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What has Happened with Medicare Amputee Services Since 2010?

What has happened to Medicare’s Spending on Prosthetics since 2010? AOPA has analyzed the data, and the picture is clear. Medicare spent 15% less in 2014 than in 2010 on prosthetics. Medicare spending on advanced prosthetics has trended down 41%, while spending on older technologies has trended up almost 50%. Overall spending has decreased by […]

Where is CMS Going on Prior Authorization?

AOPA has presented free webinars for members on Prior Authorization on two dates – February 18 and February 25.  AOPA is committing substantial resources to additional education related to Medicare Prior Authorization.  Details of these resources are listed below: 1.       Introductory Webinar: February 18th and 25th 2016-2 separate dates (Available as a recording) 2.       February 2016 […]

O&P Almanac Wins Bronze in Prestigious Association Trends All Media Contest

The O&P Almanac has been honored with a Bronze award Association TRENDS’ 2015 All Media Contest for the monthly trade association publication category. The TRENDS All Media Contest is an annual competition held exclusively for associations, recognizing the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the industry over the prior year. The 2015 competition […]

AOPA Announces Free Prior Authorization Webinar for Members

CMS will be implementing Prior Authorization February 29, 2016 for certain DMEPOS items that included lower limb prosthesis. What does this mean for YOU? AOPA is pleased to present the beginning of our educational efforts related to Prior Authorization. Please join AOPA for an AOPA Member Exclusive introductory webinar on Prior Authorization, with 2 dates […]

Update on DME MAC Contractor Transition

Following up on a previous Smart Brief announcement, regarding upcoming changes in the contractors who will serve as the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs), AOPA has learned about additional details regarding the transition of DME MAC Jurisdiction A and Jurisdiction B responsibilities. The denial of the NGS protest of the Jurisdiction B […]

CGS to be the New DME MAC for Jurisdiction B

As AOPA reported earlier, CGS, the current Jurisdiction C DME MAC contractor, was awarded the Jurisdiction B contract on September 3, 2015. However, National Government Services (NGS), the current Jurisdiction B DME MAC, filed a formal protest causing CMS to halt the transition pending a review of the contract award by the Government Accountability office […]

The 2016 O&P Leadership Conference: Another Success

O&P industry leaders returned from the January 8-10 2nd O&P Leadership Conference in Palm Beach with comments such as “by far, the most valuable event I’ve had the privilege to attend in my career”, “truly a great session”, and “extremely helpful”. With a lineup including former Senator Bob Kerrey, Political Analyst Charles E. Cook, Jr. and Healthcare Futurist […]

Jurisdiction A DME MAC Contract Awarded to Noridian Health Solutions, LLC

On December 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) announced that Noridian HealthCare Solutions, LLC. was awarded a contract to serve as the Jurisdiction A Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC).  Noridian currently holds contracts to serve as the Jurisdiction D DME MAC as well as the Pricing, Data Analysis, […]

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