A guide to treating heel ulcers | A look at diagnosing malnutrition in patients with chronic wounds | Ark. wound care center is expanding to meet demand
November 30, 2016
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A guide to treating heel ulcers
Podiatrists John Steinberg, Kazu Suzuki, Barbara Aung and Lawrence Karlock discuss their favored methods for treating heel ulcers, including offloading, debridement and surgical options.
Podiatry Today magazine (11/2016) 
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A look at diagnosing malnutrition in patients with chronic wounds
Nutrition affects wound healing, but there is no single, universally accepted approach to diagnosing and documenting adult malnutrition, writes registered dietitian nutritionist Nancy Collins. She outlines a consensus statement on diagnosing malnutrition by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition that defines malnutrition and suggests six characteristics for diagnosis.
Today's Wound Clinic magazine (11/2016) 
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Ark. wound care center is expanding to meet demand
Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Ark., is doubling the size of its Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center to meet growing demand, spokeswoman Jennifer Cook said. The new space is scheduled to open in January.
Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, Ark.) (11/23) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Topical sirolimus gel may be alternative to oral sirolimus in TSC
Topical sirolimus gel might be a painless option for treating facial angiofibromas in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex with fewer side effects than oral sirolimus, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. The topical treatment at 0.2% significantly reduced tumor size and redness in children and adults, but 0.05% and 0.1% sirolimus gel was effective only in children.
Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (11/22) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS releases list of quality measures for value-based care initiatives
A list of 97 quality measures to be considered for use in various Medicare value-based care purchasing programs has been published by the CMS in conjunction with the National Quality Forum. These measures will be applicable to major Medicare initiatives such as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the EHR Incentive Programs for hospitals and critical access hospitals, as well as to other patient safety and data reporting programs plus quality reporting projects for home health, psychiatric, hospice and rehabilitation facilities.
Health IT Analytics (11/23) 
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Trump finalizes choices for HHS, CMS leadership
President-elect Donald Trump has selected Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee and a former orthopedic surgeon, to serve as HHS secretary in the incoming administration, according to a transition team official. Trump has also chosen Seema Verma, an Indiana health policy consultant, as CMS administrator, a source said.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/29),  Reuters (11/28),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/29) 
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