AOPA in Advance Archive


AOPA in Advance SmartBrief 2016

December 22, 2016
AOPA Submits Comments on AHRQ Systematic Review of Lower Limb Prostheses
December 20, 2016
        CMS Announces Initial Implementation of Prior Authorization Program – No Prosthetic Codes Included
December 15, 2016
December 13, 2016
        No Final Action on Medicare O&P Improvement Act or Other Medicare Issues in Final Continuing Resolution
December 8, 2016 
       District Court Grants AHA Judgement; HHS Mandated to Reduce ALJ Wait Times
       CMS Releases the 2017 DMEPOS Fee Schedule
December 6, 2016
December  1, 2016
November 29, 2016
Federal Judge Stops U.S. Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule
November 22, 2016
       Jurisdiction D DME MAC Releases Pre-Payment Audit Results
November 17, 2016
      HHS OIG Releases 2017 Work Plan
      Contact Your Senator During the Lame Duck Session
November 15, 2016
November 10, 2016
      AOPA’s Post-Election Analysis
      Clarification on DME MAC Joint Statement Regarding C-Leg
November 8, 2016
      CMS Releases New HCPCS Codes for 2017
November 3, 2016
      CMS Announces New RAC Contractors
November 1, 2016
      2017 Amounts in Controversy Recently Released
October 27, 2016
      Jurisdiction A DME MAC Offers Personalized Education Opportunities
October 25, 2016
October 20, 2016
October 18, 2016
      Present at the 2017 AOPA World Congress in Las Vegas
October 13, 2016
October 11, 2016
      Revised Coding for the C-Leg
      Coding Reminder for Prosthetic Covers and Skins
October 6, 2016
October 4, 2016
      Prepayment Results for L1832, L1843, L0648, L0650, and L4361
September 29, 2016
      AHRQ Announces Systematic Review of Clinical Literature on Lower Limb Prostheses
      CMS Announces New Address for CERT Documentation Submission
September 27, 2016
September 22, 2016
       HHS Request to U.S. District Court Rejected
September 20, 2016
September 15, 2016
September 13, 2016
       Highlights from the 2016 National Assembly in Boston, MA
September 1, 2016
August 30, 2016
August 25, 2016
August 23, 2016
       Jurisdiction D DME MAC Publishes Audit Results for CROW Walkers
August 18, 2016
       Jurisdiction D DME MAC Published Audit Results
August 16, 2016
August 11, 2016
       Contact Your Representative to Support the Medicare O&P Improvement Act
August 9, 2016
       AOPA Submits Comments to the FDA on 3-D Printing
August 4, 2016
       CMS reminds DMEPOS Providers to Report Changes Within 30 Days 
August 2, 2016
       Congress Being Urged by Some in “Big Medicine” and CMS, to Downgrade or Eliminate Stark Laws/ Rules that Preclude Self-Referral
July 28, 2016
DME MACs Release New Coding Guidelines for O&P Suppliers
July 26, 2016
        Prepayment Review Results for L1832, L1843, L0648, L0650
July 21, 2016
        RAC Audits Placed on Hiatus Again
July 19, 2016
        Bureau of Labor and Statistics Releases CPI-U Update
July 14, 2016
July 12, 2016
July 7, 2016
July 5, 2016
June 30, 2016
        AOPA Offers Two RAC Audit Preparation Webinars
June 28, 2016
June 23, 2016
       Jurisdiction A and Jurisdiction B DME MAC Contractors to Transition on July 1, 2016
June 21, 2016
       Senate Appropriations Committee Report Incorporates Recommendations to CMS on Draft LCD
June 16, 2016
       AOPA Updates its Joint Statement on Physical Characteristics of Orthopedic Shoe Inserts
June 14, 2016
June 9, 2016
June 7, 2016
       Renewed RAC Activity Reported
June 2, 2016
       Jurisdiction D DME MAC Publishes Results of Pre-Payment Reviews on AFO’s, KO’s L1833, and Spinal Orthoses
May 31, 2016
       Medicare Participation and Competitive Bidding: How Your Status Affects Your Reimbursement
       The FDA and 3-D Printing: What Potential Regulatory Action Means for O&P
May 26, 2016
       Jurisdiction B DME MAC Publishes Results of the Pre-Payment Review of Spinal Orthoses
May 24, 2016
      DME MACs Revise Knee Orthosis Policy
May 19, 2016
      CMS Issues Press Release on DMEPOS Payment Amounts
May 17, 2016
      CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2017 SNF Prospective Payment System
May 12, 2016
      Revised Limitations on the Scope of Review for Redeterminations & Reconsiderations 
May 10, 2016
May 5, 2016
      BOC’s Board Approves Program Changes for Orthotic, Prosthetic, and Pedorthic Certifications
May 3, 2016
      OGR Letter Released, and a Wrap-Up of a Big Week for O&P
April 28, 2016
April 26, 2016
April 21, 2016
April 19, 2016
       CMS Announces Update to Interest Rate for Medicare Overpayments and Underpayments
       Pre-Payment Probe Review for LSO/TLSOs
April 14, 2016
April 12, 2016
       CMS Finalizes Definition of Orthotics & Prosthetics in the Uniform Glossary of Medical Terms
April 7, 2016
April 5, 2016
March 31, 2016
March 29, 2016
AOPA Submits Comments on the Inclusion of the Term “Orthotics and Prosthetics” in The Uniform Glossary of Medical Terms
Bipartisan Bill That Would Delay Bundled Payments for Joint Replacements Introduced
March 24, 2016
March 22, 2016
       Jurisdiction D DME MAC Releases Audit Results
March 17, 2016
        Spinal Orthoses Pre-Payment Review Results
March 15, 2016
        Proof of Delivery Requirements: AOPA’s Efforts Pay Dividends
March 10, 2016
March 8, 2016
March 3, 2016
March 1, 2016
          AOPA and the O&P Alliance Meet with CMS Officials about Prosthetic LCD Workshop
February 25, 2016
         Where is CMS Going on Prior Authorization?
         AOPA Announces Request for Proposals for Pilot Grants
February 23, 2016
February 18, 2016
February 16, 2016
         Jurisdiction D Releases Pre-Payment Audit Results for OTS Walking Boots and Diabetic Shoes
February 11, 2016
         Alarming O&P Provisions Included in the President’s Proposed Budget
February 9, 2016
February 4, 2016
         Jurisdiction A Releases Pre-Payment Audit Results
February 2, 2016
         AOPA Education for Prior Authorization
January 28, 2016
         Update on DME MAC Contractor Transition
January 26, 2016
January 21, 2016
        CGS to be the New DME MAC for Jurisdiction B
January 19, 2016         
January 14, 2016
January 12, 2016
         Jurisdiction A DME MAC Contract Awarded to Noridian Health Solutions, LLC
January 7, 2016
January 5, 2016
CMS Issues Final Rule on Medicare Prior Authorization for Certain DMEPOS Including Most Lower Limb Prostheses
Jurisdiction A DME MAC Contract Awarded to Noridian Health Solutions, LLC
 

AOPA in Advance SmartBrief 2015

December 24, 2015
December 22, 2015
         National Supplier Clearinghouse Publishes to consignment Closet Requirements
December 17, 2015
         Congress Close to a Deal on Funding of the Federal Government 
December 15, 2015
         Jurisdiction B Releases Pre-Payment Preview Results for Spinal Orthoses
December 10, 2015
          Regulatory Updates – Two Bills of Interest to O&P Introduced in Congress
December 8, 2015
          PDAC Announces Coding Verification Review for Ankle Gauntlets
December 3, 2015
          Jurisdiction A DME MAC Releases Pre-Payment Audit Results
December 1, 2015
November 24, 2015
          2016 DMEPOS Fee Schedule Released – Call to Action
November 19, 2015
November 17, 2015
          RAC Contractors Have Been Authorized to Re-Start Audit Activity
November 12, 2015
November 10, 2015
November 5, 2015
          2016 HCPCS Codes Released
November 3, 2015
          Amputee Community Response Yield Partial Win on Troublesome, Draft LCD Lower Limb Prosthetics   
October 29, 2015
October 27, 2015
          Will the Budget Agreement Being Discussed Impact Medicare and O&P?
October 22, 2015
          AOPA Reacts to the White House, We The People Response
October 20, 2015
October 15, 2015
         The VA Weighs In on LCD Lower Limb Draft
October 13, 2015
          Highlights from the 2015 National Assembly
October 8, 2015
October 1, 2015
         ICD – 10 Has Arrived
September 29, 2015
September 24, 2015
          AOPA Members Host O&P PAC Fundraiser for O&P Advocate Tammy Duckworth
September 22, 2015
         LCD Policy Updates: What Has Happened after the Comment Period Closed and the August 26th Events
September 17, 2015
September 15, 2015
         Valuable, Members Only ICD-10 Resource Available from AOPA
September 10, 2015
September 8, 2015
         Jurisdiction B DME MAC Contract Awarded to CGS Administrators
        AOPA President Scripts Opinion Editorial on LCD Draft
September 3, 2015
        ICD-10 Compliance Less than a Month Away
September 1, 2015
New Limitations on Post Payment Reviews/Audits
August 27, 2015
A Chronology and Summary Comments on the Events of August 25-26 Relating to the DME MAC Proposed LCD on Lower Limb Prosthetics
August 25, 2015
August 20, 2015
AOPA and the Amputee Coalition Issue Joint Press Release on LCD Policy
August 18, 2015
Update on AOPA’s Actions on LCD Policy
August 13, 2015
        AOPA Meets with Deputy Administrator of CMS Regarding the Proposed LCD for Lower Limb Prosthetics
August 11, 2015
       Patient Postcards on LCD Policy – Print your Own Now
August 6, 2015
Lots of Ways to Take Action on DME MAC LCD Draft Policy
August 4, 2015
July 20, 2015
July 28, 2015
July 23, 2015
July 21, 2015
AOPA Actions on LCD Draft  Local Coverage Determination Relating to Reimbursement for Lower Limb Prosthetics
July 16, 2015
July 14, 2015
July 9, 2015
Jurisdiction B DME MAC: LSO/TLSO Prepayment Review Results
July 7, 2015
CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10
July 2, 2015
June 30, 2015
June 25, 2015
Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies – What Does it Mean for O&P?
Coding & Billing Reminder: Miscellaneous Codes
June 23, 2015
Legislation Repealing the Medical Device Tax Passes House
June 18, 2015
June 16, 2015
O&P Alliance Meets with CMS Deputy Administrator Dr. Shantanu Agrawal
Former AOPA President and O&P Legend Mike Schuch Obituary
Jurisdiction D Releases Pre-Payment Review Results
June 11, 2015
Department of Defense Bill to Include $10 Million for O&P Outcomes Research
June 9, 2015
June 4, 2015
June 2, 2015
OSHA Inspection of O&P Facilities – Are You Prepared?
Congratulations to the 2015 AOPA National Assembly Thranhardt Award Contenders!
May 28, 2015
Advocacy in NY State Leads to Elimination of One Limb per Lifetime Policy
May 26, 2015
May 21, 2015
AOPA & Congress Team up to Hold HHS to Task on OTS Orthotics
May 19, 2015
AOPA’s Mobility Saves Campaign Mentioned on CNN
May 14, 2015
May 12, 2015
May 7, 2015
         Jurisdiction A DME MAC Announces Pre-Payment Probe Reviews for L1940 and L4360
May 5, 2015
                 AOPA Supports the Efforts of O&P Businesses During Recent Small Business Administration Hearing
                 DME Macs Revise Policy Regarding Billing for Custom Fitted Orthoses
April 30, 2015
          Protest of DMEPOS, Home Health and Hospice Contract Award Dismissed
April 28, 2015
               CMS Announces Updated Interest Rate for Overpayments and Underpayments
               AOPA Staff Participates in Jurisdiction C DME MAC Advisory Council Meeting
April 23, 2015
           OTS Orthoses NOT Included as a Competitive Bidding Product Category
April 21, 2015
April 16, 2015
           With the President Signature on April 15th, the SGR/Doc Fix has Been Completed
April 14, 2015
April 9, 2015
           Heads Up on State Laws Affecting Residents
April 7, 2015
April 2, 2015
March 31, 2015
           Jurisdiction D Publishes Results of Pre-Payment Audits for L5980
March 26, 2015
              Policy Forum Scores Big “Ten”
              Renewed Hope for Relief from Recent O&P Challenges – Medicare O&P Improvement Act
March 24, 2015
March 19, 2015
             AOPA Study Shows ALJ Backlog’s Devastating Impact May Have Common-Sense Solution Plus Save CMS
             Big Bucks
March 17, 2015
            Billing Medicare for Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics that Are Not Delivered
March 12, 2015
         Jurisdiction C Reports Audit Results for Off-the-Shelf Diabetic Shoes
March 10. 2015
March 5, 2015
March 3, 2015
           OMHA Announces New ALJ Appeal Status Information Panel
           Revised Lower Limb Prostheses Policy Has Been Released
February 26, 2015
          The OTS Saga Continues
          HIPAA Reminder: Report Your Breaches to HHS Office of  Civil Rights
February 24, 2015
          Prosthetics 2020: An Invitation to AOPA Members
          AOPA Announces 2015 RFP’s
February 19, 2015
          DME MAC Joint Publication on Proof of Delivery
February 17, 2015
          AOPA Recommits to Fund Research Efforts
February 12, 2015
February 10, 2015
          AOPA Comments on 3-D Printing
February 5, 2015
February 3, 2015
January 29, 2015
          Protest Filing Delays National Contract Awards
January 27, 2015
         Ottobock Names Grand Prize Winner in Photo Contest
January 22, 2015
January 20, 2015
January 15, 2015
January 13, 2015
O&P Industry Leaders Attend the Inaugural AOPA Leadership Conference
January 8, 2015
New RAC Contract Clarification
Valuable, Members Only Compendium of Data Regarding Provision and Utilization of Orthotic and Prosthetic Services Released
AOPA Reiterates its Opposition to CMS’ Current Policy on How CMS Selects Who May Be Audited and How Often
January 6, 2015
AOPA Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Rule Regarding Essential Health Benefits
CMS Announces Single DMEPOS RAC Contract Awarded to Connolly LLC
 

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