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  • 07/12/2019 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    APWCA’s Weekly Wound Care Report which has the latest developments in wound care news publication featuring the following articles:

    • The role of wound care clinicians in combating lethal infections

    • Treating professional burnout when you're the doctor

    • Take 5 minutes and pause when providing care becomes overwhelming

    • The uphill path to value-based wound care with nutritional assessment

    • Managing wounds with exposed bone and tendon with an esterified hyaluronic acid matrix (eHAM): A literature review and personal experience

    • These legislation changes may affect how you practice medicine

    • A two-layer skin construct consisting of a collagen hydrogel reinforced by a fibrin-coated polylactide nanofibrous membrane

    July 11, 2019 | Archives

  • 07/05/2019 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    APWCA’s Weekly Wound Care Report which has the latest developments in wound care news publication featuring the following articles:

    • Diabetic foot ulcer outcomes improve with better access, more comprehensive care
    • Skin perfusion pressure and wound closure time in lower extremity wounds
    • Researchers push for revision of IDSA diabetic foot infection classification
    • Healthcare providers on the brink
    • Surgical diabetic foot debridement: Improving training and practice utilizing the traffic light principle
    • Could patient 'selfies' improve clinical care?
    • Profile and antibiotic susceptibility of bacterial pathogens associated with diabetic foot ulcers from a rural area
    • Evaluation of orthotic insoles for people with diabetes who are at-risk of first ulceration
    • Frequently asked questions about support surfaces

    July 3, 2019 | Archives

  • 07/05/2019 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    Your APWCA recently collaborated with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and others in an effort to combat an unfair policy from WPS Government Health Administrators. WPS is the Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, and Indiana. WPS released the Local Coverage Article, "A55909: Wound Care Coding Companion for Wound Care L37228”. This article excluded coverage for CPT 97597 (Debridement (eg, high pressure waterjet with/without suction, sharp selective debridement with scissors, scalpel and forceps), open wound, (eg, fibrin, devitalized epidermis and/or dermis, exudate, debris, biofilm), including topical application(s), wound assessment, use of a whirlpool, when performed and instruction(s) for ongoing care, per session, total wound(s) surface area; first 20 sq cm or less) when the depth of the ulcer debrided is limited to breakdown of skin. A letter was written to WPS challenging this exclusion and requesting that WPS provide peer-reviewed literature that supports this exclusion.

  • 06/26/2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    APWCA’s Weekly Wound Care Report which has the latest developments in wound care news publication featuring the following articles:

    • Wound dressing selection is more than a choice
    • Managing your workflow to meet regulations
    • How to manage disfiguring scars in involuted infantile hemangioma
    • The utility of smartphone applications, technology in wound healing
    • Skin perfusion pressure, wound closure time in lower extremity wounds
    • The psychic compost of your healthcare career
    • Study: Relationships among spiritual well-being, adjustment and quality of life in patients with a stoma
    • Thousands of diabetic foot ulcers patients could benefit from topical oxygen therapy with updated treatment pathway
    • Why your healthcare facility should have a wound expert

    June 26, 2019 | Archives


  • 06/25/2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous
    APWCA contributed to the effort by the Alliance of Would Care Stakeholders over the last couple months to oppose Noridian’s new policy article governing use of skin substitutes. This article dictates coverage in the absence of a Local Coverage Determination and limits the indication of skin substitute use.


    See the full article here.

  • 06/25/2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    This year APWCA contributed to the effort by the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders to oppose United Healthcare’s policy which limits the use of skin substitute products.


    See the full article and read United Healthcare’s Response here.

  • 06/20/2019 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    APWCA’s Weekly Wound Care Report which has the latest developments in wound care news publication featuring the following articles:

    • Comprehensive patient and wound assessments
    • Visualizing tissue strain under the sacrum and coccyx in different supine postures
    • Substandard wound care can create legal risks for nurses
    • Are you ready for the empowered patient?
    • Pressure injury healing and oral nutritional supplements enriched with arginine
    • Attending to psychosocial concerns for those with epidermolysis bullosa
    • New study: Rural telehealth capabilities are lagging
    • A narrative review of the benefits and risks or total contact casts in the management of diabetic foot ulcers
    • A practical guide to establishing a wound care formulary in your clinic

    June 19, 2019 | Archives

  • 06/12/2019 4:32 PM | Anonymous

    APWCA’s Weekly Wound Care Report which has the latest developments in wound care news publication featuring the following articles:

    • Tissue Oxygenation Changes to Assess Healing in Venous Leg Ulcers Using Near-Infrared Optical Imaging
    • Streamlining the development and maintenance of a local wound care formulary
    • Chemists develop nanoscale bioabsorbable wound dressing
    • 4 ways to integrate digital health into the wound center today
    • Why is engagement between healthcare providers and the community so important
    • The changing bundled payment landscape for ASCs - What to know about risk, payers & future trends
    • Novel bacterial auto-fluorescence imagine device can lead to more targeted debridement

    June 12, 2019 | Archives

  • 06/06/2019 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    APWCA’s Weekly Wound Care Report which has the latest developments in wound care news publication featuring the following articles:

    • Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders Update - June 3, 2019
    • The reactive and repetitive multidisciplinary CLI team
    • Burnout is now an official medical diagnosis, according to WHO
    • Evaluating the effects of a pressure injury prevention algorithm
    • Legal perils and pitfalls of wound care: Extrinsic risk factors for unavoidable pressure ulcers
    • Study: Only 1.5% of those at high risk of opioid overdose receive a prescription for naloxone
    • Complex platforms make telehealth more than video
    • Immersive virtual reality for pediatric procedural pain: A randomized clinical trial
    • Federal pain management task force emphasizes opioid alternatives

    June 5, 2019 | Archives


  • 06/04/2019 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Last year, on behalf of its members, the APWCA submitted a comment letter to CMS regarding the 2019 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule. A copy of the full letter is attached below.

    The APWCA argued against:

    • Consolidation of payment for levels 2-5 office and other outpatient E/M services
    • New E/M codes for “podiatry services”
    • The application of the MPPR concept to E/M coding
    • The raise to 30 of the score needed to avoid a MIPS penalty
    • Change to the small practice MIPS bonus

    The APWCA commented on some specific RVUs and responded to their request for information regarding postoperative visits following 10 day global procedures.

    Final APWCA 19 MPFS Comment Letter.pdf

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