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International Wound Care Experts, Medline Announce Pressure Ulcer Prevention Consensus Paper
Date:5/15/2008

International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel reacts to CMS final rule;

identifies challenges, recommends strategies

MUNDELEIN, Ill., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Medline Industries, Inc. and the International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel announce the panel's first-of-its-kind consensus paper, "New Opportunities to Improve Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment: Implications of the CMS Inpatient Hospital Care Present on Admission (POA) Indicators/Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) Policy."

Beginning October 1, 2008, hospitals will not receive additional reimbursement to care for patients who have acquired pressure ulcers while under hospital care. This is one component of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) new policy of not reimbursing at a higher diagnostic category for eight adverse events that have been identified by the CMS as preventable. It was concern over the new policy's impact on pressure ulcer care that prompted Medline to gather eight wound care thought leaders together to identify strategies for improving pressure ulcer prevention and care.

Pressure ulcers are an enormous concern to the healthcare industry. In FY2007, CMS reported 257,412 cases of preventable pressure ulcers as a secondary diagnosis. The average cost per case in which pressure ulcers were listed as a secondary diagnosis is estimated to be $43,180 per hospital stay. In addition, it is estimated that 60,000 patients die each year as a result of pressure ulcer complications.

The International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel consensus paper aims to help facilities put the new CMS policy into perspective and understand the actions that need to be taken to be ready for the new policy. It outlines four preventive strategies and two behavioral challenges facilities might face in strengthening their pressure ulcer prevention measures.

Additionally, the International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel calls for professional
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