Friday, April 17, 2015

ProHeal Liquid Supplements Heal Residents from Within

DermaRite’s new ProHeal line of liquid supplements was designed to take wound care to the next level. Each of the four ProHeal formulations was developed to assist with specific health concerns.

ProHeal™ is a medical food developed for the dietary management of wounds as well as other conditions that would benefit from extra protein intake, including hypoalbuminemia, involuntary weight loss, anorexia, protein calorie malnutrition, muscle wasting conditions such as AIDS and cancer, dialysis and bariatric surgery.

ProHeal™ Critical Care is a concentrated blend of hydrolyzed collagen and whey protein for maximum protein content and absorption. It also contains vitamin C and L-Arginine for collagen synthesis and increased blood flow to wound areas as well as zinc and copper, co-factors in connective tissue reproduction.

FiberHeal™ combines the laxative and stool-softening effects of fiber and FOS with all-natural sorbitol, which aids in gentle elimination without diarrhea. As part of a healthy diet, FiberHeal helps maintain regularity, lower cholesterol levels and support blood sugar control.

UTIHeal™ creates an environment that inhibits the growth of infection-causing bacteria while promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the urinary tract. The concentrated cranberry-based formula also contains vitamin C, D-Mannose and Erythritol as well as FOS (Inulin) to promote urinary tract health and infection prevention.

To learn more about the Proheal line, contact your ProMed territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at for additional information.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CMS Proposed Payment Rate: 2016 Medicare Payments to Increase by $500 Million

Under an updated payment rate proposed by CMS on Wednesday, Medicare would increase skilled nursing facility reimbursements by $500 million in 2016. The 2016 rate would be a 1.4 percent increase over 2015

To determine the rate, CMS looks at the costs of goods and services needed to provide care. Inflation is taken into consideration and a pair of 0.6 percent required adjustments are applied.

To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CMS Releases Electronic Staffing System Specs; System Becomes Mandatory In 2016

CMS has posted technical specifications showing long-term care facilities how to submit electronic staffing information that will be used by the Nursing Home Compare website and Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System to help consumers better understand staffing levels.

The submission system is known as the Payroll-Based Journal, or PBJ. PBJ allows staffing and census info to be collected on a regular and more frequent basis than it is currently collected, according to CMS, and it will also be auditable to ensure accuracy. All LTC facilities will have access to the system at no cost.

CMS plans to start collecting staffing and census data using PBJ on a voluntary basis beginning October 1, 2015. Using the system will become mandatory on July 1, 2016. Electronic submission was required under Section 6106 of the Affordable Care Act.

To view the specs on CMS's website, click here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Incontinence Management Products: What to Use When

The number of absorbent product choices on the market can make it a challenge to find the perfect fit for your residents. We created the chart below to help!

Keep in mind that CMS recommends considering the severity of incontinence, gender, fit and ease of use when selecting an absorbent product. The agency notes that the benefits of these products include containing urine, providing protection for clothing and preserving residents’ dignity and comfort.1


Absorbency: Moderate to Ultimate
Good for: Bedridden residents, overnight use, heavy to complete urinary incontinence. bowel incontinence


Absorbency: Super to Ultimate
Good for: Ambulatory residents, light to severe urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence 

Pads and Male Guards 

Absorbency: Light to Ultimate 
Good for: Added absorbency inside regular undergarments or pull-ups, used as a system with reusable pants 


Absorbency: Moderate to Ultimate
Good for: Moderate to severe urinary output, bedridden residents, ambulatory residents 

Belted Undergarments

Absorbency: Light to Heavy 
Good for: Occasional accidents. frequent changes 


Absorbency: Moderate to Ultimate
Good for: Open airing, bed and furniture protection 

To learn more about our complete line of incontinence management products, contact your ProMed territory manager, give us a call at 800.648.5190 or visit us online at 

1 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. State Operations Manual. Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities (Rev. 133, 02-06-15). Available at: Accessed March 31, 2015. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Study: Impact-Absorbing Flooring Helps Prevent Fall Injuries

Researchers in Sweden have found that impact-absorbing flooring can provide measurable benefit in preventing injuries from falls.

The researchers, who say their work is the first "statistically significant" study on this topic, determined that impact-absorbing flooring can reduce injury rates by 59 percent over conventional flooring.

During the study, which took place over the course of two and a half years, the researchers recorded 254 falls on regular flooring and 77 on impact-absorbing flooring. They found that the injury/fall rate was 30.3 percent for falls on regular flooring and 16.9 percent for falls on impact-absorbing flooring. All of the subjects were female residents.

To learn more, click here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

CMS Issues Proposed Mental Health Parity Rule for Medicaid, CHIP

CMS has issued a proposed rule that would "align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance," according to a press release from the agency.

The proposed rule would apply certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to both Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Under the proposed rule:

  • All beneficiaries who receive services through managed care organizations (MCOs) or alternative benefit plans would receive access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits, regardless of whether services are provided through MCOs or another service delivery system
  • Plans must make the criteria for medical necessity determinations for mental health and substance abuse disorders available to beneficiaries and contracting providers 
  • States would be required to make available to enrollees the reasons for any denial of reimbursement or payment for services related to mental health and substance use 
  • States would still have flexibility in providing services through managed care delivery mechanisms other than Medicaid MCOs and must ensure that Medicaid MCO enrollees receive parity in services from these groups

To read the press release, click here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Researchers: Reagan's Speeches Reveal Alzheimer's Clues

Researchers at Arizona State University say they have uncovered subtle hints of early dementia in some of the speeches Ronald Reagan gave before he was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994.

Specifically, the researchers uncovered anomalies in the President's speeches, such as use of repetitive words and substituting nonspecific terms such as "thing" for specific nouns. To uncover the patterns, they used an algorithm that analyzes changes in speech patterns.

The researchers point out that their findings do not provide any evidence that Reagan was impaired while he was in office. Instead, they hope their results could provide tools to spot the disease years before symptoms become clinically evident.

To learn more, click here.