Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Promising Developments

Several news reports have been published in the past few weeks indicating that both insurers and hospitals are searching for new ways to provide insurance payments. As has been discussed earlier, reimbursing for each procedure involved in treating pressure ulcers does not work to prevent ulcers; in fact, this method of payment only adds to the hospital's cash flow. But paying upfront for prevention provides a strong incentive for hospitals to avoid all of the additional expenses incurred when they allow a patient to develop a pressure ulcer. This has been shown to be the reason that Kaiser Permanente hospitals have been able to reduce their rate of pressure ulcer incidence to virtually zero.

We will include several of these promising articles in the upcoming NDF Summer 2014
issue of The Ugly Secret.