NPUAP congratulates CMS on putting consumers first

The NPUAP announced today that the recent decision by CMS to separate skin protective cushions from bundled competitive bidding is a victory for all Americans. NPUAP President Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, GNP, CWOCN added, “We are pleased that the open forum process and opportunity for stakeholders to provide written commentary on a draft version of a CMS policy has driven change.” The comments received by CMS from NPUAP and others have resulted in policy makers at CMS realizing the importance of patient-focused care for Americans with disabilities and prompted revisions to the proposed policy.

Despite public concern about the fate of Medicare in the present political environment this announcement highlights that sound reasoning can prevail. CMS was responsive to the comments of the NPUAP and other professional organizations regarding the importance of customizable, pressure redistribution seat cushions for Americans requiring specialty care to prevent pressure ulcers and their devastating sequelae.