APWH, the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing, is the very first physician-oriented organization in wound care that has been created to meet the needs of the physician in three subject areas: clinical and operations-focused education, compensation advocacy, and legislative action on healthcare issues. While nurses have had the benefit of nursing-specific organizations to address the needs of the nursing profession, it is our belief that physicians have been at a disadvantage in this regard. APWH is open to all prescribing physicians (MD, DO and DPM) and physician assistants (PA).
Dedicated to provide the level of the sophistication required by the physician who makes diagnosis and is ultimately responsible for treatment management. Educational programming is specifically designed to go through this thought process to best identify the etiology, determine treatment regimen, a system to follow outcomes and coordinate the clinical education with aspects for organizational and business efficiency.
Physicians require a venue to express their main concerns for wound care as a unified body to key decision makers to CMS, the general insurance industry and all related government agencies that deal with policy involved with healthcare delivery. The voice of physicians to date has been somewhat fragmented due to the fact that there are many organizations available in wound care. In the past, several organizations have provided differential testimony and/or opinion to decision makers involved with policy. A main agenda of the APWH is to finally bring the concerns of physicians, first and foremost, clearly articulated to these policy makers. The Academy intends to become a leading resource for the policy makers so they can obtain information that helps drive best practice which includes reimbursement levels that allow for same.
There has been no time in recent memory when an organization such as the APWH was more needed. It is imperative that physicians gain a better foothold in communicating and addressing the issues in wound care that affect their practice, and therefore the health and welfare of their patients. Blind decision making by policy makers is something all players try to avoid. The APWH is positioned to become a major resource to provide education so that policy makers have an opportunity to make decisions that will allow the physician to deliver best care to decrease morbidity, increase the quality of life to patients, while decreasing the overall costs of healthcare delivery.