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  • 11/25/2020 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your APWCA collaborated with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders on a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the 2021 Proposed Physician Fee schedule. In this letter we asked CMS to create a MIPS Value Pathway (MVPs) for Chronic Wound Management and utilize the QCDR measures which already exist for wound care.

  • 11/24/2020 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Professional Wound Care Association is proud to announce new specialty interest groups. Please see the categories below led by APWCA Board Members:

    • Advanced Practice Providers led by Elizabeth Faust, MSN, CRNP, CWS, CWOCN-AP, DAPWCA
    • Limb Preservation led by Charles A. Andersen, MD, FACS, MAPWCA 
    • Nutrition led by Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND, DAPWCA
    • Physical Therapy led by Frank Aviles Jr, PT, CWS, FACCWS, CLT, ALM, AWCC, DAPWCA, MLD/CDT Instr 
    • Research led by Sandeep Gopalakrishnan, MS, PhD, DAPWCA 

    To join a specialty interest group, log in to your APWCA profile at apwca.org to edit your profile. Find the field labeled 'Special Interest Group'. Here you can choose which special interest group(s) you would like to join. You may join more than one special interest group.

    Once logged in to the APWCA website, members can view all specialty group discussion boards. Go under the 'Member Portal' tab and click on 'Specialty Interest Groups'. From here you will find the links to each discussion board. You must select your specialty interest group(s) in your APWCA member profile to post in your specialty group(s). 

  • 11/03/2020 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your APWCA collaborated with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders on a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the 2021 Proposed Physician Fee schedule. In this letter we asked CMS to apply the new, increased values of certain E/M codes to the values of global procedures.

  • 10/08/2020 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your APWCA collaborated with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders on a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the 2021 Proposed Physician Fee schedule. In this letter we opposed proposed cuts in reimbursement to certain surgical procedures and physical therapy services.

  • 09/14/2020 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The APWCA collaborated with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders in submitting a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) DME Contractors disagreeing with preliminary determination to not cover topical oxygen therapy for would healing, urging the DME MACs to consider the available evidence on a per wound-type basis and make wound type-specific coverage determinations.
  • 08/28/2020 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    APWCA collaborated with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders in submitting a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) flagging the differing interpretations of the three payment methodologies that CMS has been considering in HOPD / ASC proposed rule making regarding payment for skin substitutes / CTPs. We specified our understanding of each methodology and outlined issues to consider for each methodology. This was all done with advocacy for our members and our patients in mind.
  • 08/17/2020 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APWCA collaborated with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders to submit comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that requested the following waivers be initiated during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency:

    • Relax documentation needed for advanced wound products prior to initiation of these therapies
    • Relax the definition of a “qualifying wound” as it pertains to coverage for Surgical Dressings
    • Allow an overlap of coverage within the two separate benefits of Part A and Part B
    • Allow reimbursement for DME Removable Cast Walkers (HCPCS L4361 and L4387) for patients with diabetic foot ulcers when other methods of offloading are not feasible


  • 07/21/2020 6:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APWCA collaborated with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders to submit comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that supported the following COVID-19 provisions:

    • Reimbursement for telehealth at the non-facility rate, as appropriate, when submitted with a 95 modifier and the place of service corresponding to where that service would have been provided had the service been rendered in person
    • Expansion of telehealth services generally
    • Choice of medical decision making or total time when determining the level of office/outpatient E/M furnished via telehealth
    • Ability to provide virtual check-ins, telephone E/Ms, and e-visits to both new and established patients;
    • Ability to provide direct supervision via real time interactive audio and video technology; and
    • Coverage and payment for telephone evaluation and management services


  • 07/06/2020 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APWCA representation participated in a Noridian Healthcare Solutions Contractor Advisory Committee meeting regarding development of their “Wound Care and Skin Substitutes” Local Coverage Determination / Local Coverage Article. Noridian does not currently have an active “Wound Care and Skin Substitutes” Local Coverage Determination / Local Coverage Article, and APWCA was present at this meeting to protect the interests of our members and our patients as these policies are developed. Noridian Part B administers Medicare services in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, and Hawaii.

  • 06/25/2020 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APWCA Members Minute with Elizabeth Faust


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