• Healthcare Public Policy Committee represents all clinical members of the AAWC at the Alliance for Wound Care Stakeholders.
  • Committee reviews and submits comments to CMS, FDA, Medicare Contractors and DME Suppliers in response to policy changes and legislation that affect wound care services or providers and patient access to those services and devices.
  • Submitted feedback and concerns to the CMS regarding their implementation of an eQM (electronic Quality Measure) for the inpatient hospital PPS - Hospital Harm – Hospital Acquired Pressure Injury.

  • Submitted comments to the CMS-National Coverage Analyses Group on their Proposed Decision Memo (CAG-00449N): Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Intermittent Claudication for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

    • Worked with AAWC PT members to develop accurate information.
  • Collaboration with the Alliance on day-long education session for the CMS PDAC and other staff on wound care. April 12, Fargo, ND
  • Submitted joint request with WHS to CMS Center for Clinical Quality and Standards, Coverage and Analysis Group to address the problematic LCDs being issued by MACs for ‘Wound Care’.
    • Requested AAWC interact with the CMS to help them and the MACs to develop a better process to produce evidence-based policies going forward.
    • Monitoring Senate Bill S794 designed to improve the LCD process.
  • Reviewed industry request /materials to support alternative approach to the Hospital Outpatient PPS payment method in place of bundling the CTP tissues into the Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APC). 
    • Provided synopsis of request and issues to the AAWC Executive Committee
  • Developed comments on the CMS-CMMI Request for Information (RFI) for new reimbursement models and consideration of ‘specialists’ as a category for bundled or episode-of-care payment models for select diseases.  Identified issues regarding no one specialty for wounds and complexity to include wound care in multiple models. 
    • Provided input to the Alliance’s response to the CMS-CMMI on the RFI. Identified concerns due to our lack of understanding of the CMS-CMMI process, how models/ types have worked in the past and how CMMI will define ‘specialists’.  
  • "An Economic Evaluation of the Impact, Cost, and Medicare Policy Implications of Chronic Nonhealing Wounds” was recently published in ISPOR’s Value in Health. The study, funded by the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, shows the full burden and cost of wound care in the US Medicare population, illustrating the need for CMS health policy makers to include more appropriate quality measures and reimbursement models for wound care.Click here for the fact sheet with links to the study

  • AAWC responds and provides comments to the Medicare Administrative Contractors Novitas and First Coast Service Options on their draft LCDs for Wound Care, March 6th, 2017.

  • AAWC Alerts Our Sponsor Companies about CMS proposal for new methodology to determine DME fees: DMEPOS Adjusted Fee Methodology for Non-Bid Areas.
    • Provided CMS background information on methodology and proposed process
    • Provided the CMS announcement for a public conference call to discussing the CMS proposed process. [Thursday, March 23 from 2 to 3:30 pm ET]
    • Provided link for submitting comments [ [email protected]]; Due no later than April 6, 2017.

  • CMS extends the Meaningful Use Reporting