Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

Medicare Spending on Wound Care: The First Comprehensive Study

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND

Chronic wounds impact 15% of Medicare beneficiaries at an estimated annual cost of $28 billion to $32 billion, making nutrition a seemingly cost-effective purchase.

Medicare Spending on Wound Care: The First Comprehensive Study

 

Dr Nancy Collins

Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND

Did you ever wonder how much it really costs to treat and heal various wounds? Patients, family members, and healthcare team members often complain to me that $5/day for nutrition therapy is “too expensive.” Cost is relative, because according to the first comprehensive study of Medicare spending on wound care, it appears that an investment in medical nutrition therapy is a wise investment indeed.

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Wound Care Champions: A Nurse and a Five-Star Company

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

What does it take to build a five-star home health agency? Wound care education – and a credentialed staff – are a big part of it. 

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services

 

We know how wound care education helps transform the careers and lives of individuals. We also know that it can positively affect entire facilities, make a difference in communities, and drastically influence the lives of patients and professionals. That’s why we love to share success stories when we hear them.

Take, for example, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC (DMHHSS), a five-star, nonprofit (and stand-alone) home health company in Philadelphia. It is known for excellent care, an exceptional staff, and wound care education advocacy. But it didn’t happen overnight. It did happen, however, with very specific goals in mind: to heal patients and treat them like family; forge relationships; and promote wound care education.

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NPWT in Home Care Under Spotlight by CMS

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Nancy Morgan RN Message About NPWT and Home Care

This is for Clinicians that use Negative Pressure in the Home Care Environment ONLY.

CMS (Medicare) Competitive bidding process continues with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) under the spotlight. As seen with previous competitive bidding processes, companies and products with the lowest price will prevail. In order to bid competitively many NPWT companies will have to cut back on education, clinical support and other value added services so they can keep their pricing low enough to stay in the game. NPWT companies do not want to lose the bidding process, because losers will no longer receive Medicare reimbursement. (This will cut back your options for NPWT choices)

We must act now to make sure that our options for quality, not just cheapest, NPWT are available. Simply call, write, or email your local congressman at:https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Tell your representative who you are, what you do and why they should ensure the CMS should institute accreditation & quality standards for NPWT suppliers, prior to bidding for a government contract.

These standards will ensure suppliers can deliver the essential elements for safe and effective use of NPWT in the home, such as requiring 24/7 clinical support along with educational support available to home care patients.”