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AOPA Releases Statement Regarding Delivery of Orthoses through Lead Generation Marketing

On March 28, 2019, AOPA announced its strong opposition to the model for delivery of orthoses that relies on what is known as lead generation marketing to identify and recruit potential patients for treatment with orthoses. Lead generation marketing uses broad stroke advertising such as television ads, websites, and social media to encourage potential patients […]

AOPA & COPL Announce 2019 Request for Proposals

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association is proud to announce a Request for Pilot Grant Proposals in 10 potential areas of Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) research including an open topic. For 2019-2020, the association is seeking proposals at two funding levels for one-time grants; $15,000 and up to two exceptional proposals for $30,000 for one […]

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 […]

CMS Announces Product Categories and Timeline for Competitive Bidding 2021

On March 7, 2019, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final product categories and timeline for the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program that will begin for dates of service on or after January 1, 2021. As expected, certain off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthoses and spinal orthoses will be included in the 2021 […]

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 […]

HCPCS Code Changes for 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for 2019, and there were a few minor changes. Below is a complete breakdown of the code changes which will be effective for claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2019. New […]

CMS Releases the 2019 Medicare DMEPOS Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2019 Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule which will be effective for Medicare claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2019.  The 2018 Medicare fee schedule for orthotic and prosthetic services will be increased by 2.3% over 2018 rates. The 2.3% increase […]

AOPA Supports the Alliance’s Open Letter to the O&P Community

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Alliance has recently drafted and distributed an open letter to the O&P community regarding sexual misconduct, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace. AOPA is proud to stand and support this zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct, harassment, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, religion, age, national origin, […]

Department of Veterans Affairs Releases Supplemental Proposed Rule on Veterans Choice of Provider

On November 28, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) regarding the provisions of the October 2017 proposed rule that addressed the Veterans right to choose their provider for provision of artificial limbs.  The SNPRM was issued in response to the significant comments that the VA received […]

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