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Archive for August, 2012

KHS Thanks and Salutes Seniors

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day, a day created in 1988 to show our gratitude to seniors for their achievements and contributions to society. KHS wants to give our older US citizens our sincerest thanks and a heartfelt salute.

 

Senior Citizens Day is a day to:

  • Spend time with seniors
  • Show our appreciation
  • Volunteer to help the elderly

Spending time with seniors gives them valuable companionship and lets them know they are cherished. We can learn about their hobbies and share the details of our favorite activities with them. Perhaps you will uncover a common interest! They will appreciate us showing interest in their lives. 

 

We can show our appreciation for seniors close to us through a phone call, a visit or a card. Visiting a senior center, assisted living facility, retirement home or nursing home can reach many seniors and help create new friendships.  Sharing fresh flowers and/or vegetables from your garden can really make a senior happy.

On this August 21st, National Senior Citizens Day, we recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of older people to our homes, our families and our society. THANK YOU!

Medicare Beneficiaries: “Competitive Bidding” Program is on the Horizon

Posted on: August 14th, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

If you are enrolled in Medicare and if your doctor thinks you should use a walker to get around, you just go to your local medical equipment provider and get one, right?

 

Wrong.

 

 

Originally designed as a way to shave down the cost of many of the items Medicare enrollees, or beneficiaries, commonly use, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented a program that will limit where beneficiaries can get certain items. Your local medical equipment provider may not be so “local.” Only contracted suppliers are allowed to dispense certain equipment and supplies to beneficiaries.

 

“Competitive Bidding” is the name given to a national program making its way to Wisconsin. It has already arrived for nine metropolitan areas around the country from Florida to California to Ohio. Starting in the summer of 2013 it is slated to hit 91 more major cities and the suburban areas surrounding them. Suppliers “bid” to win contracts, but the methodology used in the selection process has been challenged.

 

The program has been delayed, re-started, delayed again and restarted again. Last year two Pennsylvania congressmen introduced H.R. 1041, the Fairness in Medicare Bidding Act, to repeal the competitive bidding program. Reps. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., see this program as having disastrous effects on communities and Medicare beneficiaries. At latest count, the bill has picked up more than 172 cosponsors in the House, from all but 12 states and has been assigned to a congressional committee. Read their “Dear Colleague” letter here: http://thompson.house.gov/sites/thompson.house.gov/files/HR1041-%20DearColleague.pdf

“CMS’s decision to delay round two of the competitive bidding program shows that even it acknowledges that this program is seriously flawed,” Altmire said. “The truth is that no matter how CMS tries to tweak its competitive bidding program, it will continue to be a fundamentally bad deal for our nation’s seniors and small businesses.”

“Auction and bidding experts have resoundingly agreed that the program does not work,” Congressman Thompson said.  “Delaying round two only kicks the can to a future date. While this is an indication that the Fairness in Medicare Bidding Act (H.R. 1041) is gaining momentum, we must continue efforts to educate policy makers here in Washington about the disastrous affects this program will have on our communities and Medicare beneficiaries.”

As an alternative to Competitive Bidding, industry leaders, economists and auction experts have introduced a market pricing program (MPP). The MPP, intended to be budget neutral, would establish “clearing prices” based upon supply from DMEPOS providers meeting demand or expected utilization. Besides benefiting from increased transparency, this process would allow current Medicare providers to still serve their clients using the new pricing.

Here at KHS we play be the rules and want to keep serving our clients for another 55 years. Fundamentally flawed programs like Competitive Bidding, however, threaten our ability to provide all of you with the service you’ve come to expect from us.

This 12-minute video summarizes the problems and a solution to the flawed competitive bidding program: experts from government and industry voice their concerns and propose a path forward. http://vimeo.com/26486255

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

Posted on: August 1st, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments
Having a child can be a life-changing event and at KHS we want you to know that we are dedicated to supporting you through your journey. KHS celebrates World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2012 to protect, support and promote breastfeeding.

 

Twenty years ago, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action started the World Breastfeeding Week campaign to support all women in breastfeeding and caring for their infants and young children.

 

Our team of professional, certified fitters is here to assist women in selecting merchandise related to breastfeeding and breast care. We are committed to combining caring and compassionate service with the most recent advances in product technology.

 

Breastfeeding Contributes to a Healthy Child

Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most important decisions you can make. Not only is breastfeeding best for your baby’s health, it can also benefit you in many ways.

Breastfeeding is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your baby’s development. Mothers’ milk is a unique combination of fats, sugars, minerals, proteins, vitamins and enzymes custom-made to promote brain and body growth.

However, there may be times when breastfeeding, even under the best of circumstances, can present challenges, as both mother and baby are learning what to do. It’s worth the effort because your baby receives important nutritional, immunological, and developmental benefits and both of you get to enjoy a special closeness.

We Want to Help Make Breastfeeding a Rewarding Experience

 To ensure that your breastfeeding experience is a positive one, Knueppel HealthCare offers a wealth of information and specialty products to make breastfeeding as easy and comfortable as possible.

 

Breast pumps and related items:

  • Portable electric pumps especially designed for active mothers
  • Battery operated and manual breast pumps
  • Pump cases, backpacks and shoulder bags
  • Milk collection and storage bags, bottles and coolers
  • Nipple shields and breast shells to relieve discomfort associated with engorgement and sore or inverted nipples
  • Washable and disposable bra pads
  • Supplemental Nursing System™ to assist adoptive and nursing mothers

 

Breast Pump and Accessories

 

Other products for caring for your baby:

  • Baby scales
  • Medicine dispenser
  • Vaporizers
  • Digital thermometers.
  • Nasal aspirators
  • Nursery vaporizers and humidifiers
  • Digital ear thermometer
  • Pacifier digital thermometers
  • Pacifier medicine dispenser
  • Gift certificates

 

 

The Word Breastfeeding Week Proclamation declares:

 

  • Optimal nutrition is of vital significance in the early months and years of life and has a lifelong impact on sustained health
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding, along with the addition of appropriate complementary feeding at six months and beyond, ensures that both mothers and infants receive maximum health benefits
  • Breast milk is physiologically tailored to meet infants’ maturing digestive systems, ensuring proper growth and development
  • Breast milk helps prevent a variety of infections and many chronic diseases, including diarrhea, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and certain childhood cancers
  • Keeping breastfeeding high on the public health agenda is critical in globally improving the health and well-being of mothers and babies

 

Please call us or visit us, we will be honored to address your needs and support you through your journey.

 

The Road to Lifelong Health Begins with Breastfeeding!