National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has released a new white paper titled, “Do Lift Slings Significantly Change the Efficacy of Therapeutic Support Surfaces?” The intention of the paper is to increase critical thinking when lift slings are used in combination with therapeutic support surfaces. This paper is in response to recent legislation in many states that mandates the use of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility devices; however, the impact of lift slings on the efficacy of pressure redistribution mattresses, when left in place is unclear. Safe Patient Handling and Mobility is the term referring to policies and programs that delineate devices and techniques that allow patients to be moved without strain or injury to the healthcare worker or the patient. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that manual lifting of patients be minimized in all cases and eliminated when feasible.
Read the full white paper for free at: www.npuap.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/NPUAP-Lift-Sling-White-Paper-March-2015.pdf.
Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders
The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders submitted formal written comments in response to the First Coast Service Option (FCSO), the Florida Medicare administrative contractor, following FCSO’s recent publication of a Local Coverage Determination (LCD) on skin substitute grafts for diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers that the Alliance found concerning for wound care practitioners and for patient care. The LCDs are important to healthcare providers as they provide guidance on topics such as which services are covered and reimbursable, how to properly code the services provided and submit claims for payment, documentation requirements, and utilization guidelines. Clinically inaccurate, unclear, and/or overly restrictive LCDs can compromise patient care.
The comments submitted to FCSO were written with the advice of Alliance clinical specialty societies that possess expert knowledge in complex chronic wounds and wound care research. See the First Coast LCD at http://go.cms.gov/1eo8Lj8 and the Alliance’s submitted comments at http://bit.ly/1GfYOub.