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WOCN Society In Action

Monday, November 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Carroll
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The WOCN® Society In Action is a members-only public policy and advocacy newsletter that is published four times a year to highlight the most pressing issues related to WOC health care and the Society's advocacy efforts.
WOCN Society Outlines Plan to Ensure Ostomy Products are Excluded from CMS Competitive Bidding Program

President Obama released his proposed FY 17 budget in March, which included a provision to expand Medicare's competitive bidding program to new product categories. In response to the flawed policy approach, the Society has developed an advocacy action plan to keep ostomy products excluded from Competitive Bidding.

Click here to read the full story. You can view the Action Plan here.
Lymphedema Treatment Act

The Lymphedema Treatment Act (S.2373/H.R.1608), which would provide Medicare coverage for compression therapy, is gaining steam in Congress but we need to add more cosponsors in order to see it pass this session. Please contact your member of Congress and ask that they cosponsor this important legislation. Contact your member here.
Disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Payment

Legislation was passed in 2015 to allow for payment of disposable negative pressure wound therapy devices in the home health setting. The payment would be equal to the payment that currently exists for such devices in the outpatient setting, including the professional services provided.

The Society is very concerned with this proposal and has provided CMS with detailed comments about the refusal to pay for provider services.

Read the full story and view the Society's comments here.
WOCN Society Testifies Before CMS Advisory Committee

In July 2016, CMS's Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) held a meeting that focused on obtaining recommendations regarding treatment strategies for patients with lower extremity chronic venous disease.

Society member Stephanie Yates, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN, adult nurse probationer at Duke University Hospital Cancer Center, testified on behalf of the WOC nurse involving venous leg ulcers.

Click here to read the full story.
WOCN Society Submitted Scientific Information in Response to AHRQ Request

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a request for scientific information submissions from the public to inform their review of Treatment Strategies for Patients with Lower Extremity Chronic Venous Disease (LECVD). Read more here.

Click here to read the letter the Society submitted to AHRQ.
Congressional Resolution Introduced to Recognize Bladder Health Month

In November 2015, WOCN staff attended a Roundtable event hosted by the Urology Care Foundation to garner support for a Congressional Resolution to officially recognize November as National Bladder Health Month. About 30 patient and provider groups were in attendance at the Roundtable, and the WOCN Society has committed to be a part of the group's efforts to move the Resolution forward.
That resolution was introduced in Congress by Rep. Eliot Engle (D-NY) in April and can be read in its entirety here.
If you have questions regarding any of these issues, please contact:

Chris Rorick, MPH
Director of Government Relations
+1 202-508-6354
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