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OTS Regulations

OTS Orthoses – A New CMS Proposed Rule that could Limit your Patients’ Access to Care and Eliminate Orthotic Fitters CMS released a proposed rule on July 11 that addresses Off-the-shelf Orthoses and the definition of Minimal Self-Adjustment. In an effort to define the scope of individuals authorized to fit orthotic devices deemed by CMS […]

Dobson DaVanzo Study: O&P Saves Medicare

STUDY:   HIGHER STANDARD OF CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH LIMB LOSS OR SPINAL INJURIES SAVES MEDICARE MONEY IN MOST CASES Even Though Devices Are Often Costly, Long-Term Bill for Taxpayers Ends Up Lower Or Only Slightly Higher; Win, Win: Findings Indicate Patients Also Benefit from Higher Quality of Life and Increased Independence. Click here to […]

Prior Authorization

Prior Authorization:  O&P Was A Serious Player Although CMS may have thrown us a curve when they published their proposal to require 89 lower limb prosthetic codes be subject to prior authorization on May 28, 2014, it became clear that in its proposed form, the rule would do more harm than good. AOPA’s Board authorized […]

New Dobson DaVanzo Study

New Dobson-DaVanzo Study with Amputee Coalition: Rehabilitation Hospitals Deliver Higher Quality Care, Better Results A new study released on July 10th at a Congressional briefing hosted by Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) shows that people with limb loss treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units had better long-term clinical outcomes than those […]

AOPA Statement on Combating Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in the Medicare Program

April 30th, 2014 — The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to provide this statement, which was delivered to the House Ways & Means Subcommittee today, concerning Medicare fraud and the delivery of care to Medicare beneficiaries who have suffered a loss of a limb or impaired use of a limb or the spine. […]

O&P Education & Funding

Senate VA Bill S. 1950 Would Establish the Joint AOPA & NCOPE Priority of New Federal  Education Program to Support Both New O&P Masters  Programs and Expansion of Existing O&P Advanced Education Programs We reported to you last week that AOPA, through the hard work of its lobbyist Catriona Macdonald of Linchpin Strategies, was successful in […]

Congress Approves New Funding for O&P Research

Congress Approves New Funding for O&P Outcomes Research Pushed by AOPA During the current Congressional session, AOPA, through the hard work of its legislative consultant Catriona Macdonald of Linchpin Associates, worked with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) toward developing funding support for both: (1) new appropriated moneys for outcomes research in O&P (via S. 521) and […]

Take Action on H.R. 3112

Take Action on The Medicare O&P Improvement Act Today! Adding to the excitement of the 2013 O&P World Congress, the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 3112) was introduced by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Mike Thompson (R-CA) on September 17, 2013.  It takes a very constructive approach to tackling fraud and abuse […]

Dobson DaVanzo Study: Medicare Scandal

STUDY: MEDICARE SCANDAL CONTINUES WITH SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF PAYMENTS FOR ORTHOTIC AND PROSTHETIC DEVICES GOING ILLEGALLY TO UNLICENSED PROVIDERS CMS Payments to Unlicensed Providers Violates 2000 and 2005 Laws; Regulatory “Overkill” by Agency Adds Insult to Injury by Tying Up Legitimate Industry in Red Tape. WASHINGTON, D.C. September 17, 2013 – Despite laws passed by Congress […]

Student/Resident Poster Awards made possible by Becker Orthopaedic and WillowWood

AOPA invites O&P Students and Residents to present research findings or a particular case study via a poster presentation at the 2013 O&P World Congress to be held September 18-21  in Orlando, FL, USA. The Student – Resident Poster award will honor two meritorious scientific papers submitted for presentation as a poster at the 2013 […]

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