WOCN joined with several other stakeholder groups to develop a new white paper highlighting the critical need to provide ostomy supplies that are specific to patient needs. Recent payer trends in the Medicaid, private insurance, and Managed Care Organizations markets have made it more challenging for the home medical equipment provider community to provide the ostomy supplies and services that meet clinical and personal needs of individuals. Unsustainable reimbursement rate reductions limit both the services provided and the types and brands of ostomy supplies offered. This can lead to avoidable hospital readmissions, restriction of end users’ choice, product access, and access to care. This final white paper is designed to be shared with policy makers and payers in hopes of proving additional insight about the critical need for patients to have access to supplies.


The following groups supported this paper:
• AAHomecare
• United Spinal Association