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Dear Board, I am clarifying an answer you provided from a previous question: CMS-HHS for new/revised ICD-10 procedure codes relating to incontinence. Answered March 31, 2021 "this cannot be used for points until completed." Would complete be considered when I submit the proposed recommendations for ICD-10 code revisions to CMS? Thank you so much!

Answered April 14, 2021
Thanks for your question. The proposed recommendations need to be completed vs in the process of being completed. I hope this helps and good luck!


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I am facilitating/organizing the FOW (Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA)exhibit booth at the Virtual WOCNext conference in June 2021. Plus I will be at the booth June26th for 2 hours when the exhibit hall is open. Can I obtain points for being the facilitator and also points for helping at the exhibit booth?

Answered April 13, 2021
Thank you for your questions! Please submit the facilitating/organizing the FOW booth for pre-approval. See page 15 in the PGP Handbook for conference booth volunteer work for volunteering at the booth. Good luck on your portfolio!


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My certification has expired. It's been almost two years now. I was granted an extension because my dad passed away unexpectedly and I just could not focus on certification. After six months it was still difficult. Then shortly after that the COVID pandemic began. Can I still take the exams for wound, ostomy certification as a new grad if I attend the conference and get the CEUs needed?

Answered April 13, 2021
When credentials have lapsed more than 6 months, you may apply to certify again via exam. Your exam application can make you eligible via either the Experiential Pathway or the Traditional Pathway. The experiential method allows you to show 1,500 clinical experience hours of direct patient care per specialty (1,500 wound and 1,500 ostomy for example) along with 50 CE in each area that pertain to the specialty. The traditional method is to graduate a WOC education program as long as it is current within the past five years. Please review "Eligibility" on this website under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence."


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During the pandemic my wound care team has created a series of fun short education videos which we call “ wok tocs” on wound care topics. Can you please tell me what category this would fall under ? Thanks

Answered April 13, 2021
Thanks for your question! Were your videos for clinicians? If so, see page 20 in the PGP Handbook under develop educational tool. Good luck on your portfolio!


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I have these abbreviations GS, eR, CS, ePI? these are from conferences and are at various times. Should I place under the most appropriate Specialty? Are they all considered Poster CEs?

Answered April 11, 2021
You would have to ask the society that put on the conference. GS is usually a general session that can be applied to any portfolio but I would clarify with the conference organization before applying it to your portfolio. The others you mention appear to be posters.


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What if a topic at a conference covers different specialties; i.e W,O,C,PP. Can you split the points between each Category or would it be better to place it in a specialty where points are needed? What category do the Symposiums at Conference go under? Just pick a Specialty that it most closely relates to?

Answered April 11, 2021
If it is a conference with each lecture assigned W, O, C, or PP, Each lecture must be applied towards the specialty it was assigned e.g O would go to Ostomy portfolio. The PP can be applied to any portfolio.


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With respect to the 50 ostomy CEU's within the 5 years prior to the certification process, can you count time spent working with a preceptor at an ostomy clinic; attending a pouching inservice and observation of alginate molding for custom ileostomy pouching? What documentation would be required? Thank you.

Answered January 6, 2018
You may have a maximum of 40 CEU's for each Portfolio when Recertifying. If you are getting Certified for the first time, the requirements are different. All of the activities you listed would qualify for Recertification. If you are becoming certified for the first time, I will refer this to another source.


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Is the cwocn called clinical nurse specialist?

Answered November 17, 2017
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are registered nurses who typically hold a master's degree, at minimum, along with national certification denoting advanced knowledge and clinical skills specific to a particular patient population or specialized area of nursing. Therefore, this designation (CNS) is not issued by our credentialing body, WOCNCB, but rather by a state board of nursing or perhaps given by the university while earning the MSN. In some states, it is a practice-based designation to use CNS.


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Please let me know what course I would need to take and where to qualify to sit for the exam. Thanks very much, Diane Carroll I live in Massachusetts


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