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Archive for August, 2013

KHS Meets with Congressman Paul Ryan

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

KHS was well represented at a meeting nearly a year in the works, when members of the Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services (WAMES) met with Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-1st District) and discussed the problems that Medicare beneficiaries are having with the effects of the recently implemented Competitive Bidding program on their continuum of care. The meeting was held Tuesday August 27, 2013 at Rep. Ryan’s Kenosha office.

  

Rep. Paul Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan

With documented complaints from over 1450 Medicare beneficiaries from around the country, we were able to impress on the congressman the negative impact of the program. In contrast, Medicare administrators claim to have only received 31 complaints this year. The program will likely cost beneficiaries more in the long run as they find themselves paying out of pocket for benefits they have paid into all their working lives.

In addition to being bad for beneficiaries and medical equipment providers, the program administrators failed to adequately screen the medical equipment companies who were winning bidders and now the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) in initiating an investigation of the controversial program. It was disclosed that the agency responsible awarded contracts in bidding areas nationwide to suppliers that lacked proper licensure and accreditation, as required by the program guidelines and individual state laws.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Administrator, the agency’s top official, admitted to the misconduct, yet failed to address how the abuses occurred or offer any plan for corrective action.

On June 12, 2013, House members initiated a letter signed by 227 Members of Congress (including Rep. Ryan) – a full majority in the U.S. House of Representative, including 82 Democrats and 145 Republicans – which outlined critical flaws and abuses in the program, and requested that CMS delay further implementation until such issues are fully address and fixed.

KHS continues to fight on because the Competitive Bidding program has reduced the number of providers able to provide certain equipment and given contracts to many companies not even based in Wisconsin. We believe people from Wisconsin should be able to take care of people from Wisconsin.

If you or any Medicare beneficiary you know is having problems getting durable medical equipment, please have them call the complaint hotline staffed by People for Quality Care at 1-800-404-8702, and follow our lead in contacting your elected representatives!

World Breastfeeding Week 2013: Supporting Mothers

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, is “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers.” Choosing this theme highlights the need to support mothers from day one and throughout their breastfeeding experience. Peer counseling and home and community support is crucial to increasing breastfeeding rates and practices and supporting mothers.

 

Breasefeeding is good for everybody!

Breasefeeding is good for everybody!

 

According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action: “Even when mothers are able to get off to a good start, all too often in the weeks or months after delivery there is a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates, and practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding. The period when mothers do not visit a healthcare facility is the time when a community support system for mothers is essential. Continued support to sustain breastfeeding can be provided in a variety of ways. Traditionally, support is provided by the family. As societies change, however, in particular with urbanization, support for mothers from a wider circle is needed, whether it is provided by trained health workers, lactation consultants, community leaders, or from friends who are also mothers, and/or from fathers/partners.

“The Peer Counseling Program is a cost effective and highly productive way to reach a larger number of mothers more frequently. Peer Counselors can be anyone from the community who is trained to learn to support mothers. Trained Peer Counselors, readily available in the community become the lifeline for mothers with breastfeeding questions and issues. ‘The key to best breastfeeding practices is continued day-to-day support for the breastfeeding mother within her home and community.’”

 

 Breastfeeding…An Important Decision

Not only is breastfeeding best for your baby’s health, it can also benefit you in ways you may never have realized. 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. Your baby receives important nutritional, immunological, and developmental benefits, and both of you get to enjoy the special closeness of a nursing mother and baby.

 

Breast Pump and Accessories

Breast Pump and Accessories

 

For the Breastfeeding Mom

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

 

Specialty products for breastfeeding:

  • 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

 

Additional helpful products include:

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

 

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