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Quality Measures And Value-Based Payment: What Wound Care Clinicians Should Know

Caroline E. Fife, MD | 14,934 reads | 0 comments | 08/28/2012

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which the Supreme Court recently upheld, creates a new value-based payment modifier. Starting in 2015, this payment modifier will provide differential payments to doctors based on quality and cost of care. Since the payment adjustments are to be budget neutral, some physicians will receive bonuses and others penalties under this provision. It is likely that payment based on quality measures will soon represent a substantial portion of a physician’s income.

Assessing And Monitoring Wound Progression With The Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment Tool

Alison J. Garten DPM | 3,042 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/2017

I recently read several studies that discussed the Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment Tool (BWAT) scores.1-4 While reading the study, I realized I was not familiar with this type of wound assessment tool. So what is it?

One can use this tool to measure/grade a wound initially and use it at regular intervals to track and evaluate the effectiveness of therapy. The BWAT consists of 15 items, two of which are not scored (location and shape). The sum of the remaining 13 items is the total BWAT score.

Certification And Wound Care Expertise: Are They One And The Same?

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS | 8,299 reads | 6 comments | 05/04/2012

First, I would like to thank the readers for taking the time to review the topics I have presented regarding the world of wound care.

If you read my blog, you are likely seeking some insight or clinical perspectives that may help you in managing patients with chronic wounds from a variety of etiologies.

This month, I would like to turn the tables and gain some knowledge from you, my respected colleagues, on your approach to things, specifically how you have attained your level of expertise.

Taking Advantage Of ‘App’ Technology To Make Wound Care More Efficient

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD | 3,678 reads | 0 comments | 08/02/2011

For a number of years, we at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) have been discussing the philosophical similarities between what we have called “wound chemotherapy” — or the instillation of therapeutics into a wound by way of a negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device — and the iPhone (or perhaps more apropos, the iPad).

Imagine a day when you will be able to do the following.

A Guide To Conservative Care For Plantar Fasciitis

Joseph C. D’Amico, DPM | 2,440 reads | 0 comments | 10/24/2017

Conservative care is a mainstay for the large population of patients with proximal plantar fasciitis. Accordingly, this author takes a critical look at the research on conservative treatments such as stretching, injections and orthoses with an emphasis on addressing underlying biomechanical factors.

Reviewing The Essentials Of Prescribing Wound Dressings

Lee C. Rogers, DPM | 1,999 reads | 0 comments | 09/26/2017

Combating Biofilms In The Chronic Wound

James McGuire, DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc, and Jeffrey D’Alessandro, BS | 5,120 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/2016

Given the complexity of biofilm in lower extremity wounds, these authors offer a closer look on how biofilm develops, keys to eradicating biofilm and emerging modalities that may have an impact in the future.

Current Insights On Selection Criteria For Wound Dressings

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 854 reads | 0 comments | 10/20/2017

These expert panelists discuss which dressings to use for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), venous leg ulcers and pressure ulcers with varying degrees of drainage.

Q:

What are the most effective dressings to use with DFUs with no or mild drainage? What about DFUs with heavy drainage?

Emerging Insights On Mesenchymal Stem Cells And Wound Healing

Hayley Iosue, DPM, and Thanh Dinh, DPM, FACFAS | 1,718 reads | 0 comments | 07/26/2017

Research has suggested mesenchymal stem cells can effectively enhance wound healing, helping repair and regenerate damaged tissue. These authors examine how these stem cells can positively affect the wound environment and review the research on potential delivery systems.

Keys To Optimal Wound Dressing Selection

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 3,855 reads | 0 comments | 06/21/2016

These expert panelists offer advice on choosing antimicrobial or conventional dressings, the use of antiseptics in wounds, and what emerging dressings show promise.

Q:

What kind of antimicrobial dressings do you use?