Brylans Feat Foundation

BrightLife Direct is excited to announce we are now sponsoring Brylan’s Feat Foundation! This amazing organization is a financial resource to children in need of lymphedema treatment. Brylan’s Feat Foundation aids these families in providing the garments necessary to manage lymphedema.

Meet Brylan

This young girl was the inspiration that started it all. Brylan was born with lymphedema in her leg and has been wearing compression garments since she was 11 months old. Since she is so young and has a lot of room to grow, that means a LOT of garments. The cost for custom garments is even more than ready-to-wear options, which can take a big toll financially. Knowing that other people are in the same situation, Brylan’s mother, Brittany, founded Brylan’s Feat Foundation to help families acquire the necessary compression garments and wraps for their kids.

About Lymphedema

Lymphedema is characterized by chronic swelling, which occurs most often in the arm or leg. Some people are born with lymphedema, and others develop it after removal or damage to the lymph nodes, such as undergoing breast cancer treatment. Lymphedema can be managed with regular use of compression garments, manual lymph drainage, or other techniques. Without wearing compression garments, the swelling can get worse, and there is an increased risk of infection.

Brylan’s Impact

This wonderful organization is helping to change the lives of so many children. We are honored to have a part in it. Many families struggle to afford compression garments and they are not often covered by insurance. We are happy to sponsor Brylan’s Feat to help change this. Please help get the word out about this fantastic financial resource to aid children with lymphedema!

Learn more or donate today: https://www.brylansfeat.org/

Custom Compression For Kids!

Custom compression garments can be made for people of all shapes and sizes, even kids! It can be difficult to find great compression clothing for kids, especially when it comes to comfort and the fit. Luckily, we’ve found some great options and an awesome story that will give you hope. That being said, meet Lucia.

A popular lymphedema blog, Little Miss Lucia’s Lymphoedema Life, shares the life of Lucia, a young girl diagnosed with Primary Lymphedema. This is a rare condition that is characterized by chronic swelling. Manual Lymphatic Drainage and regularly wearing compression stockings help to manage lymphedema symptoms. While there are plenty of compression stocking brands on the market, nearly all of them are targeted at adults – not children. Though size might be the first problem you think of when buying an adult product for a child, getting a fabric and style that is comfortable for a young person to wear is also a huge issue.

In a touching blog post, we learned about Lucia heading back to school, happily and in style. She was surprised with colorful custom compression stockings made for children that perfectly matched her school uniform! These flashy red compression stockings are custom-made by Juzo to Lucia’s measurements and provide the medical compression she needs. Most importantly, these custom stockings are comfortable for her to wear and allow Lucia to attend school with her brother, Max. For children who need custom compression garments, Juzo offers a variety of colorful options in high compression levels.

Juzo also makes flat knit compression garments for children, including armsleeves! If your child experiences arm swelling from lymphedema in the upper extremity, armsleeves, gauntlets and gloves can help to manage their condition.

More options for kids? Therafirm offers SmartKnit Kids, a line of ready-to-wear socks, compression shirts and more, for children experiencing sensory processing differences. These innovative garments are made with a moisture-wicking fabric to keep your child dry, comfortable, and healthy. Therafirm offers comfortable, healthy clothing for kids, including seamless socks that don’t hurt sensitive feet! Therafirm’s SmartKnit Kids collection offers great, comfortable options for your kids.

The cost of compression garments for kids can be really expensive, especially if a custom garment is required. Luckily, Brylan’s Feat Foundation helps to give children access to the compression garments they need in order to effectively manage lymphedema.

Many brands like Juzo offer custom compression socks for children and adults. If you’re in the market for adult custom compression garments, give us a call at 1-877-545-8585.

 

Does Medicare cover compression garments?

This is a question that we are frequently asked.  The short answer is “No”.  However, there is legislation currently before congress that would direct Medicare to cover compression garments for the treatment of lymphedema.

There is one exception in the current Medicare policy.  Coverage may be provided if you are being treated by a doctor for a venous statis ulcer on your leg and have a prescription from your Doctor for compression stockings and liners for this condition. BrightLife Direct sells several ulcer care stockings including the Jobst UlcerCare with Zipper and Mediven Dual Layer Stocking System.  Here’s the nitty gritty from Medicare:

The beneficiary must have an open venous stasis ulcer that has been treated by a physician or other healthcare professional requiring medically necessary debridement.  The gradient stocking must be proven to deliver compression greater than 30 mm Hg. and less than 50 mmHg.  When a covered gradient compression stocking is provided to a patient with an open venous stasis ulcer, the modifier AW (item furnished in conjunction with a surgical dressing) must be appended or the claim will be denied as a non-covered service.  Gradient compression stockings are non-covered for the following conditions:
Venous insufficiency without stasis ulcers
Prevention of stasis ulcers

The Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy Cost Saving Act of 2010 (HR4662) was introduced in the House of Representatives by North Carolina Congressman Larry Kissell. This is a bi-partisan effort and currently has 58 co-sponsors in the House.  This bill would establish a new benefit category to cover the compression bandages, compression garments and compression devices used in the treatment of lymphedema.  The Medicare Evidence Development Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) concluded at their meeting last November that existing evidence gives reasonable confidence that use of compression bandage systems and compression garments improve the health of lymphedema patients.

To read a summary or a the entire bill click here.

You can help get this bill passed by emailing or phoning your congressperson.

Pete@BrightLife Direct
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