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Coding And Wound Care: What You Should Know

Barbara Aung, DPM, CWS, CPMA, CSFAC | 30,852 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.

Weighing Standards Of Wound Care Against Physician Ethics

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS | 1,487 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.

Managing Neuropathy And Pain In Wound Care Patients

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 3,635 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.

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

Why You Should Discuss FMLA With Your Wound Care Patients

Alison J. Garten DPM | 1,854 reads | 0 comments | 05/26/2015

How many times have you started to treat a wound care patient who is financially stable and he comes and tells you he has lost his job? His wound has been present for years but now that he is improving due to your care, he has lost his job due to missing work for appointments he needed to treat these wounds.

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

Eric H. Espensen, DPM, DABMSP, and Amy Wong, MS III | 11,866 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 | 32,817 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 | 2,115 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.

A Closer Look At Topical Therapies In Wound Care

John Giurini, DPM, FACFAS, and Allyson Berglund, DPM | 18,468 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.

Exploring The Potential Of Advanced Wound Care Products For Diabetic Wounds

E. Giannin Perez, DPM, MS, and Khurram H. Khan, DPM, FACFAS | 12,462 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

Navigating Pain Management Prescriptions In Wound Care

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 16,833 reads | 0 comments | 12/19/2012

Offering insights and perspectives on prescribing medication for patients with painful wounds, these expert panelists discuss drugs for neuropathic pain, extended-release narcotics and how to be wary of pain medication “seekers.”

Q: Do you use gabapentin (Neurontin, Pfizer), pregabalin (Lyrica, Pfizer), or duloxetine (Cymbalta, Eli Lilly) and other medications for neuropathic pain? A:

“I would estimate that not a day goes by in which I have not prescribed antinociceptive therapy for neuropathic pain,” says Allen Jacobs, DPM.