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WOCN Society Submits Comments to CMS on Long Term Care Setting Needs for Ostomates

Tuesday, November 3, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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In August, CMS released a proposed rule to make major changes to improve the care and safety of residents in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. The rule, Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities, adds new requirements and reorganizes other existing regulations impacting long-term care (LTC) facilities. This rule would bring current best practices all facilities that participate in Medicare or Medicaid and implement a number of important safeguards that have been identified by patient advocates and other stakeholders, and include additional protections required by the Affordable Care Act.  

In its proposed rule, CMS identified ostomates as a patient population that require additional safeguards, but offered little guidance to facilities on how best to treat this patient population.  The WOCN Society responded to CMS with suggestions on how to meet the needs of these patients included providing them with access to a Certified WOC Nurse.

The WOCN Society’s comments to CMS can be found here >>

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