This session is a real life case study of a geriatric clinician who is undergoing a Medicare audit for wound care services rendered in a nursing home. This real life case, in which all of her nurse practitioner (NP) services have been down-coded or denied, represents the tip of the iceberg for what can happen to wound care doctors and NPs all over the industry. This session will offer the perspectives of the affected geriatric NP and physician recounting their experience, and the perspective of an attorney who will discuss strategies to prevent or respond to such an audit.
Wound care clinicians know how to obtain a health history and complete a physical assessment in order to evaluate risk factors for wound development and delayed healing. However, standard assessments rarely include patient or healthcare related environmental factors known to affect patient outcomes including education level. This session will explore these factors to help clinicians plan optimal strategies of care and provide tips and tools to assess and address education levels and health literacy.
Significant factors that affect cutaneous wound healing and the potential cellular and/or molecular mechanisms involved include alcohol consumption, smoking, and nutrition. In this session presenters will discuss how you can engage a patient in “behavior change,” which can help with a variety of other maladies, including substance abuse, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and non-adherence.
Healing is an important outcome of wound treatment. However other outcomes may be equally or more important such as prevention of mortality, mitigation of morbidity, quality of life improvement, time to healing, and wound size reduction. This session will highlight the current endpoints in wound healing clinical studies and explore how new endpoints might be considered to allow clinicians to use a wider array of treatments based in evidence.
For many involved in the delivery of wound care, wound healing is a minor part of their professional life. This session will discuss how clinicians can expand wound healing knowledge, and acquire the needed skills to feel comfortable increasing their clinical activities in wound care to make it a more significant part of their professional practice. This session will also discuss how to obtain the critical knowledge needed to become a skilled full time practicing wound care provider.
Every year the wound care/Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) businesses and qualified healthcare professionals working in wound care and/or HBOT expect new product/procedure codes and new payment rates. 2014 is no exception! However, 2014 has presented the industry with some unexpected coding, payment, and coverage changes. The attendees at this session will receive a first-hand review of these expected and unexpected 2014 reimbursement changes and how this impacts inpatient and outpatient wound care.
Saturday April 26, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 3 - TBAGaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center
The increased emphasis on evidence-based practice has resulted in publication of a wide variety of guidelines for wound care. After each SAWC/WHS session describing guidelines attendees have asked, “How can I make these guidelines work to provide consistent care that heals my patients?” This session describes how evidence-based content-validated guideline implementation tools and techniques have been used to facilitate patient care in clinical practice and to train future wound care professionals in medical universities.
This session will discuss novel wound care delivery technologies that allow for better wound care documentation and increased interdisciplinary communication. The wide application and innovation of telemedicine with practical clinical examples and current literature will be reviewed. Participants will also be encouraged to expand their thinking about virtual wound care delivery and smart phone applications on wound care.