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Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

In addition to the efforts taken on by the Society, we have also enjoyed success through our membership in the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders (The Alliance).  The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is a nonprofit multidisciplinary trade association of physician medical specialty societies and clinical associations whose mission is to promote quality care and access to products and services for people with wounds through effective advocacy and educational outreach in the regulatory, legislative and public arenas.  Through the Alliance, the WOCN Society is able to comment and follow government regulations on multiple fronts and directly impact policy decisions.

Comments to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)

The Alliance attended the March 11 Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) meeting and provided comments on the PTAC proposal regarding “Bundled Payment for All Inclusive Outpatient Wound Care Services in Non Hospital Based Setting.” The Alliance complimented the PTAC’s Preliminary Review Team (PRT) on the very extensive background work that they did in preparation for this meeting. The Alliance was in agreement with the PTAC’s preliminary results that the proposal as written has a number of structural flaws and elements that were not sufficiently developed and thus should not move forward as it is currently written.  Comments found here.

Comments to AHRQ Technology Assessment on Skin Substitutes for Treating Chronic Wounds

The Alliance submitted comprehensive comments to the AHRQ Draft Technology Assessment (TA) Report on “Skin Substitutes for Treating Chronic Wounds.”  Comments focused on a broad range of issues in the document, including the "Guiding Questions" that framed the document, the "Risk of Bias" section, the conclusions reached, and the pervasive use of the term "skin substitute" instead of Cellular and/or Tissue-Based Products (CTPs). "There was recognition by the AHRQ that real world evidence would be beneficial.  Yet, AHRQ either eliminated or did not review any studies which would provide real world data and help to answer some of the questions posed in this TA.  Until AHRQ reviews real world evidence for CTPs, the Alliance believes that this TA is incomplete," concluded the Alliance in its submitted comments.  Comments found here.

 

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