Wound Management Special Interest Group (WMSIG)

The Wound Management Special Interest Group (WMSIG) of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM), as described in our bylaws, provides a forum where individuals interested in wound management may meet, confer, and promote patient care through education, clinical practice and research, as well as multi-disciplinary dissemination of PT-based knowledge.

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Helpful Resources

The Role of Physical Therapists in Wound Management: An Update

The purpose of this report is to educate patients, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, payors and coders, legislators, and the general community regarding the very important role physical therapists have in the area of wound management. While entry-level physical therapists receive a good foundation for practicing in the area of wound management, many therapists spend hundreds of hours in mentored on-the-job clinical training, self-study, and post-graduate professional continuing education in order to advance their wound management knowledge and skill. Many physical therapists achieve board certified specialization in the area of wound management as a mechanism of documenting their high level of training.

Active Wound Care Management FAQ Document

Thank you to APTA staff and Harriett Loehne for creating a helpful document addressing coding and documentation questions related to Active Wound Care Management.  You can download the document to the right.  Additional coding and billing resources may be found on the APTA website here: http://www.apta.org/Payment/CodingBilling/.

Functional Limitation Reporting Guidance

  • Click here to download the Guide “Appropriate Reporting of G-Codes & C-Modifiers by Therapists Who Treat Chronic Wounds
    Appropriate Reporting of G codes and C codes”
  • Download the Wound and Integumentary Functional Limitations recommendations to the right

Success Story

Here’s an inspiring story from inMotion’s Fall 2016 magazine about a patient with necrotizing fasciitis who, thanks to the incredible work of a medical team that included wound management physical therapists, kept his leg and life.  inMotion is the official publication of the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.  Click the button to the right to download the magazine and view the article on pages 16-19.

Wound Management News

Great News for Specialization in Wound Management

On Tuesday, February 26, we received notification from ABPTS that we have their full approval to move forward with our wound management specialization. Now our request moves to the House of Delegates in June. A motion will be presented to the House this summer. Click...

Support for ABPTS Clinical Specialization in Wound Management

The wound management specialization task force has been making great strides in the required process for obtaining a specialization within the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (ABPTS). Out next step of the process is the open hearing with ABPTS at CSM...

Member Highlight

On November 14th, 2017, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) announced their scholarship winners. Join me in congratulating one of our members and Academy Board Members, Karen Gibbs, on this wonderful award! Karen will receive a Teaching Program...

Tearing Down The Silos Of Lymphedema Care

Keep and eye out for an article written by two of our Academy members, Frank Aviles PT, CWS, FACCWS, CLT and Heather Hettrick PhD, PT, CWS, CLT-LANA. These two collaborated to write an article about lymphedema. The article also includes a patient/caregiver handout....

Member Highlight: Recent Journal Article Published

Help me celebrate the recent publication of an article in the September 2017 issue Advances in Skin & Wound Care co-authored by two of our members, Jaimee Haan and Beth Altenburger! We are so proud of these two for their recent accomplishment. These two continue to do...