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Advocacy and Policy
Wednesday, October 25, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
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Lymphedema Treatment Act...
Friday, September 29, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
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Public Policy & Advocacy Newsletter...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
We Need Your Help »
The WOCN ®  Society  In Action  is a members-only public policy and advocacy newsletter that is publish...
Monday, April 10, 2017   (1 Comment - view/add)
Medicare Contractors Propose Big Changes to Wound Care Payments »
The WOCN Society recently submitted comments to two contractors (First Coast Option & Novitas Solutions) who have prop...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Friday, January 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Final Rule on Home Health Conditions of Participation »
CMS Publishes Final Rule on Home Health Conditions of Participation The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (...
Thursday, December 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Nursing Community Transition Letter »
Nursing Community sends letter to Vice President-Elect Pence Signed by 60 national nursing organizations. As stated...
Thursday, December 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Home Health QRP: OASIS-C2 »
Home Health QRP: OASIS-C2 Approved by OMB The WOCN Society received the following announcement from CMS: CMS receive...
Monday, November 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
WOCN Society In Action »
The WOCN ®  Society  In Action  is a members-only public policy and advocacy newsletter that is publish...
Thursday, November 3, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Payment for Disposable NPWT »
Payment for Disposable NPWT in Home Care Setting Finalized Legislation was passed in late 2015 to allow for payment of...
Thursday, November 3, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Finalizes Rule Governing Requirements LTC »
CMS Finalizes Rule Governing Requirements for Long-Term-Care Facilities The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service...
Tuesday, September 27, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Disposable NPWT Payment »
CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Payment Legislation was passed in late 2015 to...
Monday, August 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
AHRQ Creates On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention Tool »
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has created an On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention program to help nur...
Monday, August 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
MACRA Reshapes Medicare Payment Landscape »
MACRA Background On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed r...
Monday, August 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
WOCN Society Supports New York State Legislation on Ostomy Supplies »
The WOCN Society recently sent a letter of support to Sen. Kemp Hannon and Assemblymember Kevin Cahill who have authored a...
Friday, August 19, 2016   (1 Comment - view/add)
WOCN Society Testifies at Medicare Advisory Panel Meeting »
On July 20, 2016 CMS's Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) held a meeting focused on...
Thursday, August 18, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
AHRQ Request for Information on LECVD Treatment »
In June 2016, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a request for scientific information on trea...
Thursday, August 18, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Bladder Health Month Roundtable »
In November 2015, WOCN staff attended a Roundtable event hosted by the Urology Care Foundation to garner support for a Con...
Wednesday, May 4, 2016   (2 Comments - view/add)
Obama FY 17 Budget Proposes to Include Ostomy & Urological Supplies in Medicare Competitive Bidding »
President Obama released his proposed FY 17 budget in March which included a provision to expand Medicare’s competitive bi...
Thursday, January 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Congress Passes End of Year Funding Package; Includes Health Care Policy Riders »
On Dec. 18, 2015 President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 to fund the federal governm...
Friday, December 11, 2015   (1 Comment - view/add)
Support the Medicare Coverage of Compression Therapy: The Lymphedema Treatment Act »
Dear WOCN Society Members and Non-members, As you may know, the Society is a strong supporter of legislation that is curr...
Tuesday, November 3, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
WOCN Society Submits Comments to CMS on Long Term Care Setting Needs for Ostomates »
In August, CMS released a proposed rule to make major changes to improve the care and safety of residents in long-term ca...
Tuesday, November 3, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
WOCN Society Comments on the Future of Global Surgical Codes »
As you may know, CMS had proposed to eliminate the 10- and 90-day global surgery codes. These codes include the patient...
Tuesday, November 3, 2015   (1 Comment - view/add)
CMS Proposing Significant Changes to Surgical Dressings Coverage »
In August, CMS assigned the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) the task of developi...
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
The WOCN Society Represented at American Nurses Association Membership Assembly 2015 »
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN ® ) as an organizational affiliate of the American Nurses Ass...
Monday, August 17, 2015   (2 Comments - view/add)
WOCN Society Comments on Importance of Medicare Coverage for Compression Therapy »
The US Senate Finance Committee has announced the formation of a bipartisan working group in an effort to begin explorin...
Monday, August 17, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
WOCN Society Endorses Legislation To Ensure Patient Access To Complex Rehab Technology »
Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) is critical to the quality of life and independence of people with severe disabilities or m...
Monday, April 20, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
President Obama Signs Legislation To Remove Barriers to DME Ordering »
As you are aware the Affordable Care Act (ACA) altered how nurses can order DME products for their patients. A provision o...
Monday, April 20, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Maryland Ostomy Coverage Bill Signed Into Law »
On April 14, 2015 , Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) signed SB 241 into law which mandates that health insurers must pro...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015   (1 Comment - view/add)
Senate to Vote 4/15/15 on DME Physician Signature Requirement - Contact your Senator Today! »
Don't miss your chance to have the physician signature requirement for ordering durable medical equipment (DME) permanentl...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
MedPAC Releases New Recommendations »
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is required by law to annually review Medicare payment policies and make...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
The WOCN Society Support of Medicare Coverage for Enterocutaneous Fistulas Public Policy Paper »
The goal of the WOCN Society's Support of Medicare Coverage for Enterocutaneous Fistulas Public Policy Paper is to pro...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (2 Comments - view/add)
CMS Provides Clarification on Supervision Requirements for CSWD in Hospital Outpatient Setting »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in March 2014 that it would require a Direct Supervision...
Thursday, February 12, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
WOCN Society Support for Maryland Bill »
Please see the letter that was sent to both the Maryland Legislature and the Maryland Ostomy Association here showing su...
Monday, December 8, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Role of the WOC Nurse in Advancing Compression Therapy Options to the Next Level »
By Mary Nametka, MSN, RN, CWS, CWON, FNP-BC Member, National Public Policy Committee How many times have we, over many...

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