AOPA Assembly

2015 National Assembly Highlights

The 98th Annual AOPA National Assembly October 7-10 held in conjunction with the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics drew 2,200 O&P professionals to San Antonio, Texas. Whether it was the magnet power of San Antonio, the programming, the convenient facilities or all of the above, the initial feedback has been […]

AOPA President Charlie Dankmeyer, Jr. CPO Publishes Op-Ed in Washington Times

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 Submits Comments on LCD Draft Policy

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

Update on AOPA’s Amputee Rally and CMS Meeting on LCD Policy

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 […]

AOPA and the Amputee Coalition Host News Conference

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 […]

AOPA Airs TV and Print Advertising Messages on LCD/Medicare Cutbacks

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 […]

Joint Press Release from AOPA and the Amputee Coalition on Lower Policy Draft

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 […]

Update on LCD Policy – What is AOPA Doing?

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.  […]