New Study by the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders studies the cost and impact of chronic wounds, including pressure ulcers. Calls for for wound-specific quality measures, payment models and Federal research funding.

… chronic nonhealing wounds impact nearly 15% of Medicare beneficiaries, far more than suggested by previous studies. …conservative estimates for total Medicare annual spending for all wound types ranged from $28.1 billion to $31.7 billion. On an individual wound basis, the most expensive mean Medicare spending per beneficiary was for arterial ulcers followed by pressure ulcers.

Value in heath-economic impact of wounds-news release 10.4.17