Author Stephen Few once said “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” Stephen’s statement holds true in many fields of study, but in the field of wound care, data with a voice can often be the key to patient healing.
Posted: 3/21/2017 1:33:35 PM by
Throughout our lives, each of us is gifted the opportunity to lead in some way. Whether it’s being a leader in your career, your home, your community, or your convictions, there are no small leadership roles. My name is Thurston Lee. I am from Birmingham, Alabama, and I am currently participating in the Healogics Leaders-in-Training program.
Having the chance to receive hands-on leadership training is a tremendous opportunity for me to grow as a person and wound care professional.
Posted: 3/14/2017 3:04:52 PM by
I love treating all types of wounds, but I especially enjoy treating the complex cases that are not easy to heal. In my experience of treating patients in all sites of service, the DFU patient is one of the hardest to heal and keep healed. Peripheral neuropathy, combined with mechanical changes in the foot, raises the risk of trauma that results in high recidivism rates in this group. Once the injury occurs, microvascular dysfunction, peripheral vascular disease, poor glycemic control, impaired immunity, and malnutrition are just a few of the factors that make treating DFUs so challenging.That is also what makes healing these patients so rewarding!
Posted: 3/8/2017 2:08:35 PM by
With each passing year, the health care industry becomes increasingly dynamic and intricate. While thousands of tiny pieces move in polarizing directions, it is imperative that all team members from the bottom to the top operate within the same standards and goals.
In order to keep all teams operating within the appropriate guidelines, there are a number of governing rules, policies and procedures in every health care setting. Some are hospital mandated, some are mandated on the local level and many are mandated by the federal government.
Posted: 2/28/2017 9:53:24 AM by
The relationship between hospital partners and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) can be a bit of a balancing act. Both are seeking to maintain a mutually-beneficial relationship with the other, while also trying to provide their patients with the best levels of care – both wound care and otherwise. Outside of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or bundled payment, the incentive to support one another is less financially obvious. However, with an aging population, growth in value-based care payment models and a rising incidence of chronic wounds, maintaining the hospital to SNF relationship becomes more important each year.
Posted: 2/21/2017 1:34:16 PM by
Charles Hoehn, a retired US Marine, was introduced to the Healogics Wound Care Center® in Indiana due to a blister on his right foot caused by an improperly fitting insole. The blister had a hard time healing because of his type 2 diabetes, and eventually became a chronic wound. An infection in his bone was also discovered. Charles tried other treatments with no results and his doctor feared he might lose his leg. Hoping to save his leg, Charles’ doctor sent him to a Healogics Wound Care Center. The team at the Center developed a treatment plan for Charles that included hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Posted: 2/6/2017 1:27:19 PM by
In 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a three-year project for prior authorization for non-emergent HBO therapy in Illinois, Michigan, and New Jersey. The project's goal is to test whether prior authorization helps reduce expenditures while maintaining or improving quality of care.
Posted: 1/30/2017 1:08:04 PM by
Over the last four years, Healogics has assisted in the successful opening, on average, of more than one new Wound Care Center® per week. This rigorous pace helps us continuously refine a process that supports implementation in a variety of settings, driven by a professional, cross-functional facilities implementation team (FIT).
Posted: 1/23/2017 9:56:32 AM by
THE WOUND CARE CHALLENGE
It is both complex and costly to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of non-healing wounds. In fact, it represents a $52 billion dollar problem for the U.S. healthcare system1.
A typical hospital discharges nearly six percent of its patients with an active wound2; 20 percent of those will be readmitted within a year3. As a result, hospitals face potentially higher costs, longer lengths of stay, diminished patient satisfaction and revenue loss from patient leakage.
Posted: 1/16/2017 10:41:15 AM by
In an innovative approach to wound care management, two Midwest hospitals partnered with Healogics to create a program that emphasized earlier intervention and a higher level of wound care integration throughout the care continuum. An initial pilot project demonstrated considerable successes in the reduction of care costs, readmissions and length of stay for hospital inpatient patients with chronic wounds – a group that typically ranks highest in these three areas.
Posted: 1/9/2017 4:14:32 PM by