Bed sores are a major problem for patients who are confined to bed or a wheelchair, but aren’t limited to the bedbound. These sores can affect anyone who spends long periods in limited positions and those who are overweight and have folds of skin that touch. Bed sores can be prevented by moving the patient frequently, changing bedding, and keeping the skin clean and dry. They are also called a pressure sore, decubitus sore, or decubitus ulcer.
In July of 2008, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued State Medicaid Director Letter #08-004 to provide guidance related to coordination of State Medicaid payment policies with policies recently adopted by the Medicare program. This is needed when hospital providers bill for selected hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Prompted by the 2002 & 2006 […]