Post-Acute Wound Care Challenges Survey Results October 2018

Corstrata recently completed a home health agency (HHA) and hospice organization benchmarking survey designed to gather industry-wide input on the state of the current challenges HHAs and hospice organizations face in providing value-based care for the growing wound patient population. The survey focused on current wound care staffing models, service capability, and delivery challenges and strategies for addressing wound care gaps.

Read the full "Post-Acute Wound Care Challenges Survey Report" to access the complete survey results.

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According to the survey findings, the most pressing areas of concern for how access to a board-certified wound clinician impacts current wound care models are the high number of wound patient visits and the low margins associated with caring for wound patients. The most frequently cited comments as to why an organization did not currently have access to a full or part-time board-certified wound care clinician were due to the high cost of hiring this resource and/or a low wound patient census did not necessitate access.

Like other healthcare settings, HHAs and hospice organizations have also historically had difficulties with hiring and retaining board-certified wound cares nurses. While nearly 80% of the 124 survey respondents believe their organization is properly staffed to handle wound care patients, 46% of CNOs/VPs Nursing/Directors of Nursing indicate their organizations do not have access to a board-certified wound care nurse. Collectively, 32% of all respondents indicate they do not have access to a board-certified wound care nurse with another 12% of respondents indicating they only have access to a part-time/contract board-certified wound care nurse.

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Download "Post-Acute Wound Care Challenges Survey Report" to access the complete survey results.

In addition, when HHA and hospice representatives were asked to describe how their current wound care staffing model impacts their business, 9% indicate they are missing out on new patient admission due to lack of adequate wound care staff or wound knowledge; 37% say their in-home nursing visits are high with wound patients, and 29% have low or no financial margins on wound care patients.

However, another key finding is indicative of a growing desire to change how HHAs and hospice organizations address the needs of their wound care patients. 55% of HHAs and hospice organizations
believe they would benefit from increased access to board-certified wound care nurses using virtual visit technologies.

With more than a third of home health patients requiring wound treatment and only one wound nurse in the U.S. per 500 patients, there remains a disconnect between actual wound care staffing models and the perceived reality as evidenced by the survey responses. The resulting implications are an industry in the
throes of transition.

This survey can serve as a baseline for HHAs and hospice organizations current wound care model practices and be leveraged to compare against industry best practices. With the increasing pressures in the industry to achieve high-quality scores to gain referrals for value-based care reimbursement contracts the
shift toward digital health options to address the growing wound patient population is a necessity to improve patient outcomes and drive optimal business results.

Download the "Post-Acute Wound Care Challenges Survey Report" to read the complete results and recommendations.

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