Health Care Economics

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Cost associated with chronic wounds

by Marcia Nusgart, Executive Director, Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

Editor's note:This blog post is part of the WoundSource Trending Topics series, bringing you insight into the latest clinical issues and advancement in wound management, with contributions by the WoundSource Editorial Advisory Board.

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Aletha Tippett MD's picture

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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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 Glenda Motta RN, MPH

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital—approximately 2.6 million seniors—is readmitted within 30 days, at a cost of over $26 billion every year.

Aletha Tippett MD's picture

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

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by Sue Hull MSN, RN, CWOCN

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Part 1 in a series examining the reduction of facility costs and the continuation of quality care

by Sue Hull MSN, RN, CWOCN

Remember W. Edwards Deming? We all learned about him in business management, right? He taught and demonstrated that systematic approaches were necessary to improve quality and control costs. Maybe I’m the only one, but I couldn’t really grasp how that principle could be applied to wound care.