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Coding And Wound Care: What You Should Know

Barbara Aung, DPM, CWS, CPMA, CSFAC | 29,166 reads | 0 comments | 09/24/2015

As ICD-10 requirements take effect, this author discusses accurate coding in wound care, particularly for dressing changes and debridement, so your facility can get optimal reimbursement for services.

The topic of wound care coding has been the subject of coverage in many publications and by many “experts” in the field. I would like to share my insights as a continuing student in the arena of wound care and coding.

Managing Neuropathy And Pain In Wound Care Patients

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 3,481 reads | 0 comments | 08/18/2015

Given the challenges of addressing neuropathy in patients with wounds, these expert panelists discuss diagnostic keys and share insights on treatments including medications, non-pharmaceutical treatments and adjunctive options.

Q:

How often do you encounter neuropathic patients and how often do you schedule them for treatment?

When Should We Refer A Patient To A Wound Care Center?

Eric H. Espensen, DPM, DABMSP, and Amy Wong, MS III | 11,322 reads | 0 comments | 01/22/2015

When should we refer a patient?

What You Should Know About Emerging Wound Care Dressings

Cloe Hakakian, BS, and Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 30,854 reads | 0 comments | 07/23/2014

Selecting the right wound dressing can be challenging given the wide variety of dressings on the market and the different stages of wound healing. Accordingly, these authors discuss an array of modalities ranging from hydrogels and collagen dressings to antimicrobial dressings and the use of advanced adjunctive modalities to help facilitate improved healing.

Remembering Nutritional Analysis In The Wound Care Patient

Alison J. Garten DPM | 2,077 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/2014

While attending a conference a several weeks ago, I ran into a colleague whose passion and expertise, like mine, is wound care. Our conversation centered upon the topic of nutrition and how often as doctors, we omit the patient's dietary habits in our treatment strategies. We are so focused on healing the wound that we may overlook the basics that would assist the healing process.

Exploring The Potential Of Advanced Wound Care Products For Diabetic Wounds

E. Giannin Perez, DPM, MS, and Khurram H. Khan, DPM, FACFAS | 12,215 reads | 0 comments | 11/22/2013

Wound healing is a challenging task for any podiatric physician, especially for our high-risk patients with diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes has consequences for all aspects of the body but is especially detrimental to wound healing. Patients with diabetes have a 15 to 25 percent lifetime risk of developing foot ulcers and their annual treatment costs are estimated to be about $30,000.1

A Closer Look At Topical Therapies In Wound Care

John Giurini, DPM, FACFAS, and Allyson Berglund, DPM | 18,171 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/2013

Given the increasing numbers of diabetic wounds among the populace and the complex environment of wounds, it is crucial to have a grasp of effective topical treatment options that can facilitate healing. These authors discuss factors that affect wound healing as well as treatment options ranging from hydrogel dressings and calcium alginate to split thickness skin grafts, foams and biologics.

What The Affordable Care Act Means For Wound Care Practitioners

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS | 6,657 reads | 1 comments | 12/10/2012

The 2012 presidential election has passed. Gone with it is any chance that I would expand my practice in the foreseeable future.

A Guide To Pain Management In Wound Care

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 12,505 reads | 0 comments | 10/26/2012

These panelists discuss identifying the etiology of pain in patients with wounds and share their perspectives on various treatment modalities ranging from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to the use of regional nerve blocks before surgery.

When Not To Use Advanced Wound Care Modalities

Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDE, CWS | 9,318 reads | 0 comments | 04/19/2013

The statistics are alarming. The morbidity and mortality associated with lower extremity wounds are high, and we are constantly exposed to new options to help heal our patients. The toolbox for the wound care clinician has expanded exponentially in the past decade and it seems as though we are learning more and more daily about the basic science behind wound care.