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JAN 2018

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Rx and Specialty Providers hme news / january 2019 / 17 CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Solara Medical Supplies, a provider of diabetic devices, has acquired Pal- Med, a provider of insulin pumps and testing strips in South Carolina. It's the third acquisition for Solara fol- lowing its investment from Linden Capital Partners in May. Earlier in December, Solara acquired Huey's Home Medical in Ilinois. In September, it acquired Ohio-based J.M.R. Medical, a supplier of DME and diabetes testing supplies. Jennie Jordan, vice president of Pal-Med, will remain with Solara. "We are proud of our commitment to our patients and are excited to enhance our offering by joining Solara," she said. Pal-Med was founded by Harold Jordan in 1994. Solara has also added Sun Health, a com- Solara makes third buy, adds to network munity nonprofit, to its national network of diabetes prevention program (DDP) provid- ers. Based in the metro Phoenix area, Sun Health offers a variety of wellness services, philanthropy and senior living programs. As of April 1, 2018, Medicare began paying qualified providers to deliver the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), an evidence-based set of services aimed at pre- venting Type 2 diabetes through a year-long program. "With five locations across the greater- Phoenix area, we can impact more than a thousand local residents each year through the DPP classes we offer," said Jennifer Drago, executive vice president of popula- tion health for Sun Health. Solara is a supplier of continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps. HME SAN FRANCISCO –Sixty two percent of patients with Type 2 diabetes are not satisfied with their current standard of care, according to a new study from Virta Health. What's more, 66% of healthcare provid- ers believe the average patient is unable to manage their disease with the current stan- dard of care. The online study, conducted by students from Purdue University, sampled 168 adults and 48 healthcare providers in the United States. Other patient findings: 43% think infor- mation from their provider is poor; 34% think the timeliness of advice from provid- ers is poor; and 93% believe they are knowl- edgeable about the symptoms of Type 2 dia- betes. Other provider findings: 66% don't think three-to-six month appointments are effective in managing care, with 44% say- ing monthly appointments are necessary; 83% think their patients do not disclose accurate information about their health between appointments because they forget the details; and 72% think the majority of their patients are taking action to reach their A1c goals. Virta Health is a technology enabled online clinic that provides treatment for Type 2 dia- vents, particularly invasive vents, sets a dangerous precedent, say providers. "We feel people are going to be in jeopardy," said Bill Hart, director of clinical services for Auburn Hills, Mich.- based Advent Home Medical. "The inva- sive side is much more serious and the patients much more fragile." Providers already took a hit on reim- bursement for vents, when CMS, in an attempt to rein in skyrocketing utiliza- tion rates, overhauled the product cat- egory and reduced reimbursement by about 33% in 2016. If CMS truly wants to improve the product category, say providers, it needs to issue local coverage determinations, something the industry has requested and the agency has so far declined to do. "With a true LCD, clear qualification criteria and usage requirements, we as an industry could better partner with CMS and other healthcare systems to drive superior outcomes, and save the overall system significant dollars," said Study: Current standard of diabetes care inadequate diab E t E s roundup betes and other chronic metabolic diseases without medication or surgery. Insul I n use to I ncrease, study f I nds NE w YORK – The amount of insulin required to treat Type 2 diabetes is expected to increase by more than 20% from 2018 to 2030, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Using data from the International Diabetes Federation, researchers developed a microsimulation of the Type 2 diabetes burden across 221 countries. The number of people worldwide with Type 2 diabetes is estimated to increase from 405.6 million in 2018 to 510.8 million in 2030. Insulin use is estimated to increase 616.1 million 1,000 IU vials per year to 633.7 million during that same timeframe. a scens I a updates app PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ascensia Diabetes Care has updated its Contour Diabetes app to enable seamless integration with Apple Health. Con- nectivity between the two apps means users are able to share blood glucose readings and carbohydrate data from the app with Apple Health. Once enabled, data from the Contour Diabetes app will automatically transfer and be visible in the Health app. Many people with diabetes are already using the Health app as the primary application. HME Eric Mongeau, vice president of sales and marketing for Norwood, Mass.- based Reliable Respiratory. "Those end points should be the ultimate determin- ing factor when CMS considers whether or not to include these codes in the next round of competitive bidding." A A H o m e c a re h a s formed a ventilator workgroup to develop comments on the pro- posal. The VGM Group pulled together talking points for providers who planned to com- ment by Dec. 17. CMS has proposed adding the following codes to the next round of the program in 2021, after a two-year gap period: E0465, E0466 and E0467; L0450, L0455, L0457, L0467, L0469, L0621, L0623, L0625, L0628, L0641, L0642, L0643, L0648, L0649, L0650, L0651; and L1812, L1830, L1833, L1836, L1848, L1850, L1851, L1852. HME One common complaint Jensen hears when she talks to providers is their frus- tration that the very women they seek to help are often unaware of the products and services they offer. "For someone going under reconstruc- tion—the referral sources don't tend to send their patients to see a fitter," she said. "We put some effort behind trying to bring in products and services that are intended for all women who have had surgery regard- CMS DOUBLES DO w N ON VENTS c O N T I N u e D F r O M p A g e 1 E w CONFERENCE c O N T I N u e D F r O M p r e v I O u S p A g e less of what path they intend to go on. We want to make sure they know about this." While education and product buying remain key components of the conference, the main highlight for attendees is network- ing, says Jensen. This year's big social event is a beach tailgate party on Super Bowl Sun- day, complete with a live band and game viewing areas. "People tell us they've been coming to the conference for years because they come to reconnect with their friends," she said. "We love to hear that and we love to facili- tate that." HME "We feel people are going to be in jeopardy." Bill h art, a dvent h ome m edical

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