In August, CMS assigned the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare
Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) the task of developing local coverage
determinations (LCDs) for processing and reviewing Medicare claims for Surgical
Dressings under the Durable Medical Equipment, Prostheses, Orthoses, and
Supplies (DMEPOS) program.
The changes contained in the
proposed LCD policy and related policy article would substantially impact
coverage for a variety of surgical dressings.
Specifically, the draft LCD
Add a section for collagen dressings.
Add a section for zinc-paste impregnated gauze.
Add a section for dressings comprised of materials not recognized
Revise requirements for incompatible dressing materials.
Revise requirements for incompatible dressing change intervals.
draft LCD can be obtained at http://bit.ly/1Vewa4G.
of the LCD draft policy the WOCN Society has significant concerns about the proposal and
has strongly suggested that this draft be withdrawn and that CMS work with
stakeholders to create a more clinically-appropriate document.
The WOCN Society's comments which were submitted to the
DME MACs can be found here >>.