Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching: March 25, 2019

AOPA and the California Orthotic and Prosthetic Association calls on you to share your knowledge and expertise through a unique and valuable speaking opportunity.  You are invited to submit an education session proposal for presentation at the 2019 National Assembly, September 25-28, 2019 in San Diego, California. Your submissions will set the stage for a broad curriculum of […]

Read the March O&P Almanac now.

Find out which six trends are making the biggest impact on O&P upper-limb patient care; read tips for treating patients experiencing complications from diabetes, cancer, and cardiac disease; learn why H.R. 4772 was pulled before it came to a vote during the 115th Congress; meet a researcher who’s leading a cranial remolding orthosis study as […]

Revision to the LSO/TLSO Policy Article

The Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MAC) Noridian and CGS recently announced a revision to the LSO/TLSO Policy Article with an effective date of January 1, 2019. The revision provides guidance on the proper coding of prefabricated items which don’t require substantial modification or minimal self-adjustment. The revision indicates that when a HCPCS […]

AOPA 2019 National Assembly Call for Papers

The AOPA National Assembly Clinical Sessions Workgroup has issued a call for papers for the 102nd Annual AOPA National Assembly to be held September 25-28, 2019 in San Diego, California.  The submission deadline is March 25, 2019. Share your expertise and advance your career by being part of the country’s longest serving and largest meeting […]

Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC) Formal Telephone Discussion Demonstration Has Been Expanded to Jurisdictions A & B

On January 01, 2016, CMS launched the QIC Telephone Discussion Demonstration project to determine if engagement between suppliers and the QIC could improve the understanding of the cause of appeal denials, and lead to increased proper claim submissions. The project was originally only limited to certain DME claims, however in October 2016, the projected was expanded […]

CMS to Host Special Open-Door Forum to Introduce New Documentation Look Up Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that it will hold a special Open-Door Forum conference call to educate the public about a new initiative tasked with developing an online resource where providers and suppliers can look up the documentation requirements necessary for Medicare to cover a service or item.  While the initiative […]

DME MACs Release Revised “Dear Physician” Letter Regarding General Documentation Requirements

The four Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) have recently released a revised version of the “Dear Physician” letter that addresses the need for prescribing physicians to support the medical necessity of the DMEPOS services they prescribe through proper clinical documentation in the patient’s medical record.  While the revisions to the Dear Physician […]


AOPA, under the auspices of its Orthotics 2020 program, circulated a request for proposals early in 2018 relating to 5 subject areas for original orthotic papers, with the original deadline for receipt of applications by April 30, 2018.  Proposals have been received in all five of those categories.  This notification is to announce a re-opening of […]

Access AOPA Funded Epidemiology Research: Incidence Rate and Prevalence of Partial Foot Amputation

We are pleased to share that the AOPA funded research by Dr. Michael Dillon describing the incident rate and prevalence of partial foot amputation and how this compares to transtibial amputation has now been published in the journal Systematic Reviews.  The article is freely available at the link below.  

CMS Responds to AOPA Concerns Regarding Custom Fabricated Diabetic Inserts

AOPA is pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a change to the DMEPOS Quality Standards that addresses AOPA’s concern regarding the recent DME MAC/PDAC interpretation of the term “molded to patient model” when used to describe custom fabricated diabetic shoe inserts.  The proposed change to the quality […]