“Oxygen Observer” Back Issues 2017 2017-07-19T21:09:03+00:00

July 2017

ACHM President’s Message
Dr. Shah dives into issues that the ACHM and UHMS are working together on. He also describes the accomplishments of the ACHM as its own unique entity.

CMS Changes HBOT Codes
Dr. Helen Gelly presents information on CMS’s latest changes to the codes used for HBOT. New codes will appear in the 2018 version of ICD-10.

Focus on Quality Metrics – MIPS
It is crucial that every ACHM member starts focusing on quality metrics. Dr. Shah explains the performance data that physicians are required to submit under Merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS).

MACRA Update
CMS’s new exemption criteria for complying with MACRA helps physicians in small practices. Click the link to find out how this may impact your practice.

ACHM Leaders to Speak at APWCA 2017
The official schedule has been announced for the 16th Annual National Clinical Conference and includes presentations from several ACHM board members.

June 2017

Are You Reporting Quality Metrics?
ACHM President Dr. Jayesh Shah highlights some of the common quality metrics that are required to be submitted by wound care and hyperbaric physicians. This month he addresses Hbaic in diabetic patients.

Hyperbaric Career Opportunity
Lehigh Valley Health Network, in eastern Pennsylvania, has approved the hire of 2.5 physicians for its expanding Wound Treatment Center. The center comprises of advanced wound healing techniques, hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and state-of-the-art assessment, testing and treatment for people suffering from acute and chronic wounds.

ACHM Annual Meeting
The ACHM is collaborating with the APWCA for ACHM’s annual meeting, scheduled for September 7-9, 2017. Stay tuned for further details coming soon regarding the official schedule, as well as a special registration discount being offered for ACHM members

May 2017

Message from ACHM President 
Dr. Jayesh B. Shah updates members on the ACHM’s current priorities which include collaborations with various organizations, the annual ACHM meeting, and reaching out to the international hyperbaric community.

CMS Removes Topical Oxygen From NCD 
Section C-Topical Application of Oxygen has been removed from NCD 20.29. Medicare Administrative Contractors may determine coverage of topical application of oxygen for chronic non-healing wounds.

ACHM Consensus Statement on Physician Credentialing for HBOT 
These principles are national standards set forth to serve as a guideline to assist healthcare organizations.

Outcomes of Radiation Injuries Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: An Observational Cohort Study
We are pleased to recirculate this valuable in-depth paper written in collaboration with the ACHM.

April 2017

Message from ACHM President
Dr. Jayesh Shah lists the top ten reasons for denial of hyperbaric services by insurance companies. He also outlines the best ways to avoid and respond to a denial.

Diabetics: Don’t Heat The Feet
Dr. George Wolf explains how diabetic patients can benefit from the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

March 2017

Dr. Jayesh Shah shares a moment every physician can relate to and speaks on the importance of a support network for hyperbaric practitioners.
Dr. Thomas M. Bozzuto presents the history, current evidence, and potential benefits of hyperbaric therapy for patients with TBI.
An Indiana senate committee has passed a bill to provide free HBOT to Hoosier veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder.
A friendly reminder to read the new proposed LCD Wound Care 35125 and submit any comments to admin@achm.org before 03.09.17. All comments will be compiled into an official response from the ACHM.