Lymphedema Insurance & Legislation Update: Jan-March 2009

By Robert (Bob) Weiss, MS, LE Legislative Advocate

As regular readers of this column will realize, the efforts to change reimbursements for lymphedema treatment materials is being directed in two distinctly different directions. We are urging patients, therapists and suppliers to appeal every denial of compression bandages and garments to convince insurers (including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS) that there truly is a problem with lymphedema treatment policies.