Medical Home Meeting: May 9, 2017

Hello all!  We’ve been a little MIA so here is a recap of the last few months.  On March 14, 2017 we canceled the meeting due to the ever unpredictable New England Weather.  On April 11, 2017 we were very excited to have Maggie Wurm join us and educate us on Assistive Technology.  It was amazing to be exposed to a range of low and high tech devices.  She spoke about “buy in” from both the child and the adult.  She shared about her family’s long journey to finding devices that work.  Another thank you to Maggie for an excellent presentation! Maggie is hosting an AAC Parent-Caregiver Group, click the blue link for more information.

On May 9, 2017 we gave a warm goodbye to Kathleen Agin at Evercourse who is retiring.  We wish her the best of luck on this new chapter in her life.  During the same meeting we were pleased to have Debra Taylor, Director of the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund present at the Medical Home Meeting.  The purpose of the fund is to “provide financial assistance for MA families who have large expenses due to a child’s illness or disability which are not covered by insurance…”.  Debra was understanding that the application process for the relief fund can be daunting for families, especially due to all the paperwork required.  She expressed that there isn’t much leeway in the process as the relief fund was put into place due to a legislation.  Debra encouraged anyone who is going through the application process to call (1-800-882-1435) with any questions because there are so many different situations it is difficult to explain them all.  She also directed us to utilize the website, Catastrophic Illness Website.  The following is the presentation she shared during the meeting: CICRF Presentation.

Thank you all for your wonderful support thus far this year!  As always, it is a great pleasure to come together during these meetings.  Enjoy the spring weather!

Medical Home Meeting: February 14, 2017

During the January meeting we were inspired by John Badger’s work to collect items for the homeless.  As a group we collected an abundance of socks, blankets, sleeping bags, and other items.  John was very grateful and wanted to say thank you to all that participated.  He said this is the greatest donation he’s received in a long time! It is a great pleasure to be part of such an amazing group.

On February 14, 2017 we had Matthew Semenza present from Caregiver Homes.  Matthew shared the wonderful service that Caregiver Homes offer for the elderly but also for persons with disabilities that are 16 years of age or older.  To qualify for the program, the person needs to have medicare, require 24 hour live-in care, and also need assistance with one or more daily activities.  Matthew stated that the said caregiver needs to live with the individual and cannot be the guardian.  As part of this program the person would receive a daily stipend and laptop to have communication with a nurse.  Anyone can refer a family to see if they qualify for the program.  Matthew Semenza can be reached at (413)233-6481 for any further questions.  Check out this link for more information: Caregiver Homes

We also heard from Christine Vala, RPN and Dr. Tony Delellis from Community, A Walgreen’s Pharmacy located at 619 Chestnut St in Springfield, MA. They had a soft opening on February 22, 2017.  The team was very excited in their ability to work closely with families and providers.  They also have the capacity to help patients have medications delivered, quick prior authorizations (perhaps even verbal authorizations), and access to same day or next day medications.  Something to note is they will only care medications and not medical supplies.  At the time of the meeting they had not opened yet and therefor contact information was not yet available.  Please keep reviewing page, as contact information will be updated.

We thank everyone for attending these wonderful meetings and making the second Tuesday of every month something to look forward to! See you all on March 14, 2017 at 9:15am.


Medical Home Meeting: January 10, 2017

Thank you everyone for joining us this past January at the Medical Home Meeting.  Just a reminder that if a word is underlined or blue, it means you can click on it and it will open up a file or bring you to another link!  Typically I have been trying to attach any handouts that have been brought to the meeting by the speaker.  On January 10, 2017 we had the pleasure of having John Badger speak at the Medical Home Group Meeting.  John Badger is a housing specialist at HAP Housing.  John is very passionate in assisting individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  As a group we’ve decided that we would collect different items such as socks, water, blankets, gloves, and sleeping bags. We will give collected items to John, as he still does community outreach on his personal time to assist the homeless population in surrounding areas.

John explained the process when a person is attempting to obtain assistance from HAP Housing.  He reported that the first step is a pre-assessment appointment.  During the pre-assessment meeting, the person needs to bring in several different documents such as birth certificates, identification, current lease, social security card, income verifications, and any letters supporting changes to income or other factors such as medical.  After the pre-assessment meeting, the family will be contacted by a counselor to discuss further options.  Typically prior to meeting with a counselor, there is a mandatory workshop that discusses budgeting and other housing issues. John discussed the differences between a 14 day breach of payment and a 30 day breach of a lease.  HAP needs more than just the 14 day letter; they need a 30 day notice and in the process of an eviction.  Some reasons for assistance through HAP would be: significant and ongoing loss of income, significant other leaving home or being laid off, theft (police report needed), and/or circumstances that impeded the persons ability to work.

John encouraged people to visit the HAP website .  He also provide us with this hap-housing-handout.  He shared us with the name of the housing discrimination officer, John Fisher, if someone is struggling w/ issues of discrimination in their housing search or eviction process.  John brought some amazing folders packed with information. He stated most of the information is available via the HAP website.  However, here is some of the information that was in the  folder and easy to scan: housingapplications and othertools .

We look forward to seeing everyone during the next meeting and please feel free to bring items such as socks, water, blankets, gloves, and sleeping bags and we will make sure to get it to John Badger!  Again, thank you everyone for your passion around this issue that is a struggle for so many people in our community.