There’s a scene in “Men in Black” where Jay panics about a looming crisis, but Kay tells him that there’s always an intergalactic plague threatening to destroy the earth, and that the only way people get on with life is if they don’t know about it. Truthfully, the field of wound care could use a little more panicking. For 15 years, the “MIB” division of Wound Care has done too good a job, so most practitioners don’t know how much work it takes to keep the field from annihilation.
For many years I have been proud to co-chair the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, an association of physician and clinical organizations focused on promoting quality care and access to products and services for patients with wounds and the providers who treat them. The Alliance unites leading wound care experts to advocate on public policy issues that may create barriers to patient access to treatments or care. It’s the MIB of wound care.
In 2017, the Alliance responded to an unprecedented number of legislative and regulatory issues. I’ve attached links to a few of the accomplishments and comment letters that I think are the most relevant to the wound care clinician, but all of the Alliance official comments are available on its website: http://www.woundcarestakeholders.org/

  • Written comments to Novitas on draft LCD on wound care (March)
  • Written comments to FCSO draft LCD on wound care (March)
  • Written comments to WPS draft wound care LCD (June)
  • Written comments to Novitas draft LCD on treatment of varicose veins of the lower extremities (March)

Now you can see why the Alliance deserves to be thought of as the MIB of wound care. As long as I don’t have to deal with roaches. I have a thing about roaches.