Have You Read the Revised Surgical Dressing Local Coverage Determination and Article?

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Some readers may not realize that surgical dressings used by Medicare beneficiaries in their homes (when home health agencies are not involved in their care) were not always separately reimbursed. In fact, the first Surgical Dressing Local Coverage Determination (LCD) and attached Article were written less than 25 years ago. Since then, both documents have been refined slightly. However, some rather large revisions became effective on July 24, 2017.
Because all wound care professionals should read and understand the Surgical Dressing LCD and attached Articles (now there are 2 Articles), the Table reviews some of the new documents. The Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) rearranged the documents; therefore, you may find some guidelines in the Articles that used to be in the LCD. As stated previously, the DME MACs also added an additional Article to the LCD (A55426). By the time you read about the major changes, your interest should be piqued to read all the new surgical dressings guidelines, which can be found by following these links:
Note: This entire Article is new to this LCD. Because readers should read the entire Article, it is not reviewed in the Table.
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