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

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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Patient-Centered Wound Care – Findings from a Survey: Physician Perspectives on Wound Care

Patient-Centered Wound Care – Findings from a Survey: Physician Perspectives on Wound Care

Healogics researchers partnered with Dr. Alexandra Nowakowski, a leading patient advocate and medical researcher at Florida State University’s College of Medicine, to investigate physician perceptions of wound care. Healogics physicians were recruited to participate in an anonymous nine-question survey focused on their experiences and perceptions of wound care and wounded patients. The questions focused on patient attributes that influence positive or negative wound outcomes, patient impacts on physicians’ care plan and physicians’ perspective of patient-centered wound care.

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Meet William Wheeler, Healogics Medical Director

Meet William Wheeler, Healogics Medical Director

"Seeing patients happy because they either didn’t have have a leg or toe cut off that another physician had told them they would have to, or that they were healed from a wound that they have been treated by another physician for months or years without healing."

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Grand Round: Diabetic Ulcer of the Lower Extremity

Grand Round: Diabetic Ulcer of the Lower Extremity

Foot ulcerations are one of the most common complications affecting patients with diabetes mellitus. One in four diabetic individuals will develop a lower extremity ulceration, most commonly in the mid to later stages of life. The Wound Care Center® has a thorough approach to evaluating and managing these difficult diabetic foot wounds. Healing is achieved in cooperation with referring physicians, surgeons, podiatrists and patients.

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Meet Paula Hough, Healogics High Impact Consultant

Meet Paula Hough, Healogics High Impact Consultant

"For me the greatest reward of working at Healogics is assisting in the development of the clinical team. Witnessing their progression and how it aligns with our patients outcomes is what feeds my passion to never stop providing the support and education!"

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Monograph: The Clinical Case for Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Diabetic Wounds

Monograph: The Clinical Case for Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Diabetic Wounds

Although diabetes can ravage the body in many ways, non-healing ulcers on the feet and lower legs are common outward manifestations of the disease. Also, diabetics often suffer from nerve damage in their feet and legs, allowing small wounds or irritations to develop unnoticed. Given the abnormalities of the microvasculature and other side effects of diabetes, these wounds take a long time to heal and require a specialized treatment approach for proper healing.

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