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Hurray the G6 is available … now how do I get it?

June 2018

Bill Curry, Owner

Candidates for the G6 come under one of four categories:

1. New user of a Dexcom CGM going forward. After 6/11/18 New users may elect to either get a G6 or G5. Medicare members cannot get a G6 at this time.

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The new Dexcom G6 CGM is almost here!

May 2018

Gerald Edwards, Business Development

Excitement is in the air! There are numerous consumers eager awaiting the full launch of the Dexcom G6 CGM. Distributers, suppliers, pharmacies, medical professionals etc… are answering daily calls as to when their mutual patients can receive the next generation CGM product. No, you’re not crazy if you hear or see someone using the new Dexcom G6 CGM. Please note with any new product line there is typically a limited release. Which allows trial recipients to test new product before larger distribution.

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A New Era in State Health Care Update

April 2018

Tom Walsh, COO

MassHealth recently sent out an update to assist in the recent health care insurance transition. On March 1, 2018, MassHealth launched its restructured delivery system through 17 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) across the state, with the goals of increasing members’ engagement in their health care, better integrating and coordinating care to meet our members’ diverse needs, and paying providers based on quality and outcomes.

In addition to ACOs, members can also choose from two Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and the MassHealth Primary Care Clinician (PCC) Plan. As a reminder, these changes apply to members under age 65 who have MassHealth as their primary insurance. MassHealth remains committed to ensuring that all members make a successful transition and is taking the following additional steps...

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CRT Bath Safety

March 2018

Derek Logan, PT ATP

In continuing our discussion CRT (Complex Rehabilitation Technology), any full time wheelchair user should be utilizing a custom configured seating system to ensure their maximal functionality, safety and comfort.

Unfortunately, the efforts and attention focused on client’s seating and mobility systems does not always transfer over to the “other seat” in the home even though these critical assessment findings are essential in the bathroom.

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A New Era in State Health Care Begins March 2018

February 2018

Tom Walsh, COO

The state of Massachusetts has entered a new phase in healthcare delivery to its MassHealth state Medicaid plan. As of March 1st, there will be 17 ACO health plans available. Why is the state doing this? 1 in 4 Massachusetts residents are on some form of MassHealth (1.3 million are cared for in the state’s managed care programs. Almost 40% of the entire state budget is spent on MassHealth funding.

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New Year, New Deductible?

January 2018

Tom Walsh, COO

In 2010, about 10 million consumers were enrolled in high deductible health plans (HDHP), and now there are almost double that amount. What is an HDHP? These plans require customers to pay their deductible amount before the insurance company will pay a portion of the cost. The average family deductible is now $3000/year.

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Using Your “Why” to Manage Diabetes During the Holidays

December 2017

By Scherrie Keating RN, BSN, CDE Founder Diabetes Kare Consulting, LLC

Let’s be honest, living with Diabetes is hard enough but now add in the holidays and all that goes along with it, you might be thinking, how am I going to stay on track with my Diabetes plan and still enjoy the season’s festivities. Some of you may even be considering giving yourself a little early holiday gift called a “diabetes vacation” and then buckling down after the New Year.

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Johnson and Johnson’s Animas Corporation Exits the Insulin Pump Business

November 2017

Gerald Edwards, Business Development Manager for Diabetes Management Division

Animas Corporation announced on Thursday October 5th that it plans to close operations, exit the insulin pump market and has pointed Medtronic as the Partner-of-Choice. An estimated 90,000 customers are to be affected as Animas discontinues the production of the Animas Vibe and OneTouch Ping insulin pumps. So… What does that mean for the Animas pump user?

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Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System has FDA approval in the United States

October 2017

Gerald Edwards, Business Development Manager for Diabetes Management Division

FDA approval for a new Blood Glucose Monitoring (BGM) system has the diabetes community celebrating. Abbott’s revolutionary device is called the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System and its goal is to eliminate the need for routine finger sticks / finger stick calibration.

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MANAGING DIABETES: CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORING

June 2017

Kathy Cuddy

Diabetes is a condition that requires constant monitoring of blood glucose levels to keep them within target levels and to limit the extreme highs or lows. A doctor can help determine a target range that is best for you, and develop a care plan to attain that goal.

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Is an Insulin Pump Right for You or your Loved One?

May 2017

Kathy Cuddy

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 29 million Americans’ living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with prediabetes. People with diabetes do not make enough insulin (type 1) or can’t use insulin properly (type 2).

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Wound Care and Prevention Part 2

April 2017

Kathy Cuddy

This is the second blog on wound care and prevention. Last month we covered the basics of wounds, the categories and the basics of dressings. This month we will expand on dressing options, as well as Negative Pressure Wound Therapy.

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Wound Care and Prevention

March 2017

Kathy Cuddy

Wound management is complex because of a variety of underlying causes (ie: diabetes, venous insufficiency, trauma) may need treatment in addition to the wound itself. Chronic wounds can take a long period of time to heal, degrading the client’s quality of life and add to the burden of the global health care system.

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Caretailing: A new term for the Home Medical Equipment Consumer and Provider

February 2017

Thomas Walsh, COO

I recently read a few articles from HME News and The VGM Group regarding how the HME industry can assist not only in traditional DME rental and sales via third party insurance and reimbursement to also helping their clients with non-covered retail products to assist with their overall satisfaction and aides in the clients’ faster recovery or provide a better quality of life.

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What is Sleep Hygiene and Why is it so Important for Everyone, Especially those of us with Sleep Apnea.

January 2017

By Thomas Walsh, COO

After reading an article on Sleep hygiene, I was amazed at how many things I was doing or not doing that was detrimental to a good night sleep. First of all, who knew sleep hygiene was a thing? Not I. Granted some items on the list are common sense, but in this hectic, fast paced world we all live in now, it’s easy to allow for less than optimal sleeping patterns on a weekly basis.


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Power Mobility Devices

December 2016

By Derek Logan PT, ATP

Welcome to the world of complex rehab technology (and in particular, power mobility devices)! An expanding world where technology exists to aid members of our society with the most debilitating of physical challenges. Sadly, the complexity of the technology is matched by the process required to secure health insurance coverage. The information in this piece is intended to provide an element of clarity with the types of power mobility devices available and how insurance coverage is ultimately determined..

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Let’s talk diabetic shoes….

November 2016

By Teri Robertson, Certified Diabetic Shoe Fitter, New England Home Medical Equipment

Did you know…..

… that people with diabetes and neuropathy could be entitled to one pair of diabetic shoes, per year? Medicare Part B may cover 80% of the cost of the diabetic shoes, when specific requirements are met. And, if there is a secondary Insurance, the secondary may pick up the remaining 20%. Some other insurance programs also participate in a coverage of yearly diabetic shoes as well.

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WHEN A WHEELCHAIR IS NOT A WHEELCHAIR

October 2016

By Derek Logan PT, ATP

Stop for a moment and imagine in your mind’s eye a wheelchair. Are you envisioning something typically found in the lobby of a hospital or front entrance of a grocery store; or perhaps being used to transport someone to their gate at the airport? More likely than not, it’s what you remember a loved one struggling to use in a nursing home setting.

What you’ve identified is undoubtedly a low cost, low featured, standard manual wheelchair. This style or classification of chair offers no adjustability, customization or accessories; and is available in only very limited sizes. Constructed of steel, they weight between 36 and 45 pounds. These chairs are intended for basic self-propelled manual mobility for only short periods of time. They are typically prescribed for use during recovery from surgical events when safe and functional ambulation is contraindicated. The user would not have other significant medical or physical disabilities, and the use be of short duration.

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WHY IS COMPRESSION THERAPY RECOMMENDED BY PHYSICIANS?

September 2016

By Teri Robertson, Retail Manager

There are benefits of compression garments for many populations, not just for seniors! First, why compression and when is compression therapy recommended….

SITTING
Sitting for 90 minutes or more can cause blood flow below the knees to decrease by 50%, significantly increasing the chance of blood clots and reducing the amount of freshly oxygenated blood to reach your legs.

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A New Frontier in the Healthcare Reform Era: Post Acute Care is the Wild West.

August 2016

By Thomas Walsh, COO

The winds of change are blowing swiftly from Capitol Hill directly in the face of the healthcare industry. Post acute care needs to understand this is not a short lived gust but a far reaching extended “trade winds.” Providers will be developing their strategies to capture as much market share, improve their patient outcomes, and reduce their costs. Their bottom line is tied to performance in a way that has never been experienced previously. Providers need to educate themselves to all things related to the governments’ initiative called “The Triple Aim.” Defined as: Triple Aim for PopulationsApplying integrated approaches to simultaneously improve care, improve population health, and reduce costs per capita.

Why is there Healthcare Reform, what’s the driving force?

Answer:

10,000 baby boomers turning 65 EACH DAY

1 in 3 adults (100MM Americans) have a lifetime risk of diabetes- Medical claims 6xs higher than the average.

30-40% of Medicare dollars spent in last 6 months of life-150+ Billion

15 MM+ new Medicaid beneficiaries

Over the age of 56 most patients have 2 co-morbidities i.e. - Cardiac/Diabetic

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