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 ***PHS to Launch NEW Website***

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Technology

Nurse Tomaselli video spotlight @ WOCN Conference

June Awareness Days

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"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday." ~ John Wayne

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47TH Annual WOCN Conference

Leave Your Mark ~ June 6-10, 2015 ~ San Antonio, TX

Nurse Tomaselli leaves her MARK...

She will be featured in a video during the opening

session, about how WOCN has changed over the years!

 

2015 Conference Goals

  • Create awareness of the socioeconomic and global issues infulencing the patient, family and care provider(s) across the care continuum.
  • Empower the leadership role of the WOC nurse through education, advocacy, research, marketing and legislation.
  • Provide evidence-based knowledge of the latest techniques, application, technologies and treatments related to wound, ostomy and continence issues.
  • Promote networking with colleagues to establish a more integrated community of health care providers caring for patients with wound, ostomy and continence conditions. 

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ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Technology to help improve patient care & reduce cost

New wearable, wireless technology helps clinicians prevent costly hospital-acquired pressure ulcers


 

THE COST of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers just went up.

 

In December 2014, Medicare announced it is reducing 2015 reimbursements to 721 hospitals that have the highest rates of hospital-acquired medical complications (HACs) like pressure ulcers. The sanctions are expected to reach $330 million - an average of more than $450,000 for each hospital penalized.

 

What this means is that every Medicare payment to specified hospitals during the current fiscal year will be reduced by 1%. That may not sound like much; but in these times of lean operations, it can make the difference between breaking even and losing money. Moreover, the damage to these hospitals' reputations is difficult to measure in dollars.

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Click HERE to read the entire article
from the May issue of Advance for Nurses starting on page 8
By Margaret Doucette, DO

President Obama Signs Legislation
To Remove Barriers to DME Ordering

As you are aware the Affordable Care Act (ACA) altered how nurses can order DME products for their patients. A provision of the ACA required a physician to document that the physician, PA, NP or CNS has had a face-to-face encounter examination with a beneficiary in the six months prior to the written order for certain items of DME. In the case of a DME ordered by a PA, NP, or CNS, a physician (M.D. or D.O.) must document the occurrence of a face-to-face encounter by signing/co-signing and dating the pertinent portion of the medical record. Failure to meet any of the requirements would have resulted in denial of the claim. The nursing community, including the WOCN Society, has been strongly opposed to the implementation of this provision over concerns that the M.D. oversight requirement is unnecessary and will reduce patient access to DME products. Since 1997, both NPs and CNS' have been authorized by CMS to order DME. Ordering DME for patients is clearly an activity that is within the scope of practice of APRNs.

H.R. 2, The

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, was signed into law by President Obama on April 16thand included a provision to remove the requirement that an M.D. must document the occurrence of a face-to-face encounter. This will greatly reduce the burden that many members have had with ordering DME in the past several years, and removing this barrier has been an advocacy priority for WOCN as a result of hearing from many members on this issue. We expect CMS to offer additional guidance and clarification on DME orders later this year as a result of this legislation, stay tuned for further updates. In the interim, this provision is not being enforced by CMS and suppliers are not required to abide by the M.D. sign off requirement.


Posted by: Becky Dryden  

 

AWARENESS DAYS OF INTEREST
JUNE IS ALZHEIMER'S & BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM).- a time to shine a purple light for the millions of individuals world-wide and all the family members and caregivers locally affected by Alzheimer's disease. We need your help to honor those struggling with this disease every day by mobilizing friends, families, neighbors, co-workers and customers to help bring an end to Alzheimer's disease. The time is now to commit to going purple during Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM). The end of Alzheimer's starts now. The End of Alzheimer's Starts with YOU.

 

Learn more about how you can support
and promote awareness by clicking on the link below:

http://www.alz.org/stl/in_my_community_59856.asp

Some Other Fun & Health Awareness Days:

 

June 7th National Cancer Survivors Day

  

June 12th National Career Nurse Assistants Day (First Day of National Career Nurse Assistants Week) 

 

June 13th National Weed your Garden Day 

 

June 14th National Flag Day and World Blood Donor Day
 

June 17th  National Eat Your Vegetables Day 

 

June 14-21 National Men's Health Week (ending with Father's Day June 21)

 

 There is good news!

Pressure ulcers can often be prevented through interdisciplinary teamwork following evidence-based care. Prevention is always the best way to avoid unnecessary risk, pain and threat that pressure ulcers pose to patients. 

 

 

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