ADHESIONS Sufferers: Help the US Govt understand the problem of adhesions

From: Tracy (joslin_t@swbell.net)
Wed Jan 2 18:47:51 2002


To Everyone on the IAS message board: Please read the following message and send in your comments! Responses are required by January 8, 2002. I'll have an adhesions.org email address soon!

Dear Adhesion Sufferers and Adhesions Health professionals

* How many times has a health professional told you that adhesions donít cause problems? * How many times have you come across health professionals that have never heard of adhesion barriers? * How many times have you come across health professionals that are unwilling to use adhesion barriers?

Well now you have a chance to help change all of that.

HOW?

By petitioning the US Government to collect data on the significant surgical procedure known as

"APPLICATION OF AN ADHESION BARRIER for PREVENTION of ADHESIONS"

This will be done by the creation of an ICD-9-CM code. These codes, used by physicians are the governmentís means of tracking important procedures. This data is used for many things including decisions about funding research.

The existence of a code for:

"APPLICATION OF AN ADHESION BARRIER for PREVENTION of ADHESIONS"

will enable the government as well as researchers to understand the magnitude of the problem and the need for the expanded use of adhesion barriers and increased funding for research in the prevention and treatment of Adhesion Related Disorder (ARD).

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are considering a proposal to add an ICD-9-CM code for the application of adhesion barriers.

They want to hear from patients and health professionals about the necessity for this code.

NOW is the time for YOU to send your comments to the Federal government.

Your comments will provide evidence that procedures for preventing adhesions should be considered significant procedures that require an ICD-9-CM code.

The government has set up a dedicated email address just for this project:

If you have a story to tell that highlights the need for more understanding about the use of adhesion barriers please: ∑ Email your comments to: IPPSNEWTECH@CMS.HHS.GOV . Please send a copy to the IAS at: david.wiseman@adhesions.org ∑ Place "Adhesion Barrier Comments" in the subject line. ∑ Send your comments by January 8, 2002

As a patient, have you, ® been affected by adhesions due to previous surgeries and told they are not a problem? ® experienced a disease or illness requiring multiple surgeries? ® experienced a significant reduction in quality of life due to adhesions? ® experienced a lack of willingness by your physician to use adhesion barriers?

As a Physician or Health Professional, have you, ® had experience coding surgical procedures and understand the importance of accurate and easy-to-use codes for significant procedures? ® experienced frustrations by your patients for continued adhesions or adhesions related complications?

You Can Help! If you have a story to tell that describes any of these issues, please: ∑ Email your comments to: IPPSNEWTECH@CMS.HHS.GOV . Please send a copy to the IAS at: david.wiseman@adhesions.org ∑ Place "Adhesion Barrier Comments" in the subject line. ∑ Send your comments by January 8, 2002

It is important that your comments are received by this date, as comments received after this date will not be considered. Unfortunately, the CMS will not be able to acknowledge receipt of the comments. Representatives of the CMS admittedly regret this, but due to the configuration of the email system, they are unable to generate an external automated response.

Thank you for your input and your efforts on this important issue.

Sincerely,

David Wiseman Ph.D., M.R.Pharm.S. Founder, International Adhesions Society (IAS) http://www.adhesions.org david.wiseman@adhesions.org

If you would like more information on adhesions or have additional questions, please visit the International Adhesions Society at http://www.adhesions.org

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Tracy Joslin
IAS Administrator

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