Documenting Exudate

When dispensing surgical dressings and submitting a claim for payment, it is important to adhere to compliance guidelines. When dispensing surgical dressings to Medicare beneficiaries, these guidelines are clearly listed in the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DMEMAC), Surgical Dressings Local Coverage Determination (L33831), and Local Coverage Article (A54563). The above-referenced policies inform providers […]

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What Is Needed In A Wound Care Protocol?

Protocols in your office are essential for the health of your practice. What is needed in an effective written protocol? Who does what and when?This may seem like common sense, but you need to have your protocols written down. This makes it clear to everyone what their job responsibilities are. The receptionist, biller, medical assistants, […]

Doctor Filling Paperwork

Adequate Wound Documentation

Documenting an adequate description of an ulcer being treated is essential when dispensing surgical dressings. Providers know the elements that are necessary to thoroughly document a wound. These elements are taught in school. However, this list of elements may not satisfy the requirements of a third-party payer. From a payment perspective, the required elements of […]

Notebook for Scheduling

How To Effectively Schedule Wound Care Patients

Scheduling wound care patients can be complicated, and it is hard to know how to properly and efficiently schedule them. Why is scheduling wound patients correctly so important?  It affects your patients, your staff, and your bottom line. Your staff hates it when you run late.  It makes their job very stressful for them. Patients […]

AMERX Group Dressings

Documenting Primary Versus Secondary Surgical Dressings

According to the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DMEMACs), the definitions of primary and secondary surgical dressings are: Primary Dressing – Therapeutic or protective covering applied directly to wounds or lesions either on the skin or caused by an opening to the skin. Secondary Dressing – Materials that serve a therapeutic or protective function […]

Are You Holding Morning Meetings?

Whether you call them meetings, gatherings, huddles, or morning reports, they are essential to the daily performance of your office. A morning meeting is pinnacle in allowing your practice to move it from good to great. EVERYONE, including the doctor and all support staff. Who is being seen? What are they coming in for? What […]

Elderly patient with surgical dressings

Surgical Dressings for Hospice Patients

A Medicare beneficiary may choose to receive hospice care after a doctor certifies that they are terminally ill, meaning they have a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Patients who choose hospice care agree to comfort care (palliative care) instead of care to cure their illness. These patients sign a statement indicating that they […]

ICD-10 Code Changes for the New Year

Accurate diagnosis coding is essential when providing wound care. This can include primary, secondary, and sometimes even tertiary diagnoses.  When a comorbid condition contributes to the care of a wound care patient, it may be appropriate to list the ICD-10 code representing that comorbid condition on the claim form.  There are major changes this year […]

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Choosing The Right Dressings: When to Select Hydrocolloid

Dispensing surgical dressings in your office can improve outcomes, patient satisfaction, and can result in tremendous profits.  The main surgical dressings that can be dispensed include: Collagen Foam Calcium Alginate Hydrogel Gauze Hydrocolloid Compression Garments With many options, it can be difficult to select the best option.  In last week’s blog, we looked closely at AMERIGEL® […]