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July 20, 2020 – Bethesda, MD – The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to expand and increase reimbursement for wound-care related telehealth visits; provide flexibility in documentation requirements for continued need and refill of surgical dressings and other supplies; and permit medically necessary procedures to take place on the same date of service so that quality care to be provided to patients while minimizing their risk of COVID-19 exposure.

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San Antonio – July 2020 – EO2 Concepts® announced the release of an enhanced version of their full wound closure, at-home therapy system. The upgrade of the system consists of new and improved features for both the medical device, called the OxyGeni®, and the OxySpur® wound dressings.

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Toronto, CANADA – July 16, 2020 – MolecuLight Inc., the leader in point-of-care fluorescence imaging for real-time detection of bacteria in wounds, announced the launch of its new i:X® Telemedicine Solution. The i:X Telemedicine Solution provides a synchronous link between the patient's bedside and the remote wound care clinician. With this secure solution, MolecuLight i:X imaging can be performed at any care location for accurate detection of wounds containing bacteria (> 104 CFU/g) and reviewed remotely and in real-time, enabling remote clinicians to obtain objective information on the status of bacterial burden in the wound and provide guidance on patient care.

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Toronto, CANADA – July 9, 2020 – MolecuLight Inc., creator of a device for point-of-care fluorescence imaging for real-time detection of bacteria in wounds, announces the launch of its new i:X Sterile Surgical Sleeve Convenience Kit for imaging bacteria in wounds using the MolecuLight i:X in a surgical and/or isolation setting. The convenience kit includes a unique disposable surgical sleeve that is fitted to neatly shroud the i:X device via an adapter to align the optics of the i:X to the sleeve. It is made of novel, optically-clear material so it doesn't interfere or degrade the fluorescence signal or image quality of the device. The surgical sleeve is now available to all customer sites in the US and Canada that want to perform bacterial imaging in these clinical settings and enables wound care practitioners to safely use the MolecuLight i:X to image wounds (both standard and fluorescence imaging) in a sterile field by providing a sterile barrier between the i:X device and the patient.

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Miami, FL – June 30, 2020 – Amniox Medical, Inc. (Amniox), a TissueTech, Inc. company and pioneer in the clinical application of human birth tissue-based products, announced today the initiation of the first of two planned multi center randomized controlled Phase 3 Clinical Trials that will be conducted at 20 investigational sites across the U.S. with an enrollment of 220 patients in each trial. These trials, titled AMBULATE DFU and AMBULATE DFU II, will study the benefits and risks of using TTAX01 to achieve complete wound closure of complex non-healing DFUs with high-risk factors of ulcer depth indicating exposed bone, tendon, muscle, and/or joint capsule, and clinical suspicion of osteomyelitis.

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By Marcia Nusgart, RPh; Lee C. Rogers, DPM; Mark D. Iafrati, MD, FACS; Paul J. Kim, DPM, MS, FACFAS; Karen Ravitz, JD; Stephanie Woelfel, PT, DPT, CWS, FACCWS; and Emily Greenstein, APRN,CNP, CWON

On May 7, 2020, the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders presented a round table discussion with frontline experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities clinicians are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion reviewed the significant changes wound care professionals are undergoing, a review of relevant regulatory flexibilities, and the Alliance's role in ensuring that wound care is identified as "essential" care, rather than "elective." A question and answer session followed the panels' discussion; the following represents some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Edison, N.J. – June 25, 2020 – MTF Biologics, a global nonprofit organization providing tissue and organ donation, transplantation, and research, today announced that new positive coverage decisions by Aetna, Centene Corporation, WellCare and Tufts Health Plan will provide greater access to its human placental and dermal allografts, AmnioBand® and AlloPatch®, for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs).

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Toronto, Canada– June 15, 2020 – MolecuLight Inc., a provider of point-of-care fluorescence imaging for real-time detection of bacteria in wounds, announces the availability of its MolecuLight i:X® platform to 9,000 healthcare facilities in the US through its new commercial arrangement with MAGNET GROUP GPO.

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Toronto, CANADA – June 11, 2020 – MolecuLight Inc., the creator of a point-of-care fluorescence imaging device for real-time detection of bacteria in wounds, announces that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has assigned an Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) code 5722 for the MolecuLight i:X imaging procedure for point-of-care real-time fluorescence wound imaging for bacterial presence, location and load (CPT® code 0598T (Category III)). The new APC code is effective July 1, 2020 and enables facility reimbursement under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), with a 2020 hospital outpatient payment rate of approximately $253.10 USD. This is in addition to the two category III CPT codes (0598T and 0599T), which also become active on July 1, 2020, that enable physicians to request payment from payers for their work providing the MolecuLight i:X imaging procedure.

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The Wound Healing Fondation shares news on the Thomas K Hunt lecture, their COVID-19 patient tips, and new Board of Directors members.

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