Position Statement on the Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Savings Act of 2010
Overview: The bill was initiated by NLN Legislative Advocate Bob Weiss. Following the initial draft he has worked closely with a Congressional Legislative Counsel and Congressman Larry Kissell of North Carolina, to re-work the text.
The bill has the goal of reducing total healthcare costs through avoidance of periodic infections, pain, and disabilities resulting from lymphedema. Specific goals of the bill are:
Executive Summary: Providing treatment for individuals with lymphedema or those at risk requires specialty training. It is imperative that lymphedema therapists receive training in accordance with the highest level of lymphedema training standards before commencing lymphedema treatment services. This level of training is essential to providing successful management of lymphedema patients. Minimum training standards have been set and shared between NALEA member schools, which are equivalent to practice standards established by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA). Therapists who have successfully completed at least 135 hours of lymphedema therapy training and are certified by a recognized NALEA member school meet the industry standard of minimum education set forth by LANA.
Regarding the Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Savings Act of 2010, it is the position of NALEA that:
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