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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released in early August its proposed CY 2021 updates to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Physician Fee Schedule. The Alliance has identified several of the provisions most relevant/impactful to wound care clinicians. The Alliance will be vetting these policies with its membership and developing comments and recommendations to submit to the Agency. 

July comments to CMS are the latest in a series of Alliance actions to ensure that clinicians can treat patients efficiently and effectively, with appropriate reimbursement

July 2020 - The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to expand and increase reimbursement for wound-care related telehealth visits; provide flexibility in documentation requirements for continued need and refill of surgical dressings and other supplies; and permit medically necessary procedures to take place on the same date of service so that quality care to be provided to patients while minimizing their risk of COVID-19 exposure.These and other requests were made in the Alliance’s July “Comments to CMS Covid-19 Public Health Emergency Second Interim Final Rule.”  The Alliance’s July recommendations to CMS address wound-relevant issues including:

  • Temporary relocation site billing
  • Waive standard written order (SWO) provisions in select local coverage determinations (LCD)
  • Allow billing for dNPWT telehealth
  • Allow total contact casting (TCC) to be provided on the same date of service as other procedure

See Alliance Comments to CMS

Three wound care quality measures developed by the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and the US Wound Registry (USWR) are now included on Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Physician Compare website, following a summertime content update that expanded quality performance data on the site. The USWR quality measures selected for Physician Compare reporting are:

  1. “Adequate off-loading of diabetic foot ulcer at each treatment visit.”
  2. “Adequate compression of venous leg ulcers at each treatment visit.”
  3. “Vascular assessment of patients with chronic leg ulcers.”


celebrating 15 Years - watch our 15th anniversary video

The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders celebrated its impact over the past 15 years since its founding in 2002.  Watch our festive 15th anniversary video and learn more about the founding of the Alliance back in 2002 and the impact we’ve had since then.


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