Comments

Items Related to Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)

November 10, 2019

Comments to WPS Draft LCD for Wound Care

The Coalition submitted comments to WPS addressing the negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) provisions of its Draft LCD for Wound Care. The Coalition flagged to WPS that NPWT utilization parameters in its policy conflict with existing DMEMAC policy. The Coalition questioned WPS’ rationale for including NPWT in its policy and  recommended that WPS eliminate the information on NPWT in its draft and refer providers to the DMEMAC NPWT Local Coverage Determination.
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November 13, 2017

Letter to Rep. Blackburn (R-TN) regarding the DMEPOS Access and Transparency Act of 2017

The Coalition sent a November 2017 letter to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in reference to H.R. 2445, the DMEPOS Access and Transparency Act of 2017, also known as the DATA Act of 2017. The proposed legislation would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a prior authorization process under the Medicare program for certain high-cost DMEPOS. The Coalition letter supported the Act and requested an amendment be offered to exclude negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) from any prior authorization process. "While we generally support the DATA Act and its provisions to protect suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (“DMEPOS”) from burdensome and potentially duplicative pre- and post-payment audits when they participate in a prior authorization program, the approach would unintentionally undermine the treatment protocol and quality of care for those patients who require Negative Pressure Wound Therapy,” wrote the Coalition.
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September 11, 2017

Comments to CMS on the proposed CY 2018 Physician Fee Schedule

The Coalition submitted comments to CMS on “CMS 1676-P: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018.” The Coalition comments requested that CMS consider establishing office-based PE RUV’s for disposable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (dNPWT). Comments also noted issues with codes and payment rates for NPWT services. The Coalition recommended that CMS assign direct cost inputs to disposable negative pressure wound therapy, which would allow the establishment of national payment rates for CPT codes 97607 and 97608 in the final Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule for CY 2018. In response to CMS’s request for information on flexibility and efficiency opportunities to increase care, reduce costs and reduce burdens for clinicians and patients, the Coalition asked the agency to consider reform of the process it uses to assign new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II billing codes to durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS).
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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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December 25, 2016

Comments to CMS on Interim Final Rule with Comment Period on Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems (OPPS)

The Coalition submitted comments to CMS on the Interim Final Rule for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems, CMS-1656-IFC. The Coalition states that under this payment model, hospitals would lose the ability to provide cellular/ tissue based products (CTPs) and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) products to patients. The Coalition recommends that CMS reconsider their choice to adopt the Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule (MPFS) so that hospitals may have the ability to provide NPWT and CTP products. 
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August 26, 2016

Comments to CMS on CY 2017 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements

The Coalition submitted comments to CMS on the CY 2017 Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements. The Coalition noted that its members had been involved and closely monitoring the creation of the Patient Access to Disposable Medical Technology Act of 2016. That Act became section 504 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. Because Coalition members were so closely monitoring that process, the Coalition was very aware of the original congressional intent of these statutes as they relate to add-on payments to home health agencies (HHAs) and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT). The Coalition clarified in comments that the intent of these statues was not for home health agencies to absorb to entire cost of care for a patient requiring NPWT in the home. The Coalition recommended that CMS revise their proposal to match the Congressional intent and language revolving around disposable NPWT devices in home health settings. 
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August 22, 2016

Comments to CMS on Medicare Program Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program Bid Surety Bonds, State Licensure and Appeals Process for Breach of Contract Actions, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosth

The Coalition submitted comments to CMS on CMS-1651-P: Medicare Program Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program Bid Surety Bonds, State Licensure and Appeals Process for Breach of Contract Actions, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program and Fee Schedule Adjustments, Access to Care Issues for Durable Medical Equipment, stating that while the Coalition agrees with some provisions that CMS has adopted regarding the competitive bidding program, significant problems remain. Specifically, the Coalition is concerned that CMS does not do a sufficient job vetting vendors for the competitive bidding program or ensuring the implementation of quality standards and products. The Coalition also takes issue with CMS’s decrease in reimbursement for NPWT, as the ramifications of that decrease can have devastating impacts on rural communities.  
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