The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic has hospitals and acute care facilities changing standard operating procedures to prepare for the expected influx of infected patients. As a result, wound care services, procedures and surgeries are undergoing considerable change. The Alliance is staying on top of these issues and responding when wound care is threatened. In addition, we will keep you up-to-date on new policies, challenges and opportunities for our community.


Position statement:

Wound Care is an Essential, Not Elective, Service that Prevents Hospital Admissions and ED Visits Among a Fragile Cohort of Patients at High-Risk of COVID-19
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Resources for wound care clinics and providers:

As practitioners across all medical specialties seek options to manage patients following CMS recommendations to halt all non-essential medical and surgical procedures, the Agency is relaxing restrictions around telemedicine and reducing “red tape” that can hinder patient care. Below are resources to understand how these policy modifications can be applied to wound care.


Telehealth

CMS has expanded access to telehealth services, waiving telemedicine restrictions for Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will now reimburse telehealth visits at the same fee-or-service rate as regular, face-to-face evaluation and management (E/M) visits. Additionally, the government will not impose penalties on physicians who use everyday communications technologies such as FaceTime or Skype that are noncompliant with HIPAA during the nationwide pandemic. We have gathered the following resources for our members to use.

CMS Quality Payment Programs

CMS is implementing policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming quality measure reporting and data submission deadlines to “get red tape out of the way” and enable providers and health systems to focus on COVID-19 response.




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