October 17, 2016 – Wound Care
Anchor lead: Chronic wound care needs better research, Elizabeth Tracey reports
Chronic wound care costs the US healthcare system billions of dollars each year, but the actual care delivered is more of an art than a science, since it’s not backed up by robust clinical research. That’s according to Gerald Lazarus, a wound care expert at Johns Hopkins, and an international team of colleagues who’ve just published new guidelines to improve research in this area.
Lazarus: There are some very important new developments in wound care, but frequently they do not have credible scientific information for them. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for some of these very expensive medicines or materials depend on high quality information. If Medicare and Medicaid and then private insurance does not pay for these because the data are not adequate patients are being denied. :33
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.