Marcia Nusgart R.Ph - Executive Director
Karen S. Ravitz - Health Care Policy Advisor
Shelley Ducker - Public Relations and Communications Advisor
Marcia Nusgart R.Ph is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, a multidisciplinary consortium of over 15 physician, clinician, provider, manufacturer and patient organizations that addresses regulatory and legislative issues impacting wound care. She also serves as Executive Director for the Coalition of Wound Care Manufacturers and President of Nusgart Consulting LLC.
She is an industry leader in providing comprehensive strategies to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers regarding coding, coverage and reimbursement issues under Medicare and Medicaid. Her accomplishments range from advocating successfully, in her coalition capacity, for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to modernize the HCPCS coding process to make it more timely, transparent and understandable for manufacturers; to, in her consulting role, obtaining new HCPCS codes along with appropriate coverage and payment for manufacturers' products. Ms. Nusgart is also well known in the home and wound care industry through speaking engagements at national conferences such as Symposium on Advanced Wound Care/Wound Healing Society and the American Professional Wound Care Association. Click here to view a list of Marcia's presentations and published articles.
Ms. Nusgart founded Nusgart Consulting LLC in 1998. Prior to that she served as Associate Vice President, Home Care for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). Prior to joining AdvaMed, Ms. Nusgart worked as Director of Home Care for the National Community Pharmacy Association. She has also served in senior positions with Super X Drugs and also worked for Merck. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from the Ohio State University.
She currently serves on the Boards for three distinct organizations: Premier Homecare, Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation, and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
Karen S. Ravitz is an attorney who has been involved in health care issues for over 18 years. For over three years she was the Associate Director of the Government Affairs Department at the American Physical Therapy Association. She has a working knowledge of the regulations that apply to physical therapists and has conducted seminars and sessions teaching physical therapists and physical therapy students issues related to the profession, including fraud and abuse and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provisions. During her time at the American Physical Therapy Association, Karen was instrumental in obtaining coverage for the use of electrical stimulation for the treatment of wounds. Prior to her work at the American Physical Therapy Association, Ms. Ravitz was the Director of Government Affairs for the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel as well as at ASCO Heatlhcare (now Genesis Health Ventures). She also has worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant.
Ms. Ravitz has an extensive background in issues surrounding durable medical equipment and has published several articles related to the coverage of wound care supplies as well as enteral nutrition. She also has spoken at several conferences, including MEDTRADE, on Medicare reimbursement and durable medical equipment related issues.
Karen earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Ravitz is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where she teaches a course on Healthcare Law and Ethics. She is currently a consultant.
Shelley Ducker provides public relations and communications support for the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders. She founded and runs Shelley Ducker Communications, a strategic communications consultancy assisting health care, trade association and nonprofit clients. Prior to launching Shelley Ducker Communications, Shelley was director of communications at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the CHPA Educational Foundation, leading many of the association's consumer education and health advocacy campaigns such as Know Your Dose (acetaminophen safe use), Up and Away and Out of Sight (safe medicine storage), and Treat with Care (appropriate use of over-the-counter medicines in young children).
Prior to her Washington D.C. trade association work with CHPA, Shelley was associate director of communications at the global molecular diagnostics company QIAGEN, where she led consumer health communications, advocacy-building, social media community building and public relations/media relations initiatives focused on cervical cancer prevention and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing.
While living the good life out on the West Coast earlier in her career, Shelley directed corporate communications at biotechnology companies Genentech and Chiron, with experience leading strategic communications to support clinical trials, scientific publications, FDA advisory committee reviews, product approvals, and commercial launches.
A former reporter with pharmaceutical business newsletter The Pink Sheet, Shelley has written about a broad range of issues ranging from FDA policy and enforcement, drug advertising and promotion campaigns, FDA reform, and more. Shelley began her career in the healthcare practice arms of public relations agencies APCO Worldwide and GTFH Public Relations.
Ducker is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City and has a passion for travel. Her wanderlust has taken her to more than 80 countries to date.