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Washington, D.C. – June 21, 2017 –The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) recently announced six new director to its board of directors. Scott Bolhack, Barbara Delmore, William Padula, Joyce Pittman, Ann Tescher and Tracy Yap were named to the board in 2017, joining the five additional standing directors. New directors serve a three-year term on the board.

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New Jersey Hospital Association Healthcare Business Solutions announced it has released a 4th edition of its highly successful publication, Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers, written by wound care experts, Jeffrey Levine, MD, AGSF, CMD, CWSP and Elizabeth Ayello, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN.

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Reykjavik, Iceland — May 23, 2017 — The Icelandic Growth Consortium today named Kerecis the country’s fastest growing startup. Kerecis is the creator, manufacturer and patent holder of revolutionary fish-skin-based therapeutic products that speed up the healing process of chronic human wounds and repairs tissue damage.

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FORT WORTH, Texas – May 16, 2017 –SteadMed Medical, a leading provider of acute and chronic wound and skin care products, announces it has developed a new kit that packages Vashe® Wound Solution into a convenient pack with 8 wipes, as well as an accessory to complement its Vashe® Wound Solution to deliver the product to skin with challenging bathing needs.

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Salt Lake City, UT – May 12, 2017 – Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit health system based in Utah, announced that it will apply Tissue Analytics’ advanced imaging technology, integrated with its Cerner’s electronic health record (EHR) system, across all its hospitals, wound clinics, and Homecare groups. Tissue Analytics develops advanced imaging algorithms designed to help clinicians measure and track wound healing. Most wound measurement is performed with a ruler and visual approximation, with error rates that exceed 45 percent. Such inaccuracy can inhibit the ability of clinicians to assess patient progress and communicate data to other clinicians. Tissue Analytics is designed to automatically derive wound healing rates using photographs collected from mobile technology.

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Farifax, VA – May 16, 2017 –eKare Inc., a medtech company based in the metropolitan D.C. area, announced the establishment of its Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of some of the country’s foremost wound care experts. eKare provides advanced wound imaging technology, including 3D wound measurement and tissue classification, at the point of care on mobile devices.

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Kansas, Mo – April 28, 2017 –HealOmni, a Kansas-City-based health care software company, together with MedcoAmerica, have signed an agreement for partnership to integrate HealOmni's Negative Pressure Wound Therapy remote-access hardware/software solution into all of MedcoAmerica's existing fleet. "This is an exciting partnership for us," says Mark Hastings, HealOmni President/CEO, "The MedcoAmerica team is a leader in the south for Negative Pressure, and have a real focus on enhancing the service they are offering to both patients and clinicians alike. With HealOmni, they will be able to provide that service."

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Recently proposed legislation introduced in Congress with bipartisan support provides hope that many of the issues the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders (the Alliance) and its members have faced with the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) local coverage determinations (LCDs) may have a legislative fix moving forward. The proposed legislation,"Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act of 2017" (S.794), would improve transparency and accountability when Medicare contractors set LCD policies for physician services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

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Clearwater, FL – May 3, 2017 – Attendees of the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring Conference received a first look at the new EXTREMIT-EASE™ Compression Garment - an innovative, easy-to-use approach to compression. Developed by AMERX Health Care, EXTREMIT-EASE™ offers 30-50mmHg of compression with the combined benefits of short- and long-stretch compression

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By Thomas E. Serena MD, FACS, FACHM, FAPWCA

Wound care Facebook friends from across the globe posted reports of their experiences at the Spring Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) meeting in San Diego. Social media pronounced the meeting a huge success in hundreds of selfies, videos, and shots of the stage and the Gas Lamp district. In this month’s blog, I share my personal take on the nation’s largest wound care conference.

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