HME News

JUN 2017

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Smart Talk hme news / june 2017 / 9 Mobile Solu T ion S 24-Hour c are 888-834-4381 4080 Lafayette Center Drive Suite 250 Chantilly, VA 20151 Bulky face mask attached to a noisy machine Can interfere with partner's sleep May not work in the event of electrical outage Difficult to travel with Forced air may dry out nose, mouth and throat May limit movement while sleep Small, lightweight, disposable & convenient Does not disrupt bed partner's sleep Is not affected by an electrical outage 30 Supply easily fits in your purse or pocket Can breathe normally using ambient air Can move freely while sleeping CPAP PROVENT Bulky face mask attached to a noisy machine Can interfere with partner's sleep Small, lightweight, disposable & convenient Does not disrupt bed partner's sleep CPAP PROVENT BE A PART OF THIS BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENT FOR OSA GREAT COST CENTER POTENTIAL TO GET STARTED CONTACT US TODAY FOR MORE INFO c onsider interlinked needs By Brad Peterson Q. What is 24-hour care and why should i care? a . Tick, tock, tick. Consider all the pressure care, mobility, respiratory and positioning equipment avail- able to your business. While many f ix what isn't broken By a i M ee s wo P e Q. We've always used paper. What will a mobile solution do that paper can't? a . In an industry with ever-chang- ing regulations, HME/DME orga- nizations need a way to stay rel- evant and operate their businesses effectively. Traditional methods and processes this industry was built on may be tried and true, but they aren't always efficient. The provid- ers sticking to "the old way of doing things" are finding themselves left in the dust by the competition. Sure, traditional paper-based systems will get the job done, but not in an efficient or cost-effec- tive manner. Think about the fol- lowing questions as they relate to your workflow and operational processes: 4 How many delivery documents get lost between customer service, delivery teams and back office staff? 4 How many hours (or days) is your billing team spending hunt- ing missing paperwork to confirm orders? 4 How much are write-offs cost- ing your company because of miss- ing documents? I'm willing to bet these numbers aren't quite where you'd want them to be. However, with a mobile solu- tion, they can be. By integrating a mobile platform within the operations, companies can electronically store all docu- ments in one location and auto- matically transfer forms between departments. Not only does this streamline operational efficiencies, it mitigates the potential for lost paperwork and subsequent write- offs. The increased efficiency also lessens the amount of overtime hours from staff members having to recreate or find missing documents. Lastly, providers can decrease over- head costs by nearly eliminating the budget for physical paper and reallocate full-time employees pre- viously dedicated to scanning or fil- ing paperwork. hme Aimee Swope is a customer success specialist at apacheta. Reach her at her emailwhichTheresawill get times we may only focus on pres- sure and posture care for a small portion of the day, gravity is on duty 24/7, 365, and your product offer- ings must consider the round-the- clock positioning and skin protec- tion needs of the consumer. It's vital that pressure care is addressed both during lying and sit- ting over the 24-hour period, hence 24-hour care. Whether lying down or sitting, the same pelvis and skin surfaces are at risk. The support surface on the bed is as important as the one on the mobility base, com- mode or shower chair. Poor posture in both lying and sitting positions may be one of the factors that result in asymmetry of the body creating the unequal weight-bearing and distribution of the body over the supporting sur- face. This may result in peak pres- sure points. When considering the second- ary complications associated with poor posture and positioning, in addition to pressure concerns, respiratory needs may also be negatively affected. Due to poor posture, the chest cavity may be exposed to postural collapse or compression, meaning that the lungs are not able to fully inflate or function in a healthy manner. Shallow breathing means less oxy- gen into your system. Low levels of oxygen in the blood may result in the skin becoming more vulner- able to damage, such as a pressure injury. Our posture, pressure and respi- ratory care needs are interlinked and equipment selections should reflect these relationships. hme Brad Peterson is vice president of Professional Affairs and Clinical Education at Invacare. Reach him at Lee Ann Hoffman, seating & positioning special- ist at Invacare, contributed to this article.

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