January 2009 Newsletter

ACHM Membership Updates
Industry Insights

ACHM MEMBERSHIP UPDATES

NEW! WORK SMART: Simple Steps to Improve Patient Care
Working smarter in the face of rising costs.
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine presents this vital information which explores the many operational issues that face hyperbaric and wound care practice. This video series points out the necessary elements in managing your practice for efficiency while maintaining the highest level of patient care. From billing and coding to strategic planning and staff management, each session is filled with valuable information for physicians, mid-level practitioners and administrative professionals dedicated to hyperbaric medicine and wound care. 5.75 CME credits are provided. Via partnership with WebCME, the ACHM has been able to make this educational offering available to our members at a significant 20% discount. ACHM cost $79.95 (non members $99.95). This translates to less than $15 per hour of CME. Please visit www.WebCME.net to register.
Conferences & CME Opportunities Available
(Discounted Registration for ACHM Members)
The ACHM is proud to announce its endorsement of several conferences and meetings. ACHM members will receive a discounted registration fee for each of the following:
1. Southwest General Hospital’s 7th Annual Wound Management Conference
Saturday, March 21, 2009
OMNI San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, San Antonio, TX  78230
This meeting is an excellent educational opportunity and will present many topics in advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
For more information call 210.921.3372 or go to www.swgeneralhospital.com
2. The ACHM 2009 National Clinical Symposium & Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center
Philadelphia, PA
The ACHM 2009 National Clinical Symposium will be held in collaboration with the APWCA National Clinical Conference, April 2nd – 5th, 2009, at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center, Philadelphia, PA. As part of this clinical conference, the ACHM will present several co-sponsored symposia. The first is a Pre-conference Course, entitled Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The Essentials of Program Startup. This 4 hour course provides a detailed explanation of the essentials of establishing and operating a hyperbaric program. This course provides excellent information for those who are considering adding a hyperbaric program to their wound care center, as well as new insights aimed at improving current business practice to those already engaged in HBOT (Bob Bartlett and Jeffrey Niezgoda serve as faculty). The second co-sponsored special educational offering is entitled Critical Limb Ischemia: An Integrated Approach to Limb Salvage and the Hypoxia Wound on Saturday, April 4th. For more information call 215.364.4100 or go to www.apwca.org/conference.
The Annual Membership Meeting and Reception will be held on Saturday, April 4, following the Critical Limb Ischemia Course. There is no fee to attend and all ACHM members and prospective members welcome. We will discuss current ACHM activities and goals, as well as provide an open forum to present new ideas and answer questions. This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other members and meet the current Board of Directors. To register for this reception, please contact Angela Kujath.
ACHM Hyperbaric Certification Exam Update
The ACHM will administer the Hyperbaric Certification Exam on Sunday, April 5th, 2009 at the conclusion of the APWCA/ACHM National Clinical Conference in Philadelphia. Please visit our website to register.
CMET Wound Care Certification Examination
The ACHM endorses a physician specific wound care certification process. Dr. Bartlett and Dr. Niezgoda co-chaired a committee to create this comprehensive examination. The American Professional Wound Care Association also recognizes this as the physician certification process. This examination was developed after leadership of the ACHM and APWCA identified that hospital administrators and physicians alike were looking for physician specific certification. This is the first step in attempting to obtain wound care recognition as a subspecialty in medicine. The exam is administered by the Council for Medical Education and Testing (CMET). Physicians who successfully pass this examination are recognized and provided with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Wound Care. We encourage all physicians to sit for the certification process so that we can demonstrate interest that exists for specialty recognition.
The next CMET Examination will be offered on Sunday, April 5th, 2009 from 8:30am – 1:30pm in conjunction with the APWCA2009 National Clinical Conference. Registration for the certification exam can be found online atwww.CouncilMET.org. Call (215) 364-4100 if you have additional questions.
The ACHM Monthly Practice Update
Billing, Coding, Business and Marketing Pearls of Wisdom
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine is proud to introduce its monthly educational video series – “Monthly Practice Update”. Each month we will feature a different guest who will speak to a specific issue facing hyperbaric practice. This series will be broadcast on our website, and is available free of charge for ACHM members.
Program features and highlights:
  • Runs Monthly
  • 10-15min Video Presentation
  • Free to College Members
  • Posted on ACHM website
  • Faculty with Expert Knowledge
  • Current Topics Pertinent to the Practice of HBO & Wound Care
The first Monthly Practice Update will be available in February. Visit our website often.
Sponsorship Opportunities
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine is enjoying a renaissance period with new ideas and steady growth. Although the College has historically been a “physician” organization, it has been decided to open membership to all healthcare providers and tap into the resources of a variety of healthcare providers practicing wound care and hyperbaric medicine. This reinforces the central mission of our organization—the advancement of the field and the practice of hyperbaric medicine.
This also represents the new vision for the professional hyperbaric society for the 21st century – to become an organization that harnesses the collective experience that fuels the wheels of progress. We invite you to join us to work side-by-side in this effort. Gold, Platinum and Project sponsorship opportunities are now available. Visit the sponsorship section of our website for more information.
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
The ACHM Executive Committee held a meeting on Thursday, December 4, 2008 via conference call. The highlights of this discussion were ideas to increase resources available to ACHM members. These ideas included monthly video updates, links to industry articles and abstracts, and clinical guidelines and protocols. The complete set of minutes can be viewed on our website. Your feedback and input are always welcome! Please contactAngela Kujath with your ideas.
FACHM Designation
Attaining the designation of Fellow of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, or FACHM, is an important professional achievement. FACHM recognizes professional contributions to the ACHM, highlights commitment to the specialty of hyperbaric medicine and demonstrates dedication to the appropriate utilization of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Many ACHM members are internationally renowned experts in wound care and hyperbaric medicine who proudly use the prestigious FACHM designation. The distinction of FACHM or Fellow of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine cannot be purchased; rather it is awarded only after one satisfies specific criteria.
History of ACHM Fellowship
ACHM Fellowship was first established in 1994 to honor members who made special contributions to the organization and the specialty of hyperbaric medicine. Requirements for Fellow Status include: Active ACHM membership status for two continuous years; certification in hyperbaric medicine by the ACHM, ABEM, or AOBEM; and additional service to the specialty.
Criteria for Election to ACHM Fellow Status
Fellows of the ACHM shall meet the following criteria: Be an active clinician or emeritus member of the ACHM for two continuous years immediately prior to election and must have been certified in hyperbaric medicine at the time of election by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. The candidate must provide a written letter of recommendation from an Officer or current Fellow of the ACHM. Maintenance of Fellow status requires continued membership in the ACHM. In addition, the following requirements demonstrating evidence of high professional standing must be met by candidates some time during their professional career prior to application:
A.      At least two years of active involvement in the specialty of hyperbaric as evidenced by at least 1,000 practice hours of hyperbaric medicine, or the supervision of 500 hyperbaric patient treatments
B.      Satisfaction of at least three of the following individual criteria during their professional career:
·         Service to the ACHM as an elected Officer
·         Member of the ACHM Executive Committee or designated ACHM working committee
·         Active involvement in the formal teaching of hyperbaric medicine or oxygen therapy in wound care to physicians, nurses, medical students, out-of-hospital care personnel, or the public
·         Active involvement in hyperbaric medicine administration or departmental affairs
·         Active involvement (beyond holding membership)in voluntary health organizations, organized medical societies, or voluntary community health planning activities or service as an elected or appointed public official
·         Active involvement in hospital affairs, such as medical staff committees, as attested by the Hospital Medical Staff Office
·         Active involvement in research in hyperbaric medicine;
·         Reviewer for or editor or listed author of a published scientific article or reference material in the field of hyperbaric medicine or wound care in a recognized journal or book
·         Active involvement in committees/chapters of the UHMS, or comparable international hyperbaric society
Provision of documentation of the satisfaction of the above criteria is the responsibility of the candidate and determination of the satisfaction of these criteria shall be by the Executive Committee of ACHM or its designee. Fellows shall be authorized to use the letters FACHM in conjunction with professional activities. Fees, procedures for election, and reasons for termination of Fellows shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
For more information about obtaining Fellowship status, contact us.
Radiation Registry Exceeds 1500 Cases
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine Radiation Research Registry, established to collect statistical information on radiation related injuries treated with HBOT, continues to grow in case/data entry. The registry was initiated in response to a determination by national insurance providers that HBOT for radiation necrosis should be categorized at “experimental-investigational.” The information from the study will be used in our effort to advocate for reconsideration and reversal of this determination. The registry now exceeds 1500 cases and is the largest hyperbaric registry in the world. The data collection timeline has been expanded to include cases from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2008. As of 1/15/2009 we were at 1512 cases. We need your help to push us over the top as our goal is 2,000 cases to complete the study. If you have already entered data, we thank you. Consider calling your colleagues to encourage additional participation. If you have not registered and participated, please do so. An interim review of the outcomes of patients enrolled in the RRR very favorably supports the utilization of HBOT for this group of patients. A pdf version of this review is available on line. Visit our website for more information.
Web Based Survey
The ACHM is surveying the hyperbaric and wound care community to determine which services and products would be most valuable. Click here to take the survey now.
New Web Links
The ACHM strives to be a resource for hyperbaric practitioners. These links provide access to free industry articles and abstracts:
HBO Evidence – www.hboevidence.com
Rubicon Foundation – www.rubicon-foundation.org

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

HCUP (Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project)
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP, pronounced “H-Cup”) is a family of health care databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal-State-Industry partnership and sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). HCUP databases bring together the data collection efforts of State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the Federal government to create a national information resource of patient-level health care data (HCUP Partners). HCUP includes the largest collection of longitudinal hospital care data in the United States, with all-payer, encounter-level information beginning in 1988. These databases enable research on a broad range of health policy issues, including cost and quality of health services, medical practice patterns, access to health care programs, and outcomes of treatments at the national, State, and local market levels.
HCUP’s objectives are to:
·         Create and enhance a powerful source of national, state, and all-payer health care data.
·         Produce a broad set of software tools and products to facilitate the use of HCUP and other administrative data.
·         Enrich a collaborative partnership with statewide data organizations aimed at increasing the quality and use of health care data.
·         Conduct and translate research to inform decision making and improve health care delivery. Data Released on Hospitalizations Related to Pressure UlcersA Statistical Brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality presents data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project on patterns of utilization and costs for adult hospital stays involving the treatment of pressure ulcers in 2006.
All ACHM members need to know about this entity. The implications of HCUP on the future practice of HBOT demand consideration. The recent CMS changes in hospital reimbursement for nosocomial pressure ulcers was likely motivated and influenced by the data generated by HCUP. Please review the following to better understand HCUP.
Data Released on Hospitalizations Related to Pressure Ulcers
A Statistical Brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality presents data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project on patterns of utilization and costs for adult hospital stays involving the treatment of pressure ulcers in 2006.
ConvaTec Acquires Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System
ConvaTec, Skillman, New Jersey, has signed a long-term global exclusive license agreement with Boehringer Technologies, Ridgefield, Connecticut, to market and distribute Boehringer’s Engenex Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System incorporating Bio-Dome Interface Technology. Information: http://www.convatec.com
Online Introductory Hyperbaric Training
Hyperbaric Medicine: Principles and Practice. This 40 hour ACGME accredited comprehensive course provides the required training for physicians, nurses, and technicians to begin practicing hyperbaric medicine. Course graduates have access to direct peer to peer faculty interaction by teleconference to reinforce best practice guidelines. An optional onsite practicum is available which provides hands-on operational and practice experience. This is an industry first which is not offered by any other training programs! Hyperbaric Medicine: Principles and Practice is endorsed by the ACHM. Members of the ACHM may be eligible for a discounted price for this course. Contact ustoday to learn more.
The course has been produced by WebCME, an independent organization dedicated to delivering medical education and certification to qualified practitioners. For more information or to view the trailer, visit their website –www.webcme.net.
Wound Care Essentials Practice Principles
Sharon Baranoski MSN,RN, CWOCN, APN, DAPWCA, FAAN
Elizabeth A. Ayello PhD, RN, APRN,BC,ETN, FAPWCA, FAAN
Written by two well-known wound care specialists and an interdisciplinary team of experts, this handbook is essential for all professionals involved in wound care, including nurses, physical therapists, physicians, podiatrists, and long-term care professionals. The book provides practical, comprehensive guidelines for assessment and management of both common and atypical wound problems and covers many topics not sufficiently addressed in other texts, such as sickle cell wounds, amputation, gene therapy, and the specific wound care needs of special populations. Features include more than 100 photographs and illustrations, recurring icons such as Evidence-Based Practice and Practice Points, case studies, and review questions.
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISBN: 978-1-58255-469-3
Copyright: 2008©
Page Count: 496
List price: $47.95
Visit http://www.LWW.com/nursing or call 1-800-638-3030 FREE to order your copy today!
 

 

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