AOPA updated you on all the events on the LCD Policy Proposal – the comments we submitted and helped members and patients submit, the rally at HHS, the meetings we had with CMS, the open DME MAC meeting, the PR campaign, etc. But what has happened since the closing of the comments on August 31st? […]
Read AOPA President Charlie Dankmeyer, Jr., CPO’s Opinion Editorial on the LCD Draft in the Washington Times “Like my peers, I have spent my 40-plus-year career working to move persons with limb loss out of the shadows of society, away from the public notion that they are “disabled” …people wearing prostheses today are a health […]
AOPA submitted comments on the LCD Policy on Friday, August 28. Read the comments here. Researchers Referenced in CMS’ Bibliography in Support of LCD Submitted a Letter Objecting to their Use of their Work. Read their comments here. Today is the last day to submit comments on the policy. You can quickly submit a letter from www.AOPAvotes.org.
Click here to view 2 powerful videos from the August 26 public hearing at CMS and afternoon rally at HHS
The August 26 rally at HHS caught the attention of top CMS officials who met with O&P representatives at 4:00 PM that afternoon. Adrianne-Haslet delivered a powerful testimony during the CMS Public Meeting on the morning of August 26.
We started with a Tuesday press advisory which included AC and AOPA—Senator Bob Kerrey, Charles Dankmeyer, Adrianne Haslet, Drs. Paul Pasquina and Stephen Fisher, and Amputee Coalition President Dan Berschinski. It began the tide of press interest which carried over to the August 26th events. The DME MAC hearing attracted roughly 200 amputees, to hear […]
AMPUTEES, EXPERTS: DON’T “TURN BACK THE CLOCK” ON STANDARD OF CARE FOR TWO MILLION AMERICAN AMPUTEES Former Senator Bob Kerrey, Boston Marathon Survivor Join Amputee Coalition and AOPA in Urging Medicare to Rescind Draft Rule Imposing “Serious Setback” for Amputees. WASHINGTON, D.C – August 25, 2015 – A double amputee who has worn advanced prosthetic […]
TV ads—directed to policymakers—appear in Washington, DC market on Sunday 8/23 ABC Sunday morning news, e.g., “This Week with George Stephanapoulos,” and Mo-WE on CNN, Fox, MSNBC morning new programs; print ad appears in the Washington Post and Hill on multiple occasions. Please recognize that advertising operates with the challenge of conveying a very complicated […]
GROUPS: MEDICARE IS EYEING A “SIGNIFICANT SETBACK” IN CARE FOR TWO MILLION AMERICAN AMPUTEES “Return to 1970’s Standard of Care”: Proposed Cost-Cutting Move Would Severely Limit Availability of Appropriate and Medically Necessary Prosthetic Care for Amputees. WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 19, 2015 — Proposed changes to Medicare’s reimbursement for lower limb prosthetic care would create […]
Dear AOPA Member, Everyone throughout the orthotics and prosthetics world has pulled together and gone “all in” on the effort to fight back the DME MAC proposed revisions to the Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Lower Limb Prosthetics, and hopefully restore some sanity to delivery of prosthetic limbs to Medicare amputee beneficiaries in the future. […]
The Data Doesn’t Lie: Medicare Data Shows That: The 2011 OIG Report, Dear Physician Letter, and RAC Audits, misread an upward trend in prosthetic spending that had already reversed*; For better or worse, Medicare has practiced medicine and changed the prevailing standard of amputee care for the worse; and They appear to be completely oblivious […]