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CMMI and Long-Term Care
The Society continues to explore avenues of opportunity to expand WOC nursing services in long-term care through the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) program. The Society has created a taskforce to help complete this project and the team is currently reviewing the first draft proposal to be sent to CMMI.
The Proposed Model is designed to allow WOC nurses to provide routine treatment to beneficiaries residing in LTCs without the direct supervision of a physician.
Physicians, WOC nurses, and LTCs are incentivized to participate in the model by the improvement in patient care achieved by bringing wound and ostomy care professionals into the LTC setting. The Model supports on-site, preventative treatment, emphasizing proactive patient care and allowing patients to remain “at home” while being treated. The goal of the Proposed Model is to increase flexibility in the way LTC patients receive wound and ostomy care. In many circumstances, the only way LTC patients can receive proper wound or ostomy care is by being transported to a hospital or other outpatient clinic. This would provide an alternative care plan for LTC patients.