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As a board member of the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, I invite you to our upcoming Wound Care Evidence Summit where we will explore the key question: What type and quantity of clinical evidence is required by payers in formulating positive coverage policies for wound care products and procedures?

If you are involved in the field of wound care, you know that wound care coverage policies are becoming increasingly restrictive. You try to get the payer to approve the use of a product that’s available on the market and that works in your hands, only to be told it isn’t covered because the payer isn’t convinced by the data. Or, you are pretty sure that a product will help a patient with a limb-threatening wound, but because it’s worse than the ones enrolled in the clinical trials of the product, it isn’t covered.

The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is bringing together researchers, regulators and payers to discuss this frustrating mess that hurts patient care. The Summit is a unique opportunity. There’s never been an event like it in which government and commercial payers (e.g., Medicare, Humana, Anthem, Aetna), Federal policymakers and regulators (e.g., CMS, FDA, NIH, AHRQ), researchers, medical societies, and manufacturers will meet together to build solutions.

The May 19-20, 2022, Summit will convene these diverse stakeholders to build focus around a broad range of issues including:

  • What type of evidence, and how much, is required by payers for coverage?
  • What type of clinical evidence best reflects real-world patients and real-world realities of wound care practice?
  • Where are the gaps in the research base, and what changes in future approaches to wound care research would be most impactful?
  • What will be acceptable across regulators, payers and the clinical community?

See the impressive agenda. I’m proud to be able to provide this opportunity to my colleagues and peers. I hope you will join us. To keep the meeting intimate and interactive, space is limited – so I encourage you to register early to secure your slot!

Caroline


Dr. Fife sees patients at the CHI St. Luke's Hospital Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. For an appointment call (936) 266-2150.



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