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WOW in Las Vegas: 2015 Highlights

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

What happened at the Wild On Wounds Conference? We’ve got your event highlights right here.

WOW_recapIf you traveled to Las Vegas for the Wild On Wounds (WOW) conference Sept. 2-5, then you know the truth: Skin is In. That was the theme for this record-attendance event. Wound care clinical professionals came together in one place for an exciting, information-packed four days that left us all invigorated and ready to treat more wounds.

Nurses, therapists, physicians, students and industry professionals traveled from all over the country to attend this premier wound care convention. We laughed, we learned … we united over our mutual love of skin!

A popular session was Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition But Didn’t Ask, led by Dr. Nancy Collins. We learned about the important role of nutrition in wound care – and chronic non-healing wounds that can be a result of malnourishment. We were so pleased to hear such positive feedback about this session. Here are some comments from attendees:

“Two things that stood out: Arginine & Glutamine. Not even our dietician has mentioned these in their orders. Good to know that they are essential in healing a chronic wound.”

“Now I understand why increased caloric intake for overweight patients is important in the wound healing process, and I can now share this information to my co-workers, specifically to our CNAs and nurses alike.”

“Dr. Collins was on-point and presented the information in a very creative way. She also illustrated the importance, economical impact, and quality-of-life that medical nutrition has on the patient. Case study presentations were excellent! Very interactive session. It was a wakeup call for all facilities.”

And while it’s impossible to mention all the other educational sessions, demonstrations and presentations that took place, here are more of this year’s highlights:

  • Record attendance – 1100 nurses, therapists, physicians, students and industry professionals
  • Attendees who influence wound care decisions throughout the care continuum
  • 200+ exhibiting partners
  • Interactive, hands-on sessions for Sharp Debridement, Maggot Debridement
  • Fascinating clinical posters and more!

We should also mention the exciting and successful hands-on Topical Wound Management session led by Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, WCC, DWC, OMS, C0-Founder of WCEI.  This session focused on topical wound dressing categories and reviewed specific treatment recommendations, giving attendees the opportunity for one-on-one product demos.  This session will be part of the 2016 WCEI one-day seminar tour. Stay tuned for dates and locations.

“This was a great session divided in two parts: lecture and hands-on. Pacing was great, not rushed, and speaker made sure the audience grasped the important points of the topic, giving real-life examples from her bedside clinical experience which solidified information she wanted to impart.”

 “I have enjoyed every session at WOW, but the round-robin table set-up was superb!! Loved it.”

 

What Did You Think?

How was Wild On Wounds for you? We’d love to know what you liked the most about your experience at WOW. What were your favorite moments of the conference? And what types of sessions would you like to see on the agenda for next year? Please leave your ideas and reflections below.

 

WOW Conference & Your Money

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Wound Care Conference Las VegasThe Lowdown on Tax Deductions and Travel Expenses

One of the most frequently asked questions we get regarding the annual Wild on Wounds (WOW) Conference is, “Can I deduct travel and lodging expenses on my taxes?” The answer is an enthusiastic yes!

As you pack your bags and prepare to head to Las Vegas, Aug 31 – Sept 3, for WOW 2016 – one of the most exciting wound care conferences ever – you can rest assured that as long as your travel is purely related to your practice, you can write off your expenses. Here are the basic guidelines for doing so:

It Must Be Mostly Business

You can write off your travel expenses if attending the WOW Conference benefits your business or contributes to your continuing education. But if you are attending this or any other conference for reasons other than business (like political, financial or social), deductions don’t count. According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines, you can’t be gone for more than a week, and at least 75% of your trip needs to be devoted to continued education or business matters.

But Have Some Fun

The IRS is perfectly aware that business travelers like to have fun. Conference attendees commonly extend their education and business trips in order to see the sights or tour local attractions. If you plan to do so, have fun! But you can’t claim your personal expenses as part of your education and business write-offs. So go ahead … enjoy all the extra sites of Vegas, but don’t include those costs in the education and business portion of your expenses.

What About the Extras?

Obviously you’ll be wanting to get some sleep at WOW (after experiencing exciting and jam-packed days filled with amazing sessions). The good news is that those nights in the hotel can be written off, along with your meals – as long as they’re not over-the-top or lavish. And as a side note, if you travel with an associate or employee and pay for their expenses, you can write-off travel costs for them, too. However, you are not allowed to write off expenses for family members.

Keep Good Records

In order to comply with the IRS, keep detailed records of expenditures and accurately calculate deductions. If you are an employee of a company, you can deduct your conference costs that are not reimbursed. Employee spending is considered a “Miscellaneous 2% Expense.”

The Bottom Line

When it comes to tax deductions and travel expenses, it can get a little confusing. We totally understand, which is why we’re not in the tax business! Which means that you’ll need to get help with your conference tax-deductions from a qualified accountant, or visit these IRS website links:

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc511.html

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch06.html

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc513.html

Another Bonus

Don’t forget that you can earn up to 21 Contact Hours (up to 18 contact hours from the main conference, and 3 contact hours pre-conference) by attending WOW.  Find more details here.

Still haven’t registered? There’s still time. Check out the details here.

DON’T MISS WOW – Here Are Our Top Five Reasons Why

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Not everything that happens in Vegas has to stay in Vegas. At least not when it comes to all the priceless experiences and new takeaways you’ll find at the Wild on Wound (WOW) 2015 National Conference on Sept. 2-5 (not to mention the awesome and graphic wound stories you can share with your friends). After all, if you’re in the wound care field, this is the kind of stuff you live for.

WOW Las VegasWOW in Las Vegas is the continuing education event for all clinicians interested in healing wounds. What’s not to love? Right in the heart of The Entertainment Capital of the World, you’ll get to hone those wound-care skills and learn about the latest and greatest with fellow skin enthusiasts from some of the best speakers, educators and professionals in the industry.

Ready to go? Here are our top five reasons why you won’t be sorry:

  1. The Buzz Report – A WOW conference main attraction, WCEI co-founders Nancy Morgan and Donna Sardina will share all the latest in wound care, including new products, guidelines, resources and tools.  It’s a jam-packed session that, just by itself, is worth the trip.
  2. Stellar Wound Care Skills – You’ll be amazed at how much you learn from our powerful lineup of interactive and advanced how-to sessions, along with plenty of hands-on workshops. You’ll elevate your knowledge of wound care technologies by participating in product training with industry experts. How does Topical Wound Management sound? Or what about Sharp Debridement? Whatever your interest, we’ve got you covered.
  3. Awesome Networking – There is nothing better than meeting other wound care fanatics face-to-face, live and in-person. WOW is the ultimate networking opportunity that allows you to truly engage with others in a meaningful way. You can learn from fellow professionals while basking in the knowledge that entire rooms full of colleagues completely understand what you’re all about.
  4. The Upper Hand – Of course, you’re already good at what you do. But everyone in healthcare today needs to maintain a competitive edge – for your organization, your patients … and yourself. At the WOW conference you’ll grow as a professional in exciting and provocative ways, like reviewing wound cases through dramatic, interactive mock court trials and case studies. Staying ahead of your competitors is a must, and you can do this by learning the latest and greatest in wound care treatments and techniques.
  5. Unforgettable Fun – No doubt about it, wound care is serious business. Whether it’s understanding healthcare reform updates or learning about new treatment guidelines, being the best at what you do is the goal. And giving yourself the gift of this conference is the perfect way to reboot and recharge. But let’s not forget about one of the most important elements of all: having fun. The WOW conference allows plenty of time to relax, laugh, and create new memories with friends. You simply can’t beat that.

Come join us at the WOW Conference in Vegas. You won’t want to leave any new skill, experience or memory behind. Register now, and we’ll see you there!

WOW Conference: Speaker Spotlight

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Kathy Schaum at WOW Conference

Kathleen D. Schaum, MS

Kathleen D. Schaum, MS

WOW Conference: Speaker Spotlight
Kathleen D. Schaum, MS
If there’s one thing that WOW Conference speaker Kathleen Schaum knows from past experience, it’s to expect the unexpected. That’s because when she presented last year (on the very last session day, and early in the morning), she figured there might be maybe 10 people in the audience wanting to learn about health care reform. Instead, she spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds, many of whom lined up in the hall afterwards to ask more questions.
“The uptake from the crowd was unbelievable,” she says. “I could have stood up there for three more hours! Needless to say, there were lots of aha moments that day.”
Schaum is the president and founder of her own reimbursement strategy consulting company, and brings more than 40 years of Medicare reimbursement knowledge and experience to wound care professionals who wish to improve their businesses. Her session, Health Care Reform Update, will provide new information about risk-sharing payment programs in development across the country.
In particular, participants will learn more about how to adjust wound care in order to meet the Triple Aim of health care reform. This includes:

  • Patient-centered care that is evidence-based, providing the best outcomes across a continuum.
  • Processes that provide the lowest “total cost of care.”
  • Programs that provide and measure patient satisfaction.

“Last year at WOW, we discussed changes in health care reform that were predicted for the following three to five years,” says Schaum. “Those changes are already here, and the next year will be astounding for wound care professionals. Quite simply, the future is now, and I’m going to help them get ready!”
As a speaker, one of the things that Schaum looks forward to the most is experiencing the high energy of WOW. She has also noticed the elevated level of motivation among attendees, fellow presenters and organizers. “It’s contagious and very catching,” she says. “It certainly rubbed off on me last year. My speaking style is upbeat, and so it aligned perfectly with the tone of the conference.”
You’ll be able to meet Schaum and experience this must-see Health Care Reform session on Saturday, Sept. 9 (Session 109), from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Interested to find out more? See our conference schedule, find out more about the conference, and register now.

Let’s Go to Conference!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Travel Expenses, Tax Deductions and the WOW Conference

Wound Care Conference 2015So you’re dying to go to Conference, right? You can’t wait to hang out with your wound-care tribe, learn from exciting speakers and hands-on demonstrations, while having a little fun in the process at the Wild on Wounds (WOW) Conference, Sept. 2-5. But what about those travel and lodging expenses – are they tax deductible?

In a word, YES! Isn’t that the best news ever? In fact, if you are traveling to a conference that is purely related to your practice, you may be able to write off your expenses. Here are the basics:

The Conference Matters

If attending the WOW Conference benefits your business or contributes to your continuing education, then you can write off your travel expenses. However, deductions don’t count if you are attending for other reasons, like social, financial or political. According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines, you can’t be gone for more than a week, and at least 75% of your trip needs to be devoted to continued education or business matters. But the other 25%? Go have fun.

Separate Business Expenses from Pleasure

Lots of travelers extend their education and business trips to see the sights or tour local attractions, and the IRS knows that. It’s perfectly fine to tack on a day or two at the WOW Conference, but you can’t claim your personal expenses as part of your education and business write-offs. So if you go see the Hoover Dam? Great, but don’t include it in the education and business portion of your expenses.

Track Additional Expenses

So when you go to WOW, at some point (we hope) you’ll want to get some sleep, which means that you can write off your hotel as well as your travel expenses. This includes meals (as long as they’re not “lavish,” so no caviar). You can also deduct 50% of all those other things that you pay for, like tips, taxis, dry-cleaning, printing or faxing. Save your receipts. And if you travel with an associate or employee and pay for their expenses, you can also write-off travel costs for them, too. But no writing off expenses for family members.

Making the Claim and Getting Credit

Here’s the crucial part: you’ll need to keep detailed records of expenditures and accurately calculate deductions. If you are an employee of a company, then you can deduct your conference costs that were not reimbursed. Employee spending is considered a “Miscellaneous 2% Expense.” (is this name correct misc 2% expense?…..or miscellaneous and it would be categorized as an expense?)

Clear as mud? We know how you feel. And because we’re certainly not in the tax business, you’ll need to make sure you get help with your conference tax-deductions from an accountant, or visit these IRS website links:

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc511.html

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch06.html

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc513.html

Also, don’t forget that by attending the conference you can earn up to 21 Contact Hours (up to 18 contact hours from the main conference, and 3 contact hours pre-conference).  Find more details here.

Wild on Wounds 2015: Exhibitor Spotlight

Friday, June 26th, 2015
Robert Lang

Robert Lange CWCMS, National Accounts Manager

Southwest Technologies, Inc., brings innovative technologies and solutions to the wound care industry

According to Robert Lange, the tagline of Southwest Technologies, Inc. (SWT), isn’t meaningless lip service. Treating the World Well is a statement that drives company philosophy and the actions of its employees.

“We truly want to help caregivers heal patients,” says Lange, National Accounts Manager. “We are always patient-centered, which is why we enjoy being a part of the Wild on Wounds annual conference and sharing our products with such enthusiastic and knowledgeable attendees.”

Lange and other SWT educators will be on-site at the 2015 WOW National Conference in Las Vegas to answer questions, perform hands-on product demonstrations, offer training and product sample give-aways. Located at Booth #434, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the newest collagen research, and have access to new assessment tools that have been developed to better support practices and make wound care easier.

“As most people in our industry will tell you, evidence-based treatment is in the forefront of wound-care trends,” says Lange. “Caregivers will change the way they approach treatment, and will greater emphasize proven methods over inexpensive solutions in order to gain better results.”

Lange says the SWT products that include Elasto-gel™, Gold Dust®, Stimulen® and NectaCare® will positively support the continuum of care for the patient and care-giver throughout all healthcare settings.  He says the company’s proven technologies backed by evidence-based research make care plans less cumbersome. “Our products are easy to use, help support positive outcomes, and are truly cost-effective,” he says. “They meet the needs of the patient, caregivers and wound characteristics, including types and etiologies.”

Lange, who has been trained and certified as a Wound Care Market Specialist (CWCMS®) by the Wound Care Education Institute®, says the WOW conference is really special. “It’s the perfect combination of high energy and knowledge-based programming.” He says that when attendees truly want to learn and interact with exhibitors, the better the experience is for everyone.

“The open forum allows for attendees to get all their questions answered, and to learn more about specific topics that are so crucial in our industry,” Lange says. This will be SWT’s fifth WOW Conference.

Wild on Wounds is the annual conference dedicated to continuing education for all clinicians interested in healing wounds. Click here for complete details and to register online.

 

Top Five Reasons to Attend WOW in Las Vegas

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Let’s face it, not everyone gets excited about wound care. Not everyone can study graphic wound photos while eating lunch with friends. But for those of us who can – for those of us who want to learn and study the healing of wounds – well, we get each other in a way that’s hard to describe.

That’s why attending the Wild on Wound (WOW) 2015 National Conference in Las Vegas, Sept. 2-5, is so valuable. This annual event is dedicated to continuing education for all clinicians interested in healing wounds. You’ll get to hang out with like-minded skin enthusiasts, get your hands dirty, so to speak, and get better at doing that unique thing you do.

And if that’s not enough reason to get yourself to Vegas, then check out our Top Five Reasons why you should go:

Catch a BUZZ. The Buzz Report, a highlight of every WOW conference, features speakers and WCEI co-founders Nancy Morgan and Donna Sardina. You’ll find out what’s hot in wound care, including new products, guidelines, resources and tools.  It’s an information-packed session that, just by itself, is worth the trip.

Improve your skills. You’ll impress your friends and amaze even yourself with how elevated your clinical skills will be, thanks to a powerful lineup of interactive and advanced how-to sessions, along with plenty of hands-on workshops. You’ll get to participate in product training with industry experts that will advance your knowledge of wound care technologies. How does Sharp Debridement sound? Or what about Topical Wound Management? Whatever your interest, we’ve got you covered.

Meet your people. Sure, online interaction is great, but nothing – and we mean nothing – beats meeting new friends and talented colleagues face-to-face and in person. WOW provides the kind of networking opportunities that allow you to truly engage with others in a meaningful way. You can learn from fellow professionals and take comfort in knowing that other people get you and understand what you’re all about.

Be the best you can be. You’re good at what you do, no doubt about it. But all of us in health care need to maintain a competitive edge – for your organization, and for your patients. At the WOW conference you’ll be able to do amazing things, like review challenging wound cases through dramatic, interactive mock court trials and case studies. Staying ahead of your competitors is crucial, and learning the latest and greatest in would care treatments and techniques is imperative in our industry.

Have fun. Wound care is serious business. Whether it’s staying abreast of healthcare reform changes or learning about new treatment guidelines, being the best at what we do is paramount. And giving yourself the gift of this conference and everything it offers is a tangible way to revitalize, reenergize and find your wound care mojo. But we also know how important it is to enjoy the company of others and let your hair down, so to speak. The WOW conference affords attendees plenty of time to laugh, meet new people and enjoy each other in an unparalleled way.

Wound Care is ever an ever-changing industry, and it’s not easy to keep up with all the new information that’s out there on your own. Come join us at the WOW conference, revel in the company of other wound care clinicians, and enjoy the inspiration and passion of colleagues and industry leaders. We can’t wait to see you there.