Measuring and reporting outcomes in wound care: The standardization conundrum – creating a new framework to define quality wound healing

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Measuring and reporting outcomes in wound care: The standardization conundrum – creating a new framework to define quality wound healing

The Healogics Wound Science Initiative is a collaborative effort that aims to accelerate data-driven improvements, advance insights and perspectives, and identify mechanisms to continuously improve patient outcomes and reduce costs in the treatment of chronic wounds. The Wound Science Initiative is committed to using the Healogics data to guide the creation of wound outcomes measures that allow for industry-wide standardization and aggregate quality benchmarking.

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Top Questions to Ask About Your Wound Care Service Line

Quality of Care Would you send your mother or father to your wound care center? How many of your patients are getting healed and in how long? Efficiency, Cost and Utilization Is your wound center profitable? How productive is your current staff compared to national benchmarks? Are you using wound care supplies and consumables effectively?…

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Wound healing outcomes: Using big data and a modified intent-to-treat method as a metric for reporting healing rates

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Wound healing outcomes: Using big data and a modified intent-to-treat method as a metric for reporting healing rates

This study presents a modified intent-to-treat framework for measuring wound outcomes and measures the consistency of population based outcomes across two distinct settings. In this retrospective observational analysis, we describe the largest to date, cohort of patient wound outcomes derived from 626 hospital based clinics and one academic tertiary care clinic. We present the results of a modified intent-to-treat analysis of wound outcomes as well as demographic and descriptive data.

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Case Study: Non-Healing Wound

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Case Study: Non-Healing Wound

A female in her fifties with a 1 year history of a non-healing medial right calf wound. According to patient, the wound was precipitated by an insect bite which resulted in a failed surgical closure. Patient has a significant history of HTN, osteoarthritis, fem-pop. bypass and right femoral angioplasty. Patient ambulates with a walker and brace support and has significant financial limitations due to inability to work.

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Grand Round: The management of venous stasis ulcers

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Grand Round: The management of venous stasis ulcers

The prevalence of lower extremity venous disease in our population is greater than that of peripheral arterial occlusive disease, although the latter receives more attention. An estimated 35 percent of the adult population has lower extremity venous abnormalities and one-fifth of these individuals will acquire one or more venous ulcers in their lifetime.

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Wound care by the numbers: Medicare cost and utilization of patients with chronic wounds

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Wound care by the numbers: Medicare cost and utilization of patients with chronic wounds

To advance insights and perspectives on how to better manage the care of patients with chronic wounds and to stimulate potential solutions for improving outcomes and reducing costs for this vulnerable, majority 65+ population, Healogics analyzed 2014 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Part A and B standard analytic files for care utilization and cost trends. This white paper synthesizes information and insights gleaned from the analysis, keeping in mind potential areas of opportunity to improve care and outcomes.

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