MIRAMAR, Fla., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Landmark Study published in Ostomy Wound Management September 2010, Vol. 56, Issue 9 (http://www.o-wm.com/content/retrospective-comparison-clinical-outcomes-medicare-expenditures-skilled-nursing-facility-re) demonstrates that patients receiving wound management under the VOHRA physician bedside wound care program, showed statistically significant decreases in wound-related hospitalization, decreased wound infection and 21 days faster healing times than comparison group patients. The improved outcomes resulted in Medicare savings of $19,229 per patient.
The study divided 4,020 Medicare beneficiaries into matching study and control sub-groups of Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) residents with a diagnoses of pressure, venous, ischemic, or diabetic ulcers whose wounds healed during a 10-month study period based on 2006 Medicare Chronic Condition Warehouse claims data for SNF, inpatient, outpatient hospital, and physician supplier settings along with 2006 Long-Term Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) information to compare Medicare expenditures between the groups.
The matching study group consisted of SNF patients managed by a structured, comprehensive, evidence based wound management protocol provided by a wound physician from the VOHRA Wound Physicians group. The matched comparison group of similar size consisted of SNF residents who did not receive wound care from the VOHRA wound team.
This study was conducted by The Lewin Group and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC. to examine the significance of utilizing the VOHRA Wound Physicians structured approach to wound care in SNFs and Rehabilitation Centers.
Vohra Wound Physicians is a national wound care physician group that delivers wound care at bedside to residents in more than 800 skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long term care facilities across the United States.
Vohra Wound Physicians partners with Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities in providing weekly bedside physician wound care. The facilities benefit from improved healing rates, reduced wound infections, and a decrease in hospitalizations. This type of bedside approach to wound care delivered by physicians negates the need to send the patients to wound care centers and improves the quality of care and satisfaction for residents in SNFs.
"Wound care has become especially prominent in long-term care and rehabilitation facilities where wound prevalence ranges from seven-25%. These geriatric patients require a holistic medical approach coupled with bedside minor procedures. It is this population that Vohra Wound Physicians seek to serve with a mission to bring them quality physician wound management, all the while being acutely focused on keeping costs in check," A. Vohra MD, President and founder Vohra Wound Physicians.
Additional information can be found at the company's website at: www.woundphysicians.com or calling: 877- 866-7123.
SOURCE Vohra Wound Physicians