Keeping Members Informed
Wendy Russalesi, JAMES, 732-503-5665, email@example.com
Peter Lillo, Insight Consulting Services, 609-396-9000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin DeSimone, Insight Consulting Services, 609-396-9000, email@example.com
JAMES Testifies at NJ Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Roundtable
Testimony focused on the challenges of Medicaid managed care for a high-needs population
JACKSON, NJ, June 6, 2011 - Dr. Kevin Saluck, JAMES President and Vice President of Clinical Operations and Business Development for Central Medical Supply Group testified today at the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee roundtable about the concerns the association has with the Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver.
“Home medical equipment companies provide a valuable service to thousands of patients who are in need of medically necessary supplies and equipment that include recurring, monthly orders for medical supplies, complex rehab mobility equipment and clinical respiratory services, such as life sustaining patient ventilation,” stated Dr. Saluck.
The state proposes moving 121,000 aged, blind and disabled (ABD) Medicaid recipients into mandatory managed care programs from the current Medicaid fee-for-service program, beginning on July 1, 2011.
Not only does the proposal itself present a myriad of challenges, but the extremely short time frame in which this transition will occur is alarming. “Clinical respiratory patients who often take from several weeks to a couple of months to safely transition to another provider will be subject to this process almost overnight,” Dr. Saluck told the Committee.
Family members of Medicaid recipients testified before the Committee today about the lack of clear information that has so far been provided to them regarding the transition. Family members and durable medical equipment companies impacted by this proposal can communicate electronically with their legislators at www.jamesofnj.org.
The Jersey Association of Medical Equipment Services (JAMES), established in 1978, disseminates information related to the delivery of Home Medical Equipment to providers of these services. It is the goal of the organization to keep its members informed of industry changes and related information necessary to maintain quality of care in providing home medical equipment, supplies and services to the patients who rely on us. Our membership is comprised of more than 70 members and manufacturers doing business in the state of New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.jamesofnj.org or contact us by phone at 732-503-5665.
###JAMES Senate Health Committee Testimony June 2011
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