October 2009, Volume 39 Number 10 , p 45 - 47
PRESSURE ULCERS are a persistent problem. Federal guidelines for preventing and treating them have been available for over 10 years, but their prevalence across all healthcare settings has remained generally constant. 1 Also, pressure ulcers are costly, both in terms of patient suffering and use of healthcare resources.
Beginning last fall, the stakes in preventing pressure ulcers got even higher: Under new reimbursement rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a patient's pressure ulcer must be identified and documented within 2 days of admission in order for the facility to be reimbursed for the cost of treating ...