Guiding Principles For Sustainable Access to Ostomy Services, Technologies and Innovation
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Posted by: Becky Dryden
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®); the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) and ConvaTec, Inc. have worked together to form an alliance of provider, patient organizations and medical technology manufacturers. The alliance's goal is to ensure people living with a permanent or temporary ostomy have access to appropriate health services to maintain their health care and access to the medical prosthetic technology prescribed to meet their specific needs.
As policy makers, both at the state and federal level, as well as private insurers look to reduce health care costs there is always concern that medically necessary products, like ostomy supplies, could fall victim to budget cuts or a narrowing of benefits. Often times, coverage for ostomy supplies are limited as a means to reduce costs as these supplies are often categorized as non-essential. This document was intended to provide you with a resource to explain to policy makers why ostomy supplies are indeed essential and we should look to expand coverage, not reduce coverage.
To date, 21 organizations have agreed to endorse the guiding principles, Guiding Principles For Sustainable Access to Ostomy Services, Technologies and Innovation. The list of organizations supporting this initiative are included at the bottom of the document. The supporting organizations have agreed to the principles as defined in the document, and encourage the WOCN Society members to support the principles, as defined in the document, with policy makers.
We are providing the guiding principles to you, as a member of the WOCN Society, in hopes that you too will follow the set of principles to support policy development, ensure sustainable access to ostomy services and prosthetic devices, and to promote continued innovation in ostomy technology.