AAHomecare Creates Incontinence Advocacy Resources

Letter and infographic are designed to help HME advocates engage Medicaid programs on the challenges facing patients’ access to incontinence supplies.

The American Association for Homecare has created advocacy resources to help providers make state Medicaid programs aware of how supply chain disruptions and the Covid-19 pandemic are impeding patient access to incontinence supplies.

An overview letter to Medicaid programs and an infographic highlighting key statistics on increased costs for providing incontinence aim to help suppliers engage with their Medicaid programs.

This March, the Medical Supplies Council’s Incontinence Work Group conducted a nationwide survey that revealed significant increases in suppliers’ incurred costs for products, shipping, operations, and personnel. More than three in four companies reported backorder delays on incontinence products, which can lead to additional shipping costs for fulfillment of remaining partial orders.

“The products delivered and education provided save dollars for the healthcare payers and bring greater comfort to patients and their families,” said Laura Berry of Soundview Medical Supply, the co-chair of the Incontinence Work Group. “It is important to educate all stakeholders, including payers, regarding the significant strains on resources that has been evidenced by suppliers across the country.”

For additional information on AAHomecare’s Medical Supplies Council, contact Ashley Plauché, director of member and public relations, at ashleyp@aahomecare.org

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