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Essential Tips On ICD-10 And Wound Care Coding

Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA | 14,089 reads | 0 comments | 10/24/2016

Since ICD-10 has been fully implemented, podiatry practices are expected to provide the most accurate coding possible. This author offers a practical guide to diagnostic coding for ulcers and wounds, and pertinent insights on the nuances of adding fifth, sixth and seventh characters to your coding for ulcers and wounds.

Current And Emerging Debridement Options In Wound Care

Suhad A. Hadi, DPM, FACFAS, and Rebecca Inwood, DPM | 3,881 reads | 0 comments | 11/23/2016

Given the well-documented importance of debridement in converting a chronic wound to an acute wound, these authors explore the merits of various methods of debridement with an eye on newer modalities such as hydrosurgery and ultrasound-guided debridement.

Challenges And Conundrums With Wound Care Coding

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 2,284 reads | 0 comments | 02/23/2017

These panelists provide a guide to tackling common coding dilemmas, appropriate coding for wound debridement, skin grafts and substitutes, and advice for new doctors when learning to code.

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What is your advice for a new practitioner who is learning how to code and bill for your service?

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Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS, advises not waiting until you graduate from the residency program to learn how to code.

What’s In Your Wound Care Toolbox?

Alison J. Garten DPM | 1,899 reads | 0 comments | 04/07/2016

What wound care products do you commonly use? I recently listened to Kathleen Schaum, MS, at a Wound Clinic Business meeting and was astonished to learn there are approximately 65 skin substitutes currently on the market. This is in addition to all the other products: dressings, negative pressure devices, offloading devices, etc.   

Recent Study Shows Impact Of Aggressive Wound Care In Multidisciplinary Setting

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD | 566 reads | 0 comments | 05/19/2017

A recent study finds that aggressive wound care by the multidisciplinary team is vital in reducing the time to wound healing.1

Principles In Pain Management For Wound Care Patients

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, Ryan Lockhart, BS, and Zoe Birnbaum, BS | 2,918 reads | 0 comments | 07/26/2016

A significant number of wound care patients may present to your office with chronic pain present for more than three months. These authors provide a guide to treating patients with mild, moderate and severe pain, and review key principles in prescribing and monitoring opioid use.

Weighing Standards Of Wound Care Against Physician Ethics

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS | 1,390 reads | 0 comments | 12/04/2015

Standard of care includes the watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable physician would exercise. Healthcare providers have a duty to provide the aforementioned actions to patients. As such, "standard of care" is a legal concept, not a medical concept. Accordingly, failure to meet the standard of care is negligence and the injured party may claim any damages resulting from such negligence in a lawsuit.

Counseling Wound Care Patients On Nutrition And Supplements

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 4,282 reads | 0 comments | 02/24/2016

Nutrition can be a key factor in healing chronic wounds. These panelists discuss how to address nutrition and weight loss with wound care patients, and share recommendations on nutritional supplements.

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Do you counsel your patients regarding nutrition for wound healing purposes?

Reducing Shear Pressure To Facilitate Healing Of A Dorsal Foot Wound

Lakshmi K. Shankhdhar, MD, PGDND, DMRE, MAMS, FICN, FHMI (Boston), Kshitij Shankhdhar, MBBS, MD, Dip Diab, FICN, FAPWCA, Uma Shankhdhar, MBBS, DND, DDM, and Smita Shankhdhar, MBBS, MUPMA, MICN | 3,156 reads | 0 comments | 04/28/2016

These authors address the impact of shear forces in the treatment of a dorsal ulcer initially caused by a toe ring worn by a 61-year-old patient.

A Guide To Microvascular Assessment For Wound Healing

Michelle Winder, BS, and Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc, FACFAS | 8,147 reads | 0 comments | 04/22/2015

While physicians commonly check pedal pulses and the ankle brachial index to assess vascularity, microvascular testing methods are also key to assessing wound healing potential. Accordingly, these authors offer current insights on the toe brachial index, photoplethysmography, skin perfusion pressure and transcutaneous oxygen pressure.