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Pressure Reducing Support Surfaces Policy Change, WTA Program Enhancements, WOCNext Rebroadcast and

Thursday, October 3, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristin Petty
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October 2, 2019
Introducing New Enhancements
to the WTA Program
As the premier program offering basic wound care education, the WOCN ® Society strives to ensure that the WTA Program remains accurate, relevant, and current. Periodic reviews of the content are conducted to ensure this, and our most recent review of content has led the Society to implement some exciting new enhancements!

The following changes have been made to the WTA Program:
  • Course Coordinators now offered a suite of six clinical skill competencies to choose from and tailor based on their students' specific practice settings.
  • Increased ANCC-accredited contact hours from 24 to 32.25.
  • Updated terminology added to applicable program modules
Want to learn about the WTA Program?
Listen to the Society's latest WOCTalk podcast episode: The Premier Program for Basic Wound Care Education or simply visit
Prior Authorization Policy Change For Pressure Reducing Support Surfaces
URGENT: An upcoming policy change will soon make it mandatory nationwide to submit prior authorization for Pressure Reducing Support Surfaces. Prior authorization is a process through which a request for provisional affirmation of coverage is submitted for review before an item is provided to a Medicare patient and before a claim is submitted for payment. This process helps to ensure that all applicable Medicare coverage, payment and coding rules are met before an item is provided.  As of October 21, 2019, when planning for discharge for patients that you believe may need a Pressure Reducing Support Surface (PRSS), you will need to submit a prior authorization.

WOC nurses must act to educate, collaborate and advocate with other medical professionals, case managers and DME companies about this process to ensure patients receive the appropriate medical equipment for their condition. We have created an   FAQ document   to help our members comply with these new requirements. We encourage you to review this resource and share it with your colleagues, regardless of care setting, as this new policy change does not just affect one area of healthcare.

Please contact us if you have any feedback or have witnessed concerns about this policy change in your work environment.
Register for the First
Education Rebroadcast
In the coming months, the Society will rebroadcast select ostomy education sessions from WOCNext 2019. Each rebroadcasted session will include a live Q&A period with the presenter(s). Participants will receive Contact Hours upon successful completion and evaluation of each session.

The rebroadcasted sessions will be free to Society members and non-members, but registration is required. Share this free opportunity with your colleagues today!
Join us on Wednesday, October 16 for the free webinar 
" Parastomal Hernias: A Surgeon and WOC Nurse Perspective " presented by Janice C. Colwell , RN, MS, APRN, CWOCN, FAAN, and Neil Hyman, MD.
This webinar is supported by an educational grant from Hollister, Incorporated. The WOCN Society does not endorse specific products and services.
Ostomy Awareness Day 2019
Join the WOCN Society, United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA), and multiple organizations nationwide to celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day this Saturday, October 5, 2019!

Ostomy Awareness Day celebrates individuals living with an ostomy or continent diversion and works to spread ostomy awareness and erase remaining stigmas.  Click here  to learn more.

How will you celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day?
Share your celebrations on social media and use the hashtag  #OstomyDay2019

Be sure to listen in to a special bonus episode of  WOCTalk   this Friday to learn more about UOAA and Ostomy Awareness Day.
Showcase Your Clinical Research at WOCNext 2020
Show us how you're achieving results in your practice! Submit an abstract describing a research study, case study or practice innovation for WOCNext 2020. The education and evidence-based research at WOCNext will revolve around the themes of WellnessSymptom ScienceQuality  and  Clinical Care Innovations  to help you think critically, plan effectively and excel in today's dynamic clinical environment. Click here to learn more about our WOCNext themes.

Read important  abstract information and deadlines  and carefully review the  abstract submission process   before submitting an abstract.

A select number of posters will be presented in as  electronic posters (ePosters)  format. The abstract submission process is the same for both traditional posters and ePosters.  Mark your interest to be considered for this exciting option on the Title page  of the submission process. Click here  for more information. You will receive notification and additional information if your abstract is chosen for an ePoster.
The deadline to submit an abstract is
November 1, 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PST.
New Episode of WOCTalk
Listen to the latest episode of WOCTalk: The Premier Program for Basic Wound Care Education.

On this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with Janet Ramundo, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN to talk about the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program. The WTA Program is a continuing education program created by the WOCN Society to further empower wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty nurses, and improve patient outcomes by strengthening the wound care team.

To learn more about the
WTA Program, visit 
Subscribe to WOCTalk so you never miss a new episode!
11 Health and Technologies
HOPE is bringing the community together on October 24th-25th for a two-day conference featuring a series of informational speakers from all over the ostomy world, including doctors, nurses, patients, and even medical administrators. Join us at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, where you will have the opportunity to engage with some of the most inspired thinkers in healthcare and healthcare technology. Also, only at that this event will you have the opportunity to see first-hand our newest generation of wearable healthcare devices.

For additional information,   click here .
Apply for a Scholarship
The WOCN Society Foundation is proud to
offer two varieties of educational scholarships
to nursing students.

The  Accredited Educational Scholarship is for nurses wishing to attend a WOCN Accredited Nursing Education Program.

The  Advanced Educational Scholarship is for nurses who are obtaining a higher degree, such as a Master's Degree, Doctoral Degree or a Nurse Practitioner Certificate.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, November 1.
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society   is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.
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