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WoundReference is constantly updated as new clinical evidence and reimbursement information arise. Please review our weekly summary of new and updated content and tools. In this edition, we would also like to invite you to join us for our first webinar joint-produced with the MidAmerica Wound Healing Society. Coming up soon: WoundReference Point-of-care CME/CE Program, more HBOT Category A Credits, Nutrition, Telemedicine and much more. For content suggestions, please email editors@woundreference.com. 

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Offloading Devices

Wound Care | published on 1/27/20 

Offloading is the mainstay among multiple interventions needed to heal a plantar diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). Offloading can be accomplished with devices, other techniques and surgical procedures. This topic provides a review and updates on offloading devices for DFUs, from the clinical, coverage and reimbursement perspectives. It includes pictures, definitions/reimbursement information the different types of offloading devices, practical guidance on choice of device based on ulcer location, plan reassessment, expert tips, indications for podiatrist referral, documentation and more. 

Diabetic Foot Ulcers - Overview

Wound Care | last updated on 1/25/20

Diabetic foot ulcers overview: evidence-based clinical guidelines, quality measures and resources. New: 2019 clinical guideline by The International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) added to the list of guidelines

Recent News and Articles - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Wound Care

Blog | last updated on 1/27/20

Links to recent, curated articles, announcements, updates on hyperbaric oxygen therapy & wound care from CMS and other external sources  

The 5 topics below have been reviewed and approved by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) for 1 (one) Category A Credit (free with PRO+HBO plan). For credit: 1. Read the topic, 2. Pass the test, 3. Receive certificate

Central Retinal Artery Occlusion

HBO | last updated on 1/28/20 

Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is an emergent rare eye disorder that typically produces sudden severe, painless, and irreversible vision loss in the affected eye. Early HBOT appears to have a beneficial effect on visual outcome in patients with CRAO. This topic provides HBOT protocols for CRAO with review of recent evidence, sample physician order, ICD-10 coding, documentation templates, checklist and GRADE evidence-based recommendations. 1 HBOT Category A Credit 

Diabetic Foot Ulcer - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

HBO | last updated on 1/28/20 

Nearly 60% of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations are the result of diabetes mellitus. The primary goal of wound care and HBOT for DFU is to have the patient with intact lower extremities. Among other Medicare requirements, a DFU must be classified as Wagner 3 or higher in order to justify adjunctive treatment with HBOT. This topic provides HBOT protocols for DFUs with review of recent evidence, coverage requirements, sample physician order, ICD-10 coding, documentation templates, checklist and GRADE evidence-based recommendations. 1 HBOT Category A Credit

Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
HBO | last updated on 12/19/19 | HBOT Category A Credit
Acute Traumatic Ischemia, Crush Injury and Compartment Syndrome
HBO | last updated on 1/9/20 | HBOT Category A Credit
Decompression Illness and Arterial Gas Embolism
HBO |  last updated on 1/9/20 | HBOT Category A Credit
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