Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - News on Dr. Levine's medical and consulting practice, and reflections on our healthcare system.

Archive for August, 2010

Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers: How I Took Those Photos

Many people have asked how I took the high quality photos of wounds in my recently published Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers.  I’ve been photographing pressure ulcers and other skin conditions in elderly persons since my geriatric fellowship in 1985.  The photos in this book were chosen from hundreds in my wound library, reviewed by Elizabeth Ayello and myself, and picked for the most typical example of …Read More

Teaching America How to Assess Wounds

Last week I presented at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Train-the-Trainer program in Las Vegas for the introduction of Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 which will go into effect October 1, 2010.  This assessment tool will impact 17,000 nursing homes and 1.6 million people who reside in them across America.  My assignment was to introduce Section M: Skin Condition, which represents the assessment for pressure …Read More

Long-Term Care Update: Resident Assessment Radically Changes with MDS 3.0

Hear ye!  Hear Ye!  RAPs are out!  CATs and CAAs are in! I chuckle as I write this blog post knowing that few of my regular readers will understand, and have probably clicked off by now.  But the few of you who remain know how important this topic is to long-term care.  On October 30, 2009 CMS finally released the RAI Users Manual V 3.0 which …Read More