Policy Initiatives

Pressure Ulcer Treatment Strategies: A Comparative Effectiveness Review

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) would like to commend AHRQ for the enormous undertaking of synthesizing available information regarding the treatment of pressure ulcers (PU). In particular, the sources for information were broader than are usually undertaken including soliciting unpublished information from stakeholders. The population of patients with pressure ulcers is very diverse; unlike renal failure or congestive heart failure, there are no reliable lab tests for skin failure and the outcome of a treatment for any individual is also dependent on multiple co-morbidities. The difficulty of … Read More…

Proposed rule from CMS for Stage 2 Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Records (EHR) Technology

The NPUAP Public Policy Committee would like to make the following comments on the proposed rule from CMS for Stage 2 Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Records (HER) Technology. While we commend the inclusion of the current clinical quality measures proposed for eligible hospital and critical access hospitals (CAHs), we recommend the addition of quality measures of pressure ulcer risk and prevention. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) serves as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment … Read More…

Competitive Bidding for Seating and Group 2 Support Surfaces

Since forming in 1987, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has served as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research. After careful review and deliberation, the NPUAP Public Policy Committee recommends against including pressure redistribution surfaces (mattresses, mattress overlays and seat cushions) as part of the competitive bidding process at this time. Pressure redistribution surfaces are the mainstay for the prevention of pressure ulcers in at risk individuals. Competitive bidding should reduce expenditures while insuring … Read More…