate future.  The PIPP was opposed by disability advocates, providers of medical supplies and equipment, legislative leaders in both parties, and Governor Dayton. Repeal language was included in the 2018 Supplemental Budget Bill, but that repeal did not take effect because it was included in the vetoed Omnibus Bill.

As envisioned by DHS, the PIPP would have designated a single monopoly distributor of medically-necessary incontinence products to Minnesota Medicaid patients. In his opinion, Judge Castro ruled that “Defendants and its employees and agents are temporarily restrained from processing any bids submitted in response to their Preferred Incontinence Product Program, Request for Proposals (RFPs), from granting any contracts to any bidder, or otherwise implementing” the PIPP until DHS satisfied several conditions imposed by the Court or until further order.

“This program posed a mortal risk to dozens of Minnesota small businesses, and the patients they serve,” said Rose Schafhauser, MAMES’s Executive Director. “14,000 Minnesotans rely upon the incontinence benefit to maintain their independence. Without high-quality products that fit well, many patients are afraid to leave their homes. I’m glad that MAMES members will continue to be able to work with their patients to manage their disease states and help them live their lives to the fullest.” Continue Reading…

The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 07:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Hello Wound Care Connection!  For those of you who have patients with ostomies, this new tool is AWESOME!!! They can click the link and trouble shoot their common skin problems with instruction for management.  Take a look!!

The Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide for Consumers is an online tool that provides basic guidance for people living with an ostomy. It is designed to help identify common skin problems, provide next steps for care or management and appropriately refer individuals to seek care or support from a WOC nurse or a NSWOC for additional support.


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.
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.
  • 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.
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.
Jessica Oman, RT, St. Cloud Hospital.
  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.
If you have questions, contact Angela Pokharel,
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.