Update as of December 2018
As a stakeholder in the Access and Care Coalition, UOAA is actively working with all of the stakeholder members to maintain the current Medicare reimbursement system for ostomy and urological products. Recently, UOAA joined several coalition members in DC to meet with CMS and key legislative offices. We were able to share what it means to live with an ostomy and why product choice is so important. By allowing people in these meetings to handle actual product samples we also left a greater impression.
Overall, we were very pleased with the information we elicited from CMS and we confirmed that they are focused on other areas (ventilators, off the shelf back braces and off the shelf knee braces) for the present time (at least until 2021) for potential expansion of the CBP program.
We will continue to be vigilant on this issue and educate key decision-makers on how this impacts people living with an ostomy so that all ostomates have access to the ostomy supplies that they need.
No current action is necessary from ostomates at this time.
We will provide further updates as they become available.
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