Following tenacious collaborative advocacy from the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and across the wound care community, three Medicare Administrative Contractors – Novitas, First Coast Service Options, and CGS Administrators – today withdrew their local coverage determinations (LCDs) and local coverage articles (LCAs) that that would have dramatically restricted Medicare patients’ access to cellular and tissue-based products for wounds (CTPs, or "skin substitutes”), advanced wound care treatments that are instrumental to wound healing. The policies were scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1st but have now been pulled. “This was a collaborative effort across the wound care community and, with the withdrawal of the policies, our advocacy clearly had impact. The real winners here are Medicare beneficiaries with chronic wounds who now won’t face disruptions to care or unnecessary restrictions to treatments that can support wound healing,” said Marcia Nusgart, R.Ph., CEO of the Alliance. 

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