Patient Success Story
One high school boy with a terminal illness had hopes of attending his prom this spring. His challenge of requiring a dose of antibiotic intravenously using a Bard pump that is not so easy to transport and is quite conspicuous required some creative problem solving. With the help of Alternacare’s pharmacist Tim and nurse Jaci, this teen was able to enjoy a prom night like all of the other high school students his age. Tim drew up two additional doses of the antibiotic, and Jaci delivered the medication and a “pocket pump” called the Eclipse Pump to this patient prior to his evening event. This youth was able to infuse his antibiotic while attending prom without his classmates’ knowledge. Way to go, Tim and Jaci, for going above and beyond for this patient!
EDUCATION AND MORE EDUCATION
A firefighter from New York speaking about being in the North Tower when it collapsed… What a way to kick off a conference. Deputy Chief Richard Picciotto spoke about his experience and shared his heart with the crowd. His book Last Man Down is well worth the read.
Three team members of Alternacare attended the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) meeting in Dallas April 8-11. As with any conference, there was some great networking and sharing of information as to how Alternacare can improve services to our patients and referral partners as well as a recognition of the things that we are doing right. After 19 years in business and more than 30 years in the industry, you look for those pearls of wisdom that can really make a difference.
Here are some highlights:
- Data related to transitions of care
- Mobile applications and technology
- Clinical poster presentations
- Medicare and re-hospitalization
- HIPAA and HITECH
- Clinical Liaisons
- Pharmacy updates
- Insurance issues – Commercial, Military, Medicare, Medicaid
The items listed here are just a few of the workshops offered to help improve the care provided in the Kansas City community.
Next stop – Alternacare is sending one of our nurses to the Intravenous Nurses Society (INS) conference in Charlotte this month.
Alternacare is committed to educating our internal staff and our partners in the community. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your patients every day.
Recipe for Chicken Spiedini
- · 2 c. Italian bread crumbs
- · 1 c. grated Romano cheese
- · Salt & pepper, to taste
- · 1 T fresh minced parsley
- · 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- · 6 chicken breasts, sliced into 2 inch strips
- · ½ c. extra virgin olive oil
Mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt and pepper, parsley and garlic. Dip the chicken in olive oil and then into the bread crumb mixture. Place on foil lined cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, make the lemon garlic sauce to drizzle over the chicken.
Lemon Garlic Sauce:
- · 1 t. fresh parsley, minced
- · 1-2 garlic cloves, mashed
- · Juice of 5 lemons
- · Salt & pepper, to taste
- · ¼ t. crushed red pepper
- · 1/3 c. olive oil
- · ¼ c. water
Warm the lemon garlic sauce and drizzle over the chicken before serving.
This recipe pairs well with: Liberty School Chardonnay from Paso Robles, California.
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013
ALTERNACARE CONTINUES TO PARTICIPATE WITH ALL KANSAS MEDICAID PLANS
Mark your Calendar!
May 6 – 12: National Nurses Week
May 8: World Red Cross Day
May 12: Mother’s Day
May 12 – 18: National Nursing Home Week
May 19 – 25: National Emergency Medical Services Week
May 27: Memorial Day
June 14: Flag Day
June 16: Father’s Day
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Congratulations Jaci and Sarah!
We are pleased to announce that our nurses Jaci and Sarah both passed the CRNI exam.
Certification, as defined by the American Board of Nursing Specialties, is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes. (http://www.incc1.org/files/public/10_08_10_CRNI_bulletin_2011.pdf)
The Certified Registered Nurse Infusion certification indicates the nurse has achieved a specialized level of practice in providing infusion therapy to patients, appropriately and safely administering intravenous medications to patients suffering from a broad spectrum of illnesses. (http://www.testprepreview.com/crni.htm)
“I have thought about taking the CRNI exam for years now,” said Sarah. “I have always been intimidated by the thought but once I committed, made a plan and had a great study partner in Jaci- the task was much more bearable.” Sarah shares, “For me I feel more confident in myself and know that the INS is a great organization that backs their nurses with quality evidence based practice. They continue to put research first and are passionate about infusion nursing. It is an honor to be connected to other CRNI’s with such a great emphasis on excellence. Mostly, I am excited to carry the knowledge I am gaining to nurses who aren’t as connected in the rural settings. It is really exciting to bring them new tools that really improve their practice and the outcomes for their patients. That is probably one of the most favorite parts of my job. I love connecting with other nurses and hopefully after our teaching opportunities, they will be better nurses. That really energizes me.”
NHIA: More than just Continuing Education…
The National Home Infusion Association annual conference took place in Phoenix the last week of April. Although blisteringly hot, the attendees stayed comfortable inside the convention center learning about a wide variety of topics including venous access innovations, new medications, nursing procedures, reimbursement coding, management practices, and sales. Pharmacists Leigh Luna and Mike Hayden were among the 1300 members at the conference that encompassed nurses, pharmacists, reimbursement experts, sales staff, and managers. Along with the educational sessions, they learned about a data initiative regarding outcomes reporting, and a new push in the grassroots movement to generate a Medicare B benefit for home infusion. (Currently, legislation introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives has wide spread support, but CMS has asked for more data in the form of a demonstration project. CMS leaders have pledged to meet with NHIA representatives again in 3 months to review the process.)
“It’s all about the networking for me,” says Mike. “NHIA has allowed me to make and keep up with old friends who provide insight and expertise on a variety of subjects throughout the year. But it is especially great to get together at the conference and catch up. The exhibit hall also provides great information on new products and ideas.”
NHIA, an association by and for infusion companies, provided educational sessions, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities for home infusion professionals from around the country. Independent companies like Alternacare met side by side with national chains to express concerns about the current health care reform measures and economic climate in the US today. An exposition hall containing more than 100 vendors of medications, supplies, equipment, and services provided information about their companies as well as prizes for a raffle at the end of the week.
NHIA pointed out that the current healthcare system is beginning to change, but with each others’ help, we can “Transcend Uncertainty” and continue to provide important alternate site care for patients everywhere. As described by Leigh, “There is no better place to meet people in my field than at NHIA. The conference gave me the chance to hear other people’s ideas and brainstorm solutions to problems. I have already e-mailed some of the people that I met last week!
Did you know that one of Alternacare’s owners has a son who had 4 hole-in-ones by the age 11? At age nine, the same week he hit two of the four shots, he met Tom Watson and Bill Self, who both signed his North Carolina Tarheels hat.
Hospital Bloopers (Actual Writings from Hospital Charts)
- Patient was alert and unresponsive.
- The patient has no previous history of suicides.
- Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
- The skin was moist and dry.
- Occasional, constant infrequent headaches
Recipe for Fudge Pie:
- ½ stick butter
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 cup sugar
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- 3 T. cocoa
- 1 t. vanilla
Melt butter in sauce pan. Remove from heat and add sugar and cocoa. Stir and add eggs. Stir well. Add evaporated milk and vanilla. Stir until milk is mixed in. Pour into a 9 inch unbaked frozen pie shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 22-24 more minutes.
Serve this dessert with: Estimulo Malbec Mendoza
I am pleased to announce that our aggressive and unrelenting
campaign to gain meaningful Medicare coverage of home infusion therapy has just
attained yet another crucial legislative objective, as yesterday the
Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act was re-introduced in both
the Senate (S. 1203) and the House (H.R. 2195).
Achieving this re-introduction of the Medicare legislation,
via the active support of Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), John Kerry (D-MA),
Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and
Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY-17), Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) and Tammy Baldwin
(D-WI-2), is a key element of our Dual Track Legislative Strategy. I was
especially pleased at the added support Congressman Murphy provided to our cause
when he spoke yesterday on the House floor about the importance of fixing the
Medicare coverage gap of home infusion therapy—and urged his colleagues to
cosponsor the home infusion therapy bill.
For more detailed information and quotes, please review
these exciting links:
- Senate Press Release
- House Press Release
- NHIA Press Release
- Congressman Murphy House Floor Speech Clip
Unquestionably, the leadership of these Senators and
Representatives—together with the findings of the 2010 General Accountability Office (GAO)
Study (where, for the
first time, a government report is clearly demonstrating that
home infusion therapy provides costs savings and quality patient
care)—provides us with an even stronger foundation for an impactful grassroots
campaign. It is very invigorating to see our consistent efforts from the last
Congress generating enhanced opportunities with this new Congress.
As you will recall, the GAO Study has already highlighted
the value of home infusion and helped to productively shift the attitude and
interest in our cause. Now, we must further leverage this interest by
increasing awareness about the struggles faced by Medicare beneficiaries and
their families who are unnecessarily forced to undergo extended stays in
hospitals and nursing homes—or are forced to pay for home infusion therapy with
limited funds. We must also advance the reality that, in these challenging
financial times, home infusion can save the Medicare program money.
To get the ball rolling on our current grassroots efforts, I
am asking each of you to engage in the following activities:
- NHIA has already prepared a compelling electronic letter
for you to send to your Congressional Representatives, asking for their formal
support of this important legislation—please click here to e-mail the Hill
- On Wednesday, July 13th, NHIA will
be hosting an important Talk Infusion all-membership
call from 12:00-1:30 PM (Eastern) to discuss new strategies
needed to achieve our ultimate advocacy goals. I urge every NHIA Member company
to join us on this critical call—please register today.
Each of us has the power to make a difference. Our campaign
will reflect the commitment and passion I believe we all share for our patients—
I look forward to our time together on July 13th and to working with you to
achieve meaningful Medicare coverage for home infusion therapy.
Our time is now. Let’s create our future,
President & CEO