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Nuo Therapeutics Launches Educational Program to Support Wound Care Centers in Transition to ICD-10

First Webinar for Wound Care Professionals to be held September 15th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on http://www.woundsresearch.com/ICD10

Please see http://aurixsystem.com/ICD10/ for additional information


GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQX:NUOT), a pioneer in biodynamic therapies, today announced it has launched a series of educational tools designed to aid wound care centers in making the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 in advance of the October 1st 2015 implementation date, as mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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These tools, created by the reimbursement experts at Nuo Therapeutics and their partners, include:

  • Wound Care Reimbursement Code Converter
  • Educational Webinar for Wound Care Professionals
  • Accredited Online Wound Care Education Series for Billers and Coders

"As the U.S. healthcare system moves from a fee-based model to a performance-based model, a hospital's ability to demonstrate quality outcomes will continue to increase in importance," said Dean Tozer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nuo Therapeutics. "Proper coding is key to this effort, and as the ICD-10 transition nears, we saw an opportunity to take a leadership position in helping educate healthcare providers, billers and coders on the many, complicated and nuanced matters related to the new wound care coding and reimbursement landscape."

Wound Care Reimbursement Code Converter

The "Wound Care Reimbursement Code Converter" assists billers and coders in converting ICD-9-CM wound care codes to the ICD-10-CM equivalents. In addition, the Converter offers the ability to do a reverse look-up of the ICD-9-CM code associated with the new ICD-10-CM codes.

The tool is available online at http://aurixsystem.com/ICD10/ or as a pocket guide, which may be obtained from a Nuo Therapeutics representative.

Educational Webinar for Wound Care Professionals

Nuo Therapeutics has partnered with HMP Communications to host an educational webinar during which wound care physician, Dr. Bob Bartlett, MD, FAPWHc, CME, FACEP, UHM and Chief Medical Officer of Restorix Health, Inc., along with wound care reimbursement expert, Linda Martien, CPC, COC, CPMA of Nuo Therapeutics, will review the new charting requirements under ICD-10 and what its implementation will mean specifically for wound care professionals. In addition, the speakers will highlight several examples of diagnostic coding in wound care under ICD-10 as it compares to ICD-9.

The webinar, titled "DE-CODING THE CODE: Solutions for a Smooth Transition to ICD-10 for Wound Care Professionals," will be available at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, September 15th and Thursday, November 5th, respectively, with a live question and answer session following each event. To register, please visit: http://www.woundsresearch.com/ICD10.

Accredited Online Wound Care Education Series for Billers and Coders

As the Company previously announced, it has partnered with AAPC to launch a series of accredited interactive modules focusing on key topics in wound care and the coding and billing of treatments in this specialty area.

The first module, Wound Care 101, is focused on providing billers and coders a foundational knowledge of wound care, and is now available for registered users on the AAPC Learning Management System. The second module in this series, Wound Care 201, which will incorporate education on ICD-10 coding, is expected to launch later this year. Participants will be eligible to receive continuing education credits toward their AAPC certification.

About the Transition to ICD-10

Coding under ICD-10 will require healthcare professionals to adhere to a much higher level of specificity and accuracy when transcribing and coding their patients' diagnoses and procedures than under ICD-9. In ICD-10, there are ten times more codes for diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers and pressure ulcers, alone, aimed at generating a clearer picture of patient care and outcomes and, in turn, more accurate reimbursement from both private and public payers.

CMS has created several online resources to help healthcare providers jumpstart their transition to ICD-10, including a Quick Start Guide and a Road to 10 online resource or small practice physicians.

For more information on the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 as it relates to wound care, Nuo Therapeutics has also created a guide: http://aurixsystem.com/ICD10/.

About Nuo Therapeutics

Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. (the "Company") is a biomedical company that pioneers leading-edge biodynamic therapies for wound care. The Company's flagship product, Aurix is a biodynamic hematogel that harnesses a patient's innate regenerative abilities for the management of a variety of wounds. For additional information please visit www.nuot.com.

About Aurix System

Aurix is the first platelet and plasma therapy system to be cleared by FDA for the management of a broad range of ulcers and exuding wounds, including:

  • All types (diabetic foot ulcer, venous leg ulcer, pressure ulcer, etc.),
  • All morphologies (partial thickness, full thickness and complex wounds),
  • All severities (tunneling, sinus tract, bone, tendon and hardware exposure).

Unlike other cellular-based treatment options, Aurix is an autologous biodynamic hematogel that is derived from a patient's own platelets and plasma. The product is used at the point-of-care to stimulate the natural wound healing process from deep within the wound bed. For additional information, please visit www.AurixSystem.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

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CONTACT: Investors: Lee Roth, The Ruth Group 646-536-7012 lroth@theruthgroup.com Media: Lindsey Saxon, for Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. 240-685-5004 lsaxon@nuot.com

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