RAND Corporation Study: “Tech Gap” Puts U.S. Amputees At Greater Risk Of Injury, Death As Medicare, Private Payers Deny Access To Newer Artificial Limbs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 19, 2017 – U.S. amputees are facing a “tech gap” in which Medicare and private health insurers deny access to new microprocessor-controlled knees (MPKs) that are only slightly more expensive over a lifetime and considerably safer in terms of preventable injuries and deaths than the alternative “1970s-style” artificial lower limbs. Those are among the key findings of a major new report issued today by the RAND Corporation and available online from the American Orthotics & Prosthetics Association (AOPA) at: https://bit.ly/randstudy.
Washington, DC – September 9, 2017 – In light of cost-cutting pressure from payers, in particular Medicare where total payments for prosthetics declined 15% during the 2010-14 period despite advances in technologies, and a 2015 attempt to tighten rules even more, there has been in urgent need to demonstrate the value of advanced prosthetics and related services. The RAND Corporation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institution respected for decades of key contributions to inform public policy debates, who undertook this needed comprehensive economic valuation for advanced prosthetics. The conclusion of RAND’s efforts serves as a marker that is answering not only specific questions about the cost-effectiveness of technology utilization, but will also provide a P&O specific basis for a generation of researchers and health economists to build upon.
WASHINGTON, DC – June 27, 2017 – At 2:30 p.m. EDT, the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Amputee Coalition will hold a joint phone-based news conference following a multi-coalition Congressional briefing. The two groups will caution that, in order to be viable, any health care reform plan needs to avoid three problem areas to ensure proper care and treatment for America’s two million amputees, which include military veterans, accident victims, and older Americans.
WASHINGTON, DC – June 16, 2017 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to announce that AOPA and its members will be celebrating Healthcare Compliance & Ethics Week (HCEW) November 5-11, 2017. AOPA is providing resources for AOPA members, most of them at no cost, to facilitate their participation in the celebration during the week and leading up to it.
WASHINGTON, DC – March 27, 2017 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to announce that the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) will sponsor the 2017 World Congress’ Presidential Papers – representing the top-ten clinical education submissions of original research and backed by a full manuscript. The Presidential Papers will be published in a special supplement of the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. ABC’s commitment and support will make this research available worldwide through the journal and accompanying search indexes such as Medline.
WASHINGTON, DC – February 27, 2017 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), in partnership with the Center for O&P Learning & Evidence-Based Practice (COPL), has unveiled its 2017 Requests for Proposals (RFPs) inviting submissions for conducting Orthotic and Prosthetic research.
WASHINGTON, DC – February 23, 2017 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), its international partner organizations, and the 2017 World Congress Planning Committee are proud to announce that two new partners, the Orthotics and Prosthetics Association of India (OPAI) and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA), will be participating in the 2017 AOPA World Congress to be held September 6‐9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
WASHINGTON, DC – February 3, 2017 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2017 and has unveiled a commemorative website, www.AOPA100.org.
December 6, 2016 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), its international partner organizations, and the 2017 Planning Committee have announced the Call for Papers for the AOPA World Congress to be held September 6‐9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 26, 2016 – The 99th Annual AOPA National Assembly is coming to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. The Annual Assembly is the highlight of the year for the more than 2,200 orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professionals expected in attendance – because of its expansive educational opportunities, massive exhibit hall, and engaging events.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 18, 2016 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) will honor Thomas Watson, CP with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly in Boston, MA. This award is bestowed on individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the orthotics and prosthetics profession.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2016 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) has announced that Ashlie White, MA has joined the AOPA staff team as the Manager of Projects. The addition of Ms. White represents another proactive step that AOPA has taken to ensure the success of AOPA members and the O&P profession through projects and initiatives.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2016 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) has announced the contenders for the 2016 Thranhardt Award. The award, launched by a gift from J.E. Hanger in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP in 1996 has become one of the most distinguished honors in the orthotics and prosthetics profession.
WASHINGTON, DC – May 2, 2016 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) wrapped up the 2016 Policy Forum with its first ever O&P Legislation-Writing Congress.
GROUP: AMPUTEES NOW BEING DENIED COVERAGE BY PRIVATE INSURERS BASED ON WIDELY CRITICIZED AND UNFINALIZED MEDICARE RULE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 21, 2016 –“We Warned Last Year That This Would Turn Back the Clock for America’s Amputees … And It Has.” Portland and Minneapolis Amputees Denied Coverage by United Healthcare Tell Their Story; Cigna Also Criticized for Exploiting Non-Final Medicare Rule. A highly controversial Medicare rule proposal to turn back the clock to 1970s-style health care for America’s two million amputees set off a firestorm of protests last summer. Now, the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is warning that, as predicted, the Medicare rule is being exploited by private health care insurers to deny coverage to amputees for previously approved medical care and devices. (Listen to the audio from the press conference.)
WASHINGTON, DC – February 26, 2016 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), in partnership with the Center for O&P Learning & Evidence-Based Practice (COPL), has unveiled its 2016 Requests for Proposals (RFPs) inviting submissions for conducting Orthotic and Prosthetic research. AOPA will be funding up to four pilot grants for amounts up to $15,000 each.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 9, 2015 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) has announced the winners of the Mobility Saves Testimonial Contest. Jeff Lewis of Mesa, AZ won the grand prize of $500 for his video describing his active life as a quadruple amputee, including bowling, dancing, and golfing. On the independence he achieves with the help of prosthetics, Jeff said “Certainly I have some restrictions, but I am not going to let the things I can’t do get in the way of the things I can.”
Former CFI director Ret. Lieutenant Col. Donald Gajewski, MD Returns to San Antonio for AOPA National Assembly
WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 2, 2015 – Retired Lieutenant Colonel Donald Gajewski, MD, former director of the Center for the Intrepid and renowned orthopedic surgeon is returning to San Antonio to address attendees of the 98th Annual American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, October 7-10.
AOPA Announces Winners of the Otto and Lucille Becker Award and the Edwin and Kathryn Arbogast Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 28, 2015– The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to announce the winners of the annual student poster awards.
Tyler Klenow as the recipient of the fifth annual Otto and Lucille Becker Award for his orthotic abstract, “A Functional Comparison of a Carbon Fiber AFO and Two Modular KAFO Conditions Using Outcome Measures in a Veteran Subject with Traumatic Brain Injury.” Tyler is a resident at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital, and graduated with a Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Eastern Michigan University. Lisa Abernethy, of Alabama State University, is the recipient of the fifth annual Edwin and Kathryn Arbogast Award for her prosthetic abstract, “Going Back In Time: A Content Analysis On The Media Portrayal Of Characters With Antiquated Prostheses.”
AOPA Announces Legislative Advocacy Award Honorees: Rick Riley; Teri Kuffel, Esq.; and Charles Kuffel, MSM, CPO, FAAOP
WASHINGTON, D.C. September 22, 2015– The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) will honor 3 recipients of the Ralph R. “Ronney” Snell Legislative Advocacy Award: Rick Riley; Teri Kuffel, Esq.; and Charles Kuffel, MSM, CPO, FAAOP. This award is presented to individuals in the field who have made valuable contributions toward advancing the legislative and regulatory goals of the O&P community by motivating members of Congress, state legislators and other decision makers to make sure the needs of patients and providers in our field are accommodated.
AMPUTEES, EXPERTS: DON’T “TURN BACK THE CLOCK” ON STANDARD OF CARE FOR TWO MILLION AMERICAN AMPUTEES
WASHINGTON, D.C – August 25, 2015 – A double amputee who has worn advanced prosthetic devices for decades no longer would be eligible for new prostheses because he never achieved a perfect “natural gait.” A 68-year-old minister of a church, who had her left leg amputated above the knee as a result of diabetes, would be denied an advanced prosthetic limb because Medicare once paid for a set of crutches that she used when she got up to use the bathroom during the night. A 65-year old Viet Nam War veteran, who suffered an injury from an explosion at Khe Sahn in 1972 and had his right leg amputated above the knee, switched from Veterans Administration (VA) health care to Medicare, and would not get his ninth prosthesis because he occasionally used a wheelchair during business travel. A retired mechanic, who suffered a sepsis infection that resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee, would be denied a prosthetic device by Medicare because he takes a common medication for the treatment of hypertension.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 19, 2015 – Proposed changes to Medicare’s reimbursement for lower limb prosthetic care would create unreasonable and clinically unjustified hurdles to amputees receiving care that is now routinely provided, according to a warning issued today by the Amputees Coalition and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). The proposed changes in amputee care not only would have a devastating impact on Medicare amputee beneficiaries, but on all of the two million amputees in the U.S., since commercial health insurance payers tend to follow the lead of Medicare on such matters.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 4, 2015– The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) will honor Thomas V. DiBello, CO with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 AOPA National Assembly in San Antonio, TX. This award is bestowed on individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the orthotics and prosthetics profession.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 19, 2015 –With a massive backlog of Medicare reimbursement appeals by health care providers growing at the alarming rate of 15,000 a week and with handling of the appeals delayed from the 90 days required by law to three years or longer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could save $12 million over a decade by postponing reimbursement of disputed payments until the disputes are resolved, according to a new analysis from Dobson DaVanzo & Associates (Dobson DaVanzo) commissioned by the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA).
WASHINGTON, DC— February 21, 2015 – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), has unveiled its slate of 2015 Requests for Proposals (RFPs) inviting submissions for conducting Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) research. These research grants are each funded, in part or whole, by AOPA and research funding from the association has been awarded annually since 2009.
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), announced a call for papers in preparation for its 2015 National Assembly. The National Assembly Planning Committee issued the invitation for submissions for the country’s oldest and largest meeting for the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic profession, which will be held October 7-10, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2014 HCPCS update. This update includes all new, changed, and deleted HCPCS codes that will be implemented for claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2014. For codes that describe orthotic and prosthetic services, there are 24 new codes, 63 codes that have had their descriptors changed and 1 code that has been deleted.
During the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association’s (AOPA) 2013 O&P World Congress, results of the electronic voting by members was announced. AOPA members elected new officers to its executive committee and welcomed two newly elected members to the Board of Directors.
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to announce that the Canadian Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics (CAPO) is the latest organization to join as an official partner of the 2013 O&P World Congress.
The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and its partners, The U.S. National Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (USISPO); and the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology/Con.fair.med are pleased to announce this call for papers for the 2013 World Congress to be held Sept. 18-21, 2013 at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA.
World-renowned orthotic and prosthetic professionals met last weekend to plan the AOPA hosted 2013 World Congress – the prevailing event for orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthic professionals in the Western Hemisphere…
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association is proud to announce that a World Congress of Orthotics & Prosthetics will be hosted by AOPA September 18-21, 2013 at the Gaylord Palm Resort in Orlando, Florida….
AOPA presented the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award to Rudolf B. Becker, III, President and CEO of the Becker Orthopedic Appliance Company…