[abstract] DATA OUTCOME TRACKING UTILIZING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WOUND CARE AND HYPERBARIC THERAPY DOCUMENTATION AND REIMBURSEMENT

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[abstract] DATA OUTCOME TRACKING UTILIZING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WOUND CARE AND HYPERBARIC THERAPY DOCUMENTATION AND REIMBURSEMENT

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Title: [abstract] DATA OUTCOME TRACKING UTILIZING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WOUND CARE AND HYPERBARIC THERAPY DOCUMENTATION AND REIMBURSEMENT
Author: Locklear, K
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Tracking hyperbaric outcomes is necessary to further the scientific utilization and broaden the spectrum of modalities that can benefit from HBO. HBO as an industry is in need of a central data bast that collects outcomes according to patient history, diagnosis, protocols, ect. MATERIAL: Recommended: high speed (Pentium II, 233 or higher) computer with a high density digital recording device such as a CD-writer, ZIP, JAZZ, ect. and a large hard drive for storing large amounts of data. A digital camera is recommended but a scanner and conventional camera may be utilized (this becomes labor intensive). METHODS: Data entry and photography (or scanning) are the only methods used and may be done via a lap top for remote data entry. Once data is entered, all records may be queried according to any research criteria desireable. Data should be entered at the time of treatment. Patient information is the same as any HandP with expanded questions for specific wound care and hyperbaric related modalities including specific ICD-9 coding by nomenclature or numeric code (over 15,000). RESULTS: This type of program is currently in use in various hyperbaric facilities. Some utilize HBO only, some use HBO as an adjunct to wound care, and some are utilizing the program to track the neurological progress of brain injuries and stroke patients. This type of program has been extremely helpful in wound care environments because it visually tracks the progress with photos and detailed descriptions. These photos are very helpful in convincing referring doctors and insurance companies of the adjunctive healing power of Hyperbaric Medicine. CONCLUSION: This program has proven itself a valuable tool for conducting multi-center and retrospective studies. The program is a tool to help the scientific community decide the efficacy of protocols and define specific criteria for treating certain patients. Third party billing, Medicare, and Joint Commision requirements for HBO are met by documenting proper ICD-9 codes, TCPO2 studies, wound photos, and recording vascular testing before intiating certain HBO referrals.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/837
Date: 1999

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