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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® […]

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Preparing for Another Shutdown?

COVID-19 has brought different challenges and opportunities to clinical practices.  As the COVID-19 numbers start to surge, shutdowns are becoming a reality again.  Is your practice ready?  While none of us want another shut down, now is the best time to prepare with these 3 simple steps: Do your patients know that you do virtual […]

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Choosing The Right Dressings: When to Select Hydrogel

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 month’s blog, we looked closely at […]

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CMS Form 1500: Is Box 17 Correct on YOUR Forms?

One of the most common errors I see when auditing wound care and DME billing is found in box 17 on the CMS 1500 form.  This is the box that lists the referring, supervising or prescribing physician. Many electronic health record (EHR) programs automatically fill in this information with the referring physician (aka the primary […]

Special Notification about Calcium Alginate

SPECIAL NOTICE: Calcium Alginate – Now a Primary OR Secondary Dressing

Last week, the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DMEMACs) made a change to their joint Surgical Dressing Local Coverage Article (LCA) that states calcium alginate can serve as either a primary dressing or a secondary dressing.  Prior to this change calcium alginate could only serve as a primary dressing. This change is effective now.

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Choosing The Right Dressings: When to Select Calcium Alginate

Dispensing surgical dressings in your office improves outcomes, improves 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 so many to choose from, it can be difficult to select the best option.  In last month’s blog, we looked at Foam […]

Choosing the Right Dressings: When to Select Foam

Dispensing surgical dressings in your office improves outcomes, improves 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 so many to choose from, it can be difficult to select the best option.  In the first of this […]