Also referred to as skin substitutes, cellular and tissue-based products (CTPs) include non-autologous human skin grafts, non-human skin substitute grafts, and biological products that form a sheet scaffolding. They're increasingly being used in the wound care clinic for the treatment of non-healing wounds including diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, and venous ulcers. In order to ensure optimal patient care and a smooth insurance reimbursement process, it's important for wound care clinicians to strive for accurate documentation when using CTPs. Christina Le, CNO and Nick Jagodzinski, Atlantic Regional Clinical Coordinator, offer five helpful tips to help you avoid claim denials.
'Tis the season for multiple celebrations - and plenty of culinary temptations! It's important for your patients - especially those with diabetes - to be extra mindful of their dietary intake during the holidays. Here are some healthy holiday eating tips for wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy patients.
Back in 2011, our CEO Mike Comer wrote a blog post about whether to rent or buy a hyperbaric chamber for an outpatient wound care program, and that post continues to generate interest to this day. Since that time, our industry has experienced many changes, but the interest and need for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is still very much alive.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Great American Smokeout. How are we doing? The good: Cigarette use is down. The bad: The consumption of nicotine in other forms is rising. And that's not good for wound care patients.
I've been told more than once that finding a good wound care physician is like finding a needle in a haystack! It's not really that difficult, but there are some things you should know if you're in the market for one now, or if you plan on opening a wound care and hyperbaric medicine program in the future.
It's important to know how to navigate the reimbursement landscape when using cellular and tissue-based products (CTP) for wound care patients. In this post, COO Rylan Smith offers his insights on how to make the best decisions for your patients when using skin substitutes.
Whether the needs are physical, emotional or financial, literally everything we do and every decision we make affects patient care. Nick Jagodzinski, WCA's Atlantic Regional Clinical Coordinator, talks about the rule that guides our company.
A few years after his toes were amputated due to a diabetes-related infection, Doug Davie noticed a stubborn wound on the bottom of his right foot. Concerned about amputation, he visited the Rio Grande Hospital wound center for an evaluation. After several months of specialized treatment including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Davie's wound has completely healed and he's returned to his normal everyday activities. Meet Mr. Davie and the dedicated wound care team at Rio Grande Hospital in rural Colorado.
A community hospital is a place where care comes to the patient, vs. the other way around. In rural areas, it can be difficult for wound care patients who need to travel long distances for weekly appointments or daily hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions. Our guest contributor, Arlene Harms, CEO of Rio Grande Hospital, explains how a small group of people in rural Colorado turned their dream into a reality.
As we evaluate wound care programs across the country, we often hear this question from hospital executives. "We see a lot of patients in our clinic, but we aren't making any money. Why?" This post highlights three key areas that hospital leadership should understand about wound care program finances.
In today's healthcare environment, it's important to find innovative ways to save on costs while improving patient outcomes and maximizing profits. One of the most compelling areas for consideration is to merge inpatient and outpatient wound care programs.
Medicare and other providers have increased scrutiny of modifier 25, and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has identified it as a potential area of overuse or misuse, thereby increasing the possibility of audits. Here's what you need to know.