White Paper Demonstrates Value of Incontinence Providers

The document aims to educate regulators and payers on the importance of high-quality incontinence solutions supplied by knowledgeable providers in ensuring optimal care and cost management.

HME providers supplying incontinence products and services are critical in ensuring optimal incontinence patient care and cost management, according to a new white paper.

Moreover, the white paper, “Keeping Patients at Home with Improved Outcomes Through the Use of Quality Incontinence Products and HME Providers,” says that recent Medicaid and MCO funding trends are hampering those providers’ ability to help those patients.

“Matching the end-user with a product that meets or exceeds the National Association for Continence premium standards is essential—but selecting the right product or products and ensuring that the size and fit are appropriate for the end-users while providing ongoing supportive services are also key elements,” the white paper states.

The document was produced by a subgroup of the American Association for Homecare’s Medical Supplies Council, the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA), and National Association for Continence (NAFC). Their goal is to educate payers and regulators on the importance of using high-quality incontinence products provided by knowledgeable HME providers that can manage end-users’ needs and prevent costly complications.

“The factors involved with managing the incontinent patient are complex, and if poorly managed, can lead to increased costs to the payer to treat the resulting complications,” said Gayle Devin of ActivStyle, who chairs AAHomecare’s Medical Supplies Council and the subgroup who developed the paper.

The white paper can be downloaded as a PDF.

About the Author

David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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