Straight Talk Tuesday

Package pricing is only the beginning of the changes to outpatient payment. There are new global periods going into effect, and there will be other changes that take us toward some sort of outpatient “DRGs” (diagnosis related groups) or capitation—or reimbursement based on quality measures.

So I am curious, if you got a lump sum of money to heal a diabetic foot ulcer, and you could keep as a bonus whatever money you didn’t need to spend to heal the patient—what treatments would you provide? What I am really asking is, “what are the treatments that work the best for wound healing but cost the least?”

I know which interventions I would perform and which ones I wouldn’t. What about you?