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JUN 2017

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Rx and Specialty Providers HM e N ew S / j UN e 2017 / www. HM e N ew S . C o M 17 ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association has sent a letter to Pe- formant Recovery expressing concern that the national RAC contractor was not in compli- ance with its statement of work when it an- nounced an automated review for L5845. In the April 28 letter, AOPA President Michael Oros outlines the criteria required to initiate such a review and asks for the review to be rescinded. Performant has not issued a formal response, but the announcement has been re- moved from its website, according to AOPA. ABC releases pedorthist survey ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Board for Certification in Orthotics Prosthetics and Pe- dorthics will use the results of a recent sur- vey to ensure that its pedorthist credentialing exam is relevant, and to identify content for in-service or continuing education, according to a press release. "The survey results will help define the certification, education and train- ing of future pedorthists, in the development of valid and reliable examinations and convey to others outside our disciplines the scope of services provided by certified pedorthists," said Dennis Dillard, C.Ped., CTO, chairman of AOPA asks RAC to rescind review the ABC's Practice Analysis Task Force. The overall return rate for the survey was 27%. B o C appoints new board members OWINGS MILLs, Md. – The Board of Certification/ Accreditation (BOC) has named Margy Imlay and Richard Todd to its board of directors. Imlay is own- er and president of Just Like a Woman, a women's health boutique in Port- land, Oregon. She is also a consultant and instructor for OandPEdu, where she is the principal instructor for hands-on mastectomy fitter classes around the country. Todd is owner and managing partner of Collier Orthotics and Pros- thetics, KneedABrace Inc. and Comfort Sleeves, with locations in Sacramento and Pleasant Hills, California. He has more than 30 years of ex- perience in the orthopedic field. demand and expand in the future, the company has developed a strategic plan, and added management and marketing staff to get the word out about Upstate's infusion services. LoPresti said Upstate's recent success also can be attributed to its unique model of care, which aims to make it possible for infusion patients to get their prescribed medical therapies at home or in a non- hospital setting. "It's not about profit," LoPresti said. "It's about services that keep patients out of the hospital. It's about being able to come up with answers to every objection out there." In addition to offering infusion suites in collaboration with physician partners, Upstate also employs vascular access nurses who use portable ultrasound machines to help place central catheters in patients and infuse medications outside of the hospital. "Not many companies offer ultrasound- guided PICC placement," LoPresti said. Upstate's medical staff also includes pharmacists and dietitians who can provide patients with information about additional health needs, including any nutritional def- icits. The goal is to help patients receive the care their need at home and reduce their chance of returning to the hospital. "We are creating great teams that don't know the meaning of no," LoPresti said. HME ASCENSIA PARTNERS WITH DR . Oz c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u s pa g e today to include smart phones as part of health management solutions? Erickson: For us, it's a core technology. I think people—especially millennials and some of us a little older—are man- aging a lot of their lives through their smart phones. They are connected all the time and drive a lot of lifestyle activities through smart phones. HME: Do you think payers are becoming more willing to pay for health management technology? Erickson: I think the paradigm is starting what do we already have in place that meets those standards, Wright said. "We didn't try to focus standards into our operations. They're already embedded in what we do. I think what they saw is those quality programs as a part of what we do every day." The recognition means Option Care meets stringent performance and accu- racy standards for dispensing prescrip- tions, protecting consumer health infor- mation and ensuring patient satisfaction, among other requirements. URAC accreditation was a process that took several months and included site visits to corporate headquarters and the pharmacy centers in Chicago, Los Angeles and Panama City, Fla. Option Care had to show evidence of adher- ing to URAC standards through forms, policies and procedures. Although the URAC accreditation was voluntary, Wright said it's increasingly expected as the norm. "We established about two years ago that quality was going to be No. 1 for the organization and that was how we were going to differentiate," she added. "Many payers who reimburse for specialty drugs ask if you are accredited. I think more and more are going to require it." HME OPTION CARE c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u s pa g e UPSTATE c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u s pa g e MANAGE DIABETES IN THE CLOUD c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u s pa g e to change. I think a lot of that has to do with the use of enabled technol- o g y, w h i c h w i l l lead to better data, which will lead to hopefully better c o m p l i a n c e a n d behavior modifica- tion, which should l e a d t o b e t t e r outcomes. HME " t echnology will lead to better data, which will lead to better compliance and behavior modification, which should lead to better outcomes." diet. "Diabetes is a huge issue in the U.S.— it's reached epidemic levels," said Rob- ert Schumm, vice president and manag- ing director of Ascensia Diabetes Care. "We're always looking for ways to raise awareness for people with diabetes. Dr. Oz was very engaged and enthusi- astic about the topic. It seemed like a great opportunity to reach that broader audience." Dr. Oz kicked off the "Take Charge" challenge on the April 26 episode of his show by talking about glucose testing and listening to people with diabetes talk about some of the changes they have made. As part of the challenge, Ascensia is giving away 1,000 of its Contour Next One glucose meters to people who visit doctoroz.com to participate in the chal- lenge. The Contour glucose meters link with a smart meter and app, allowing users to transmit and record their blood sugar via their mobile devices. "When we talk to nurse educators, they say the patient is more likely to forget their meter than forget their phone," Schumm said. "Connectivity is certainly the first step in the progres- sion of disease management in general. Once you have the information, there is more that can be done with it." Schumm said the challenge provides people with diabetes the chance to take control of their own health. The group atmosphere, bolstered by the involve- ment of Dr. Oz, increases accountability and gives people a relatable experience. " T h e c h a l l e n g e i s a s t r u c t u re d approach to being aware of diet, as well as for people with diabetes, being aware of blood sugar," Schumm said. "Being part of that, having that goal and be engaged with others is certainly key aspect of that." HME Margy Imlay Richard Todd

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