Product Management

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Long-Term Care Wound Management Formulary


With approximately $20 billion being spent a year on advanced wound care supplies, cost containment is a sought after goal. Long-term care facilities battle cutting costs under one reimbursement system like everyone else, but I assure you this challenge can be simplified, while continuing to bolster quality of care. I have learned that to contain cost, you must use experience, knowledge, and strong project management. So how do we accomplish this? I have broken down a cost containment plan for your long-term care facility.

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DME products

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

Ordering wound care dressing supplies can prove to be a frustrating task for many providers and clinicians. Unfortunately, I have encountered many health care providers that describe feelings of dread when working with their durable medical equipment (DME) counterparts.

Product substitution has been a prominent issue, especially of late with many reimbursement changes coming down the pike. This can lead to revenue loss via providing the patient with clinic supplies, and frustration for all parties involved.

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wound care supplies

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

In the last installment of my blog, we discussed a brief overview of billing for wound care products and dressings (durable medical equipment or DME) in several common care settings. Let's talk about the Hospital Outpatient Department (HOPD) a little more in-depth. Again, we will use Medicare as the standard for payment policy, as many payors use them as a model for policy-making.

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Nursing and Clean Wound Dressing Changes

by Margaret Heale, RN, MSc, CWOCN

Hi blog buddies,
Matron Marley is taking a vacation to allow her writer (me) to vent. The problem I see has evolved since the introduction of a 'clean dressing technique' over the last 15 years or so, and has little foundation in the distant past when Matron wandered the wards instilling dread into unsuspecting students as she put them 'on the spot'. This problem is most definitely a current problem and it needs attention.

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by Aletha Tippett MD

Welcome, Colton Mason, to the WoundSource blog forum. I enjoyed your opening blog on cost versus price and love your Healthcare Caffeine image. You are so correct, looking at overall cost is what is important, not necessarily the price of a product. And it reminds me how we need to look at the whole picture to determine the correct approach for controlling cost.

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by Lindsay D. Andronaco RN, BSN, CWCN, WOC, DAPWCA, FAACWS

Public policy is an aspect that affects every day practice for most wound, ostomy and continence nurses, but is something that we do not generally think about. One health policy topic that is in the forefront of my mind is how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking to change the process for how patients access durable medical equipment, or DME products. This change in public policy would affect the access of these necessary products to our patients.

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Jolt #1: Healthcare Caffeine, WoundSource Edition
by Colton Mason

I love coffee. I often joke with my friends that drinking coffee is the only way I can get my eight glasses of water in every day. Now if you're a coffee junky like me, you can probably tell the difference between a great cup of coffee and one that's just so-so.

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by Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS

Compression therapy is the “gold standard” for the treatment of venous ulcers. However, compression therapy is not a one-size-fits-all treatment and the clinician must decide on the right type of compression therapy for the individual client in order to prevent complications from occurring, such as ischemia and necrosis.

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by Aletha Tippett MD

Does wound care need to be expensive? In the U.S. over a billion dollars per year is spent on wound care. When dealing on an individual basis, the cost of treating a pressure ulcer, our most common type of wound, has been computed to be $1600/patient/month, adjusted for CPI.1 What is driving this trend? It is expensive, high tech equipment such as pressurized beds, vacuum assisted closure, surgical techniques for debridement and skin grafting, and high priced dressings such as some of the foams, alginates and collagen dressings. Additionally, costs are increased when care is ineffective or counter-productive, prolonging the need for care.

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Part 3 in a series examining the reduction of facility costs and the continuation of quality care

For Part 1, Click Here
For Part 2, Click Here

by Sue Hull MSN, RN, CWOCN

After recognizing that wound care is expensive, North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) assessed the situation to discover possible reasons for why advanced wound care was costing so much. Then they standardized processes, education and products. So, the question is, what happened? Did they reduce costs? If so, did patient care suffer?

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