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The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is a nonprofit multidisciplinary trade association of physician medical specialty societies and clinical associations whose mission is to promote quality care and access to products and services for people with wounds through effective advocacy and educational outreach in the regulatory, legislative and public arenas.


Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders Busy Advocating for Members

The Alliance has been busy in submitting comments to legislative bodies and regulatory agencies. Click here for a complete list of our “Official Comments" section under the Activities and Achievements for the following comments submitted by the Alliance with our members' guidance and input:”

  • February 2018-Alliance comments to CMS on “Hospital Harm – Hospital Acquired Condition: Pressure Injury”/span>
  • January 2018-DMEMAC response to Alliance request for an advisory article addressing the surgical dressing webinar.
  • December 2017-Alliance letter to DMEMACs requesting clarification of information shared on surgical dressing educational webinar.
  • November 2017-Alliance letter to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) requesting exclusion of NPWT from prior authorization as part of HR 2445.
  • November 2017-Alliance comments to CMS in response to their RFI on the new direction of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation.
  • October 2017-Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DMEMAC) response to Alliance September 2017 letter to clarify issues in the Surgical Dressing LCD
  • September 2017-Alliance comments to CMS on the proposed CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System
  • September 2017-Alliance comments to CMS on the proposed CY 2018 Physician Fee Schedule
  • September 2017-Alliance letter to DMEMACs requesting clarifications on surgical dressing LCD (L33831)
  • August 2017-Alliance comments to CMS' CY Updates to the Quality Payment Program

Clinical Association Meetings

Feb. 4-6, 2018
American Association of Nurse Practitioners Health Policy Conference
Washington, D.C.

February 9-10, 2018
Atlanta, GA

February 21-23, 2018
American Venous Forum
Tucson, AZ

February 21-24, 2018
American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meetings
New Orleans, LA

March 7-9, 2018
Visiting Nurses Association of America National Leadership Conference
Washington, DC

March 22-25, 2018
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Nashville, TN

April 5-7, 2018
Diabetic Limb Salvage (DLS) Conference
Washington, DC

April 7, 2018
American Professional Wound Care Association
Edinburg, TX

April 25-29, 2018
Wound Healing Society Annual Meeting
Charlotte, NC

Click here for a complete list of 2018 meetings >

Celebrating 15 Years of Advocacy

The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders celebrates its 15th anniversary of bringing a unified wound care voice to health policy issues. 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.

Celebrating 15 Years

New Study Demonstrates the Economic Costs, Policy Implications of Chronic Wounds

With quality measure-based payment models driving Medicare reimbursement under MACRA, wound care practitioners have been challenged with few reportable measures relevant to wound care. A new study funded by the Alliance and published in Value in Health shows the full burden of wound care in the U.S. Medicare population. Topline findings show that chronic wounds impact nearly 15% of Medicare beneficiaries (8.2 million) at an annual cost to Medicare conservatively estimated at $28.1 to $31.7 billion.

The sheer economic impact of these aggregate findings emphasize the policy imperative for CMS health policy makers to develop more appropriate quality measures, episode of care measures and reimbursement models for wound care. 

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