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ConvaTec introduces enchanced Esteem and Natura + pouch lines

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 06:08 AM  posted by jbuytaert

So you can focus on living your life, not your ostomy.

ConvaTec Ostomy Care Solutions are first and foremost about meeting the needs of people with a stoma. Our new + pouches were designed with feedback from over 1,000 nurses and 400 patients and each product has been refined to help maximize performance for comfort, discretion and security.

Items can be purchased at

CRT Awareness Week – August 10-14

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 12:08 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Handi Medical Supply team members reach milestone years of service

Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 07:07 AM  posted by jbuytaert

I would like to acknowledge the recipients of our Handi Medical Milestone Years of Service Awards.  As I look at this list, I’m reminded of the importance of creating and sustaining a culture of Trust, Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.  This group embodies the traits that we value as a company.  The same can be said for our entire Handi family.  Company values are most effective when they’re authentic.  It’s one thing to write your values on a wall, but living those values in your day-to-day interactions is much harder.

Handi’s success and reputation were built from the foundation of core values that Mary and Shann Benhardus created 32 years ago.  I just had a conversation with a company that wants to do business with us because of our heritage and strong culture.  It is clear that at Handi, we live our values and it shows.

5 years- Alex Banaszewski, Estee Rippel, Ilany Lopez, Kay Webber, Kristin Seline, Mark Oelke, Sabrina Newson

10 years - Nancy Petrun, Sheldon Anderson

15 years - Jenni Jacobson, Laurie Tomaszewski

20 years- Jeremy Nauss

30 years - Shann Benhardus

From Troy Keach, CEO

July 15, 2020
Courtesy of MAMES, 651-351-5395/

St. Paul, Minnesota — People who rely on Minnesota Medical Assistance who need home medical equipment and supplies, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, incontinence and other medical supplies, may experience access issues should Minnesota Health and Human Services (HHS) proceed with two proposals included in the draft Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health and Human Services.

Two (2) of the nine (9) Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) proposals under “Cost Savings Strategies: Health Care,” directly impact providers of Durable Medical Equipment (DME), also known as home medical equipment (HME) and medical supplies:

  1. VOLUME PURCHASING DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: expands the use of volume purchasing to additional types of DME products, including enteral nutrition, wound care supplies, and standard wheelchairs and walkers.
  2. MODIFY CERTAIN MEDICAL ASSISTANCE DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PAYMENT RATES TO MATCH MEDICARE RATES. Modifies Medical Assistance fee-for-service payment rates for select DME and supplies.

MAMES opposes the strategies for the following reasons:

Both proposals will not produce the amount of savings HHS expects to see without having an impact on access to HME and medical supplies for the population needing these items.

  • Per BRC reports1, spending on DME and supplies constitutes less than 3 percent of Medicaid fee-for service budget.
  • Medicaid currently has volume purchasing for oxygen, hearing aids and diabetic test strips. These items are vastly different from the other equipment and medical supplies they are proposing to volume purchase.
    • Most items listed, like wheelchairs and walkers, are already set by a volume purchase program — Medicare’s competitive bid program (CBP).
      • That CBP pricing established the upper payment limit for Medicaid federal cost sharing for those items addressed by the 21st Century Cures Act.  In legislation passed in 2019, Minnesota Medicaid already reduced payment rates on those items to Medicare rates, including walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds and other common DME items.
      • DME providers would not go below what is already the lowest fee schedule for those items included in the Medicare CBP.
      • Enteral nutrition, which had been included in the initial rounds of Medicare competitive bidding, was specifically excluded for the 21st Century Cures Act upper payment limit, presumably because the enteral food prices that had resulted from the competitive bid process, caused significant access issues for Medicare patients who needed enteral nutrition.
      • As indicated in the BRC Report, in 2017, the legislature directed DHS to volume purchase adult incontinence products. During implementation DHS was sued and subsequently in 2019 the legislature prohibited DHS from volume purchasing adult incontinence products because of the impact it would have on the disability and beneficiary community not to mention the providers of HME and medical supplies.

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Compression Garments and COVID-19

Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 08:07 AM  posted by jbuytaert

During the COVID-10 pandemic, questions have come about as to the safety of wearing compression garments. Below are some questions and answers from Medi USA.

it possible to become infected via textiles with COVID-19?

Corona viruses only survive through human host cells, for example in the lungs. The international umbrella organization of the textile care CINET clarifies that the corona virus only has a life cycle of about 20 minutes outside host cells. This means for the textile dispatch and also for the handling of textiles (if common hygiene standards are adhered to) no transmission of the viruses can take place through them if the time period is longer than that, which should mostly be the case.

Should I spray disinfectant on my flat-knitted compression stockings?

Unfortunately, the knitted fabric suffers from the use of disinfectants. Wash your compression garments in the washing machine according to instructions. It is best to use a laundry net to protect the compression stockings from zippers or other risks.

Is there anything I need to consider when washing my compression stockings at this time?

Detergent – not high temperatures – is key. According to experts, detergent (or soap) would “dissolve” the outer virus shell and kill the virus. Even low temperatures are sufficient. The decisive factor is not heat, but detergent explains the Austrian Agency for Heath and Food Safety (Ages) on its website. The detergent thus leads to the reliable “dying” of the virus. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the enveloped viruses and is therefore very sensitive to environmental influences.