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Sigvaris spreads awareness

March 10, 2020HME News Staff

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - Sigvaris Group participated in World Lymphedema Day on March 6, helping to spread awareness and support the search for a cure. “As an advocate for the millions living with lymphedema, our company seeks to put lymphedema research front and center on the global healthcare stage through our long-standing relationships with nonprofits, researchers and the medical community,” said Barbara Osborne, CEO and president of Sigvaris Group North America. World Lymphedema Day...

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Lymphedema bill reintroduced

February 15, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Todd Young, R-Ind., reintroduced The Lymphedema Treatment Act on Feb. 14. The bill, S. 518, would require Medicare to pay for compression garments, bandages and supplies to reduce lymphedema-related swelling and prevent recurrence. It has 32 original co-sponsors. A previous version of the bill was introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in 2017. Those bills, ultimately, garnered 385 and 66 co-sponsors, respectively.

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Lymphedema advocates apply consistent pressure

March 2, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - One of the most supported healthcare-related bills currently pending in Congress, this may be the year H.R. 930 crosses the finish line, lymphedema advocates say.“We are looking at any possible vehicles to get this attached to,” said Judy Woodward, chairwoman of awareness for the Lymphedema Advocacy Group. “There are people championing this and trying to find ways to make that happen.”The Lymphedema Treatment Act would amend Medicare statute to pay for compression...

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Tactile Systems launches system to treat head and neck lymphedema

May 26, 2017HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS - Tactile Systems Technology has launched Flexitouch, a pneumatic compression system to treat head and neck lymphedema at home. In a completed limited market release with more than 80 patients, 88% saw a reduction in head and neck swelling after an initial 32-minute session, according to a press release. “We are thrilled with these positive results demonstrating that the Flexitouch system can help head and neck lymphedema patients effectively reduce lymphedema swelling and improve...

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Lymphedema advocates leverage personal connections

March 24, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - With recently reintroduced legislation in hand, more than 70 lymphedema advocates will visit Capitol Hill this week to build on previous support.The Lymphedema Treatment Act would amend Medicare statute to pay for compression garments, bandages and supplies to reduce lymphedema-related swelling and prevent recurrence. Currently, Medicare only pays for pneumatic compression pumps, and therapy provided by physical and occupational therapists.“We're looking forward to keeping this...

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Lymphedema advocates push for broader coverage

April 22, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Lymphedema advocates took to Capitol Hill last week to gain support for legislation that would address a gap in treatment coverage for the chronic and often debilitating condition.With a presidential election looming in the fall, the Lymphedema Advocacy Group, which held its 2016 Lymphedema Lobby Days April 19-20, wants to take advantage of the time it has now, before lawmakers get too distracted.“There's momentum behind this,” said Judy Woodward, chairwoman of awareness...

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Sigvaris sponsors lymphedema, wound care certification

April 9, 2015HME News Staff

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - Sigvaris and the International Lymphedema & Wound Care Training Institute have teamed up to offer what they say is the only certification program focused on wound care and lymphedema. The program, which includes 62.5 hours of online pre-course work followed by six days of labs and workshops, is designed to educate medical professionals as they help treat patients with chronic wounds, lymphedema and edema. The program is accredited by the physical therapy, occupational therapy...

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Letter to the editor

April 26, 2010HME News Staff

I would like to submit a clarification that might make the intent and provisions of H.R. 4662, the Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Saving Act of 2010, a little clearer. The bill is a comprehensive lymphedema treatment bill that defines the medical persons who can: 1) diagnose and prescribe treatment and DMEPOS; 2) apply hands-on treatment, and; 3) provide measurement and fitting services for compression items for the treatment of lymphedema. There are three separate lists of healthcare persons...

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Bill lobbies for compression garments

March 10, 2010Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - A bill that would require Medicare to cover compression garments and other items used to treat lymphedema began making the rounds in February, but some industry stakeholders say it needs some clarification. Introduced Feb. 23 by Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., the Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Saving Act of 2010, would improve the diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema under the Medicare program. Among other things, the bill, H. R. 4662, seeks to establish Medicare coverage for...

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