Thursday, April 17, 2014

ProMed Easter Closure Reminder


Professional Medical will be closed Friday, April 18 in honor of Good Friday/Easter.

Please call our Customer Care department at 800.648.5190 if you have questions or concerns. Thank you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Save Now On Great Equipment for Your Facility


Now is the perfect time to freshen up your facility's equipment! From now through May 31, ProMed is offering great deals on some of our most popular items as well as free freight on orders over $600.

Special pricing is currently available on the following items: 

The Silver Sport 2 Wheelchair is available in 18" and 20" widths and with either detachable desk arms or padded armrests. It is upholstered in embossed vinyl that is durable and easy to clean.

The Aluminum Rollator, which is offered in both blue and red frames, has six-inch wheels that won't mark floors. It's perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.

Our Economy Raised Toilet Seat adds 4" of height to a toilet seat and can support individuals weighing up to 300 pounds. The seat is designed for residents who have difficulty sitting down on or standing up from the toilet.

The Two-Button Folding Walker has easy push-button mechanisms that can be operated by fingers, palms or the side of the hand. Its sturdy 1" aluminum construction is both strong and lightweight.

The Gel-Foam Wheelchair Cushion is specially designed to redistribute pressure in an effort to help prevent pressure ulcers. It is made of high-density foam that encapsulates a dual-chamber gel bladder and is available in 16", 18" and 20" widths.

The Deluxe Aluminum Bath Chair is lightweight, durable and corrosion-proof. Its seat height can be adjusted from 15.5" to 19.5" to accommodate a wide range of users.

For additional details on these specials as well as future promotions, be sure to subscribe to Mr. B's Equipment Specials. Click here to be added to our subscriber list!

For more information on the special pricing available on these items, please contact your territory manager or give us a call at (800) 648-5190.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CMS: Nursing Homes Achieved Antipsychotic Reduction Goal


CMS has announced that nursing homes have succeeded in reducing antipsychotic use by more than 15 percent, achieving the primary goal of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.

The initiative, which was announced in 2012, joined together private and public organizations to educate providers and help them transition residents off antipsychotics. The 15 percent reduction goal was achieved in every state.

While the reduction is a step in the right direction, one in five residents in long-term care is still on an antipsychotic, showing the need for additional progress. CMS plans to set a new goal for 2014 now that the initial goal has been met.

To learn more, click here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sebelius Out as HHS Secretary

Today, President Obama announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The President has nominated Sylvia Matthews Burrell, currently the director of the White House budget office, to take her place.

Sebelius headed HHS during the tumultuous rollout of the healthcare.gov website. The website's performance improved with time and to date more than 7.5 million have signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act.

To learn more, click here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to Curb Pollen Exposure


To those who have allergies, it can seem that pollen is omnipresent. Healthgrades recommends taking the following 12 steps to minimize your exposure to the sneeze-inducing stuff:

  1. Close car and house windows to keep pollen outside. 
  2. Run the air conditioner to help clean indoor air. 
  3. Limit the time you spend outside on high-pollen days. 
  4. If you must be outdoors for an extended period of time on high-pollen days, wear a pollen mask. 
  5. Avoid being outdoors early in the morning, when pollen levels tend to peak. 
  6. Change your clothes and take a shower when you come indoors after an extended period outside. Pollen can cling to skin, hair and clothing. 
  7. Use your dryer rather than drying clothing and sheets outdoors. 
  8. Vacuum weekly, using a unit with a small-particle or HEPA filter. 
  9. Avoid planting Bermuda and Johnson grass in your lawn, which are more likely to cause allergies. If those types of grass are in your lawn, you might want to consider replacing them with bunchgrass, dichondra or Irish moss, which produce less pollen. 
  10. If possible, have someone else mow your lawn and keep it cut short. 
  11. Choose plants with colorful or scented flowers, which produce heavy, waxy pollen that doesn't go airborne. Good choices are dahlias, daisies, geraniums, roses, snapdragons and tulips. 
  12. Don't touch your face when working outside and leave your gardening gloves and tools outside. 



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CMS Releases Info On Provider Types Paid Most By Medicare


Recently released information from CMS revealed just how much Medicare-paid doctors and other providers are paid to care for the nation's elderly.

The following five provider types received the highest average pay per provider:

  1. Hematology/Oncology ($366,677)
  2. Radiation Oncology ($362,666)
  3. Opthamology ($327,164)
  4. Medical Oncology ($308,702)
  5. Rheumatology ($257,701)

The report cautioned that this data doesn't reveal the conditions of the patients who are being treated and also doesn't reflect funds that providers reimburse to drug companies or other providers for part of the service.

To learn more, click here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stay Healthy, Stay Hydrated


Although grocery store aisles are packed with bottle after bottle of drinks promising great health, it's hard to beat the benefits of water.

Water accounts for about 60 percent of our body weight and every system in our bodies depends upon it. It flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to cells and keeps ear, nose and throat tissue moist. Our bodies are constantly losing water, even when we're not doing anything strenuous. For example, every day we lose water through breathing, perspiring, evaporation through our skin and going to the bathroom.1 To function properly and avoid complications such as constipation or kidney stones, we must then replenish our bodies with fluids and foods that contain water.

In 1991, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine demonstrated that "channels" in the body regulate and facilitate water molecule transport through cell membranes. This discovery led to him receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. These channels, dubbed "Aquaporins," allow water molecules to flow freely into cells while a selective filter prevents other elements from entering. Thousands of millions of water molecules per second can pass through one single channel.2

How do you know if you and your residents are drinking enough water? To determine how much fluid a resident should consume on a daily basis, CMS recommends multiplying body weight in kg (2.2 lbs = 1 kg) by 30 cc, except for residents with renal or cardiac distress (these individuals can be harmed by having an excess of fluids in their bodies).3 Using drinking cups with graduation marks can help you keep track of how much liquid a resident is consuming. The following strategies can help residents stay hydrated throughout the day:

  • Offer a variety of fluids (water, fruit juice, milk, etc.) between meals and encourage residents as appropriate
  • Offer bottled water that is easy to carry throughout the facility
  • Serve additional beverages with meals to help increase fluid intake
  • Make sure filled water pitchers and drinking cups are easily accessible to residents
  • Offer alternate fluid sources, such as popsicles, gelatin and ice cream

ProMed stocks everything you need to keep your residents hydrated, including disposable cups, pitchers and high-quality bottled water. To learn more, contact your ProMed territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at promedsupply.com.

References
1 Mayo Clinic. Water: How much should you drink every day? Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256. Accessed April 2, 2014.

2 Nobelprize.org. Popular Information: Information for the Public. Available at: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2003/popular.html. Accessed April 4, 2014.

3 State Operations Manual. Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities. Rev. 70, 01-07-11. Available at: http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/downloads/som107ap_pp_guidelines_ltcf.pdf. Accessed April 2, 2014.