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Annual Checkup: The CMS Pressure Ulcer Present-on-Admission Indicator

Lyder, Courtney H. ND, GNP, FAAN; Ayello, Elizabeth A. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ET, FAPWCA, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000361386.35608.c8
Features: Clinical Management Extra

PURPOSE: To provide the wound care practitioner with information about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pressure ulcer present-on-admission (POA) indicators.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.

OBJECTIVES: After reading the article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:

1. Describe the history and rationale for the CMS financial incentives for pressure ulcer (PrU) prevention.

2. Identify the CMS Pressure Ulcer POA indicators and 2009 ICD-9 coding for PrU staging.

3. Discuss the implications of the new CMS reimbursement for PrUs on healthcare organization practices with examples of successful interventions for PrU reduction.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.