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Items Related to LCD

July 14, 2017

Request letter and appendix to DMEMACs to delay future surgical dressing LCD (L33831)

The Coalition submitted a letter to the DMEMAC medical directors requesting a delay of future surgical dressing LCD (L33831). The Coalition cited the LCD’s flaws in coverage criteria, in violation of current Medicare requirements and congressional intent outlined in the 21st Century Cures Act as significant flaws in the policy. Furthermore, the Coalition states in its comments that proposals in the LCD would eliminate coverage for hydrogel dressings used for stage II ulcers. The LCD includes other coverage restrictions that lack sufficient evidence to support them or that conflict with established standards of care as well.  Finally, the Coalition noted that the LCD does not provide any explanation for prohibiting the use of composite dressings to treat lightly exudative wounds, which also rubs contrary to the standard of care.
Letter Appendix
June 22, 2017

Comments to Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS) addressing its draft LCD on Wound Care (DL37228)

The Coalition submitted comments to WPS on wound care draft LCD (DL37228). The comments focus on the arbitrary utilization parameters WPS set for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT), stating that parameters do not even necessarily need to be set at all. Furthermore, the Coalition comments that WPS lacks transparency in their decision-making process, and that they should include stakeholder input when crafting their regulations.
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March 9, 2017

Comments to First Coast Service Option draft LCD on wound care

The Coalition submitted comments to FCSO on wound care draft LCD (DL37166). The comments focus on the lack of coverage for disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (dNPWT), stressing inaccuracies with CPT coding descriptors and a lack of sufficient evidence to claim that the dNPWT is neither reasonable nor necessary. The Coalition comments that that FCSO should cover dNPWT, providing reasons based on evidence and congressional intent. 
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March 9, 2017

Comments to Novitas draft LCD on wound care

The Coalition submitted comments to Novitas on draft wound care LCD (DL35125). The comments focus on the lack of coverage for disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (dNPWT), the arbitrary and unnecessary utilization parameters for NPWT, and the lack of transparency in decision-making process for changing the LCD.  The Coalition cites evidence that anchors its argument in place. 
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February 16, 2017

Testimony at FCSO at public meeting on draft wound care LCD

The Coalition provided oral testimony at the FSCO public meeting on February 16 on wound care draft LCD (DL37166). Comments focused on disposable negative pressure wound therapy (dNPWT), concerning utilization parameters and incorrect information contained in the draft LCD.
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January 26, 2017

Testimony to Novitas at open meeting to collect comments on its draft LCD on wound care

The Coalition provided oral testimony to Novitas Solutions during its public meeting on wound care draft LCD (DL35125). The Coalition’s comments focus on the drastic difference between the draft LCD compared to its original and that Novitas gives no clear indications as to the reasons for this change. The Coalition also cited specific issues with the arbitrary and non-evidence based utilization parameters for disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. Finally, the Coalition expressed its concerns regarding the confusing and contradictory information contained throughout the LCD, stating that the LCD must be changed and clarified before finalization.
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August 8, 2016

Comments to Cigna Government Services on DRAFT Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Application of Skin Substitute for Wounds, of Lower Extremities (DL36690)

The Coalition submitted comments to Cigna Government Services (CGS) on draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Application of Skin Substitute for Wounds, of Lower Extremities (DL36690), stating that CGS has abandoned the widely accepted CTP nomenclature despite being the first company to recognize it. Specifically, CGS and has reverted to using the scientifically incorrect term “skin-substitutes” in their LCD title language. The Coalition believes that this problematic language causes confusion among the clinical community, resulting in clinical inaccuracies and coverage guidance issues. 
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