Prime Source GPO Membership Application Agreement
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As evidenced by, and effective upon, by reading and agreeing this Prime Source GPO Membership Application, the member identified on this application (the “Member”) hereby agrees to abide by the terms of this GPO Membership Application with Prime Source National Corporation d/b/a Prime Source GPO (“PSG”) and the PSG GPO terms and conditions (“GPO Terms and Conditions”) on behalf of itself and its subsidiaries and affiliates, if any, identified in this membership application (“Participating Facilities”). Collectively, the Prime Source GPO Membership Application and Prime Source GPO Terms and Conditions are referred to as this “Agreement.”
- Participation in GPO Program. PSG is a group purchasing organization (“GPO”) that provides group purchasing programs through which Member and Participating Facilities may purchase certain products and services (“Covered Products and Services”) from participating vendors (“Vendors”) with whom PSG contracts (“Vendor Contracts”). Member hereby engages PSG to act as its Primary GPO (as such term is defined in the GPO Terms and Conditions) and is hereby granted access to Vendor Contracts, pursuant to which Member and/or Participating Facilities may purchase Covered Products and Services available thereunder for use by Member and Participating Facilities. Member represents and warrants that all Covered Products and Services purchased, licensed, or leased by Member and/or Participating Facilities under Vendor Contracts will be for their own use in the provision of services by Member and/or Participating Facilities, and not for resale or distribution to third parties other than in the course of furnishing facility-related services.
- Vendor Contracts. Member hereby authorizes PSG, as its GPO agent, to: (i) negotiate the terms of, enter into,cancel, or modify any Vendor Contracts as it deems necessary, advisable, or appropriate; (ii) receive from Vendors data relating to purchases of Covered Products and Services under Vendor Contracts by Member and Participating Facilities; and (iii) collect certain rebates and utilize good faith efforts to collect rebates payable on Member’s and Participating Facilities’ purchases through Vendor Contracts. Member acknowledges that Vendors shall have final right of approval over Member’s and each Participating Facility’s participation under Vendor Contracts. Member hereby agrees to be bound to any and all letters of commitment, letters of participation, or any other similar document executed by Member and intended to evidence Member’s and Participating Facilities’ intended participation in a Vendor Contract. Member agrees that PSG is acting as a negotiator and will neither take title to, nor be obligated to pay for, any products and/or services whatsoever by virtue of this Agreement or any order placed or purchases made by Member or any Participating Facilities. Member (and not PSG) shall be solely responsible for compliance with Vendor Contract terms and conditions and Member shall be solely liable for all purchases and orders made pursuant to any Vendor Contracts. The provisions of this Section shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement.
- Compliance with Laws. Member and Participating Facilities shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations (“Applicable Laws”).
- GPO Fees. PSG hereby informs Member and Member acknowledges that, for administrative and other services provided by PSG, PSG will receive payment of fees from Vendors from which Member and Participating Facilities purchase Covered Goods and Services (“GPO Fees”) of three percent (3%) or less of the purchase prices of the Covered Goods and Services provided by those Vendors to Member and Participating Facilities. In the event that a Vendor Contract involves GPO Fees payable to PSG that exceed three percent (3%) of the purchase price of Covered Goods or Services purchased by Member and Participating Facilities, PSG will, on the PSG “Fees Disclosure” document located on its website at www.primesourcegpo.com and incorporated herein by reference, specify the amount (or, if not known, the maximum amount) that PSG will be paid by such Vendor for such purchases. PSG shall disclose in writing to Member at least annually, and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services upon request, the amount of GPO Fees received from each Vendor with respect to purchases made by or on behalf of Member and Participating Facilities in accordance with the federal Anti-Kickback Statute regulations applicable to GPOs (42 C.F.R. § 1001.952(j)).
- Term and Termination. This Agreement will remain in effect commencing on the date signed by the Member until terminated pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. In the event of a breach of any provision of this Agreement by Member or any Participating Facility, PSG shall notify Member in writing of the specific nature of the breach and if Member or the breaching Participating Facility does not cure the breach within thirty (30) days of receiving such notice, PSG may immediately terminate this Agreement. Either party may terminate this Agreement without cause or penalty upon written notice to the other party. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason whatsoever, PSG shall have no further obligations under this Agreement to Member or Participating Facilities (except as noted herein), and this Agreement shall be null and void and without any force or effect. Termination shall not preclude PSG from pursuing any and all remedies available to it at law or equity.
- General. This Agreement may only be amended by a written agreement bearing handwritten signatures of authorized agents of each of the parties and expressing an intent to be bound by the terms of such an amendment, except that the GPO Terms and Conditions may be modified in accordance with its terms. A facsimile or scanned copy of a handwritten signature shall be sufficient for purposes of this Agreement. This Agreement, including all exhibits referenced herein, constitutes the entire understanding and agreement between the parties concerning the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior negotiations, agreements and understandings between the parties, whether oral or in writing, concerning the subject matter hereof. The terms on any exhibits, attachments, quotations, proposals, or pre-printed form documents between PSG and Member shall have no effect and the terms of this Agreement shall control. In the event of a conflict between the terms of this GPO Participation Agreement and the GPO Terms and Conditions, the GPO Terms and Conditions shall control and govern. Any waiver of a breach of any provision(s) of this Agreement shall not be deemed effective unless in writing and signed by the party against whom enforcement of the waiver is sought. Member shall not assign, subcontract, delegate or otherwise transfer this Agreement or any of its rights or obligations hereunder, without PSG’s prior written consent. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns. If any part of this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable by any valid act of Congress or act of any state legislature or by any regulation duly promulgated by the United States or a state acting in accordance with the law, or declared null and void by any court of competent jurisdiction, then such part shall be reformed, if possible, to conform to the law and, in any event, the remaining parts of this Agreement shall be fully effective and operative insofar as reasonably possible
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Economic Impact of Urinary Incontinence in US Nursing Homes
Urinary incontinence describes when a person leaks urine by accident. The body stores urine in the bladder. During urination, muscles in the bladder tighten for urine to move through the urethra. While this is occurring, the muscles around the urethra relax so urine can pass out of the body. When the muscles do not relax and tighten in the way that they should, urine can leak. Usually incontinence occurs when muscles relax without warning.
Urinary incontinence can happen to anyone, but is most common among the elderly, especially elderly women. More than 70% of nursing home residents in the US experience urinary incontinence (UI) typically affecting 25.6% of men and 48.4% of women residing in long term care settings that resulted in significant quality of life and dignity concerns. Incontinence may occur due to urinary tract infections, vaginal infection, weak pelvic floor muscles, overactive bladder muscles, blockage from an enlarged prostate, constipation, weak bladder muscles. It can also be due to diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease can not realize that it is time to urinate, forget to go to the bathroom, or have trouble finding the toilet. In order to help those with Alzheimer’s to reduce incontinence issues, caregivers can:
- Keep the bathroom and pathways to it lit, clear and clutter-free
- Make sure to allow regular bathroom breaks
- Provide underwear that is easy to get on and off
Prime Source Healthcare Solutions understands the importance of providing proper care for vulnerable populations. Empowering owners and operators with data-driven interdisciplinary expense models, Prime Source Healthcare Solutions provides cost efficient solutions, a network of powerful purchasing contracts and an experienced team of expense advisors to help improve a facility’s performance and drive sustainable growth throughout the organization.
The Impact of Hands on Education, Quality Incontinence Briefs and Wipes in Sub-Acute/LTC Facilities Study Overview
By: M. Sanantonio RN, C. Gunner RN, S. Trousaant LVN, M. Moore LVN
It is important for skilled nursing facilities to utilize quality incontinent products for their residents that are facing the daily challenges of both bladder and bowel incontinence. However, products alone do not make for a successful continence management program. It is imperative that the caregivers receive education in multiple areas that ultimately have an effect on the resident’s quality of life, quality outcomes and overall facility cost efficiencies. This study demonstrates the combination of quality incontinent products and education and its overall effectiveness in skilled nursing facilities. Read more.
Incontinence Solutions Program
Medline’s comprehensive, easy-to-implement Incontinence Solutions Program emphasizes practice and technique combined with high-quality products to help caregivers work through the challenges of managing incontinence. From online education to product sizing tools, Medline goes beyond briefs to help you provide the best care and improve outcomes. Medline’s comprehensive, easy-to-implement Incontinence Solutions. Read more.
Are You Wondering What the Election Results Mean for Post-Acute Care?
By Lisa M. Wickens-Alteri, President of Capital Health Consulting, LLC, Albany, NY
It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, Republican, liberal or a conservative, everyone wants our Country to come together and move forward as one. With a number of races still undecided and absentee ballots still being counted in state races while other positions are contested the majority of our focus has shifted back to COVID-19. So, what do the election results mean for health care, specifically long-term care?
Let’s start with what we do know: the number one priority in our country today is preparing for the imminent next wave of COVID that will share the limelight with our regularly scheduled ‘influenza’. Weeks prior to November 3, 2020, all candidates, no matter what position they were campaigning for, identified and connected with the American people; the number one priority was COVID. With a short window between peaks of the novel virus, health care providers are still restoring staff and supplies and grappling with the financial challenges and unhealthy census numbers that were left behind due to the first wave of COVID.
Improved infection control protocols that have been revised a second, third or fourth time, improved testing along with the knowledge the industry has gained during this global crisis doesn’t change the intensity of the next wave we are facing or the results of the elections. What we do know now is the President, Congressmen, Senators and officials that have been elected are all too familiar with the country’s shared priority: to prevent the spread of COVID, keep citizens safe and get a vaccine out to the public.
Over the next six to seven weeks the focus on who is in which position will wane. Post-acute care facilities need to build up their leaders, motivate and encourage their health teams and remind them they are still the heroes, they are the individuals that are making a difference every day.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS EACH OF YOUR DIRECTORS ARE BALANCING PATIENT CARE DELIVERY WITH SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS?
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RSV: Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Did you know?
Annually, there more than 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths due to RSV?
RSV, Respiratory Syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) Virus, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for older adults. According to the CDC, RSV is a significant cause of respiratory illness in older adults. Read more About RSV.
Respiratory Care Week Oct 25-31
Respiratory Care Week is a time to celebrate respiratory therapists and the high-quality work that they perform. Due to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, respiratory therapists have studied the damage that coronavirus does to the lungs. COVID-19 can cause complications to the lungs such as pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and possibly sepsis, which can cause harm to the lungs as well as other organs.
Proper respiratory care improves the lives of the elderly.
Due to weakened immune systems, the elderly are more susceptible to respiratory illnesses. Some respiratory diseases that they are predisposed to contract include the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma.
Prime Source Healthcare Solutions dedicated team of highly trained purchasing specialists work with vendors and affiliates to provide the most cost-effective respiratory care services available.
Food Accounts For Nearly 50%* Of Facility Costs
Improving nutrition, quality and expenses to optimize the resident experience
The FDA has been working to ensure that hospitals and healthcare facilities have the resources they need to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute for Supply Management found that nearly 75 percent of companies have experienced some sort of supply-chain disruption due to coronavirus.
Although healthcare organizations typically enter a GPO to receive lower costs based on group buying, there are additional measures that can help facilities reduce expenses without compromising quality. And with food spend accounting for nearly 50% of a facilities expenses, not including pharmacy expenses, it’s critical post-acute, long term and senior care facilities optimize their food spend and avoid cost reductions that result in lower customer satisfaction or impact quality care outcomes.
The coronavirus pandemic hit the food supply chain hard resulting in cancelled orders and a lower demand for product. Federal regulations aim to make nursing home menus more resident-centered. This has become difficult as facilities are still facing staffing and cost issues.
Empowering owners and operators with data-driven interdisciplinary expense models, Prime Source Healthcare Solutions provides cost efficient solutions, a network of powerful purchasing contracts and an experienced team of expense advisors to help improve a facility’s performance and drive sustainable growth throughout the organization.
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Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. It is the body’s overactive response to an infection. Normally the immune system fights germs in order to prevent infection. When the infection does occur, and the body fails to fight the infection and instead fights itself, this is sepsis.
Sepsis is the most expensive inpatient cost in American hospitals, costing approximately $27 billion each year. A cure for sepsis has not been found, therefore early detection and treatment is essential for recovery. Nearly 30% of survivors diagnosed with severe sepsis do not survive, while up to 50% of survivors suffer from post-sepsis syndrome. Severe sepsis symptoms include organ dysfunction, difficulty breathing, low or no urine output, liver dysfunction and changes in mental state. Almost all patients with severe sepsis require ICU treatment.
Prime Source Healthcare Solutions collaborates with industry experts and vendors, suppliers and distributors to source game-changing products and services to help you keep your facility proactive in fighting infection.
COVID TESTING DEMANDS
A surge in coronavirus testing in the United States is leaving the supply chain stretched. As a rise in cases pop up in the South and West, testing centers are overwhelmed and struggling to keep up with the demands. Quest Diagnostics and BioReference are just some of the medical testing companies in the US that have reported their systems being overwhelmed. At the start of the pandemic, these companies struggled with supplying testing kits, now the issue is a shortage of equipment needed to process test results. Quest Diagnostics stated they will be delivering COVID-19 test results in one day for hospitalized patients, patients facing emergency surgery, and symptomatic healthcare workers. All others will have to wait three to five days for results. This shortage is due to large companies testing their employees all at once, hospitals testing patients who need an elective procedure, and nursing homes testing their staff and residents. The surge has also overwhelmed suppliers who are having trouble producing and delivering product. The Harvard Global Institute reported that in the final weeks of June the U.S. tested more than 500,000 people a day. They also stated that the U.S. must test at least 1.2 million people a day to control the outbreak and at least 4.3 a day to eradicate it.
How to Dispose of PPE in the workplace
As stay-at-home orders are beginning to lift and more non-essential workers are returning to work in the office, companies are deciding how to enforce social distancing techniques and personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided guidance on how to properly dispose of PPE in the workplace. To ensure safety, it is important to remember these steps:
- Practice proper hygiene, such as handwashing, when putting on, removing, and disposing of PPE
- After removing PPE, the gear should be placed in a bag and tied before throwing in the garbage
- It is recommended that employees can clean the trash bin with disinfectant regularly.
How to Monitor Employees and Ensure Safety After Returning to Work
Reopening the nation does not mean that everything will go right back to what it once was. A post-COVID world will involve a new normal that will take adjusting to. The post-COVID work world will hold a lot of changes and employers need to prepare for the shift that is inevitably occurring. Social distancing and daily health habits will be incorporated into everyday life. Employers are coming to terms with the fact that limiting time off policies are no longer plausible. Many companies are adopting more flexible time off policies as well as encouraging telework and limiting contact whenever feasible. Stressing over time off is a thing of the past, as more and more employers are encouraging their staff members to stay home if they are feeling ill.
Before employees return to work it is important to ensure that your facility has been properly cleaned and disinfected. It is important to establish daily health checks and have an action plan if a staff member contracts COVID-19. Employers can promote a healthy work environment by promoting healthy hygiene practices, intensifying cleaning, and encouraging alternative community and telework whenever possible.