Yesterday, Dr. Lee C. Rogers, CMO of APEx, described how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the care of those with wounds during a webinar for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). The webinar is now available on the AAWC webpage (link: https://aawconline.memberclicks.net/2020-pandemic-model-of-wound-care-webinar).
Dr. Rogers explained how CMS waivers and relief is helping to create a new pandemic model of wound care where there are shifts in utilization and setting of care.
“Patients with wounds, with their comorbidities, are at the highest risk for the extreme complications of COVID-19, including death, and we must protect them,” Dr. Rogers said.
He laid out how the new model would incorporate better case management of wound patients and provide necessary care in lower risk environments.
“But don’t be afraid to escalate patients to a higher acuity setting if needed,” Advised Dr. Rogers.