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2013 O&P World Congress Opening Ceremony
In case you missed the O&P World Congress in Orlando, check out the Opening Ceremony with patient testimonials and AOPA President Tom Kirk's remarks to a 'Whole New World' of O&P!
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 while saving the Medicare program and taxpayers money. MORE »
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. MORE »
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. MORE »
The study was commissioned by the Amputee Coalition and was funded by the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. Please click more to review this important study titled ‘Retrospective Cohort Study of the Economic Value of Orthotic and Prosthetic Services Among Medicare Beneficiaries’ by Dobson-DaVanzo. MORE »
AOPA learned through a second-hand source that CMS had published on May 7, on its website, the outline of proposed components of a template form for prosthetics. That was the day before our last meeting with you, on May 8, so I am surprised that this publication did not come up in our conversation then. I wanted to give you some feedback, and unfortunately, I must report that this template, far from being a step forward, is instead a clear example of a severe lack of understanding of how prosthetic care is delivered to Medicare beneficiaries and is likely to compound the problem we seek to solve. MORE »
On May 13, 2013, AOPA filed suit in the Federal District Court against HHS Secretary Sebelius, CMS, and the Medicare program. So, what has happened with the AOPA lawsuit since AOPA filed its complaint? The federal government is represented in this lawsuit by the Department of Justice, and, as the Defendant, they have 60 days to respond to such a legal Complaint. They will be filing our rationale in our own submission to the Federal District Court within the next two weeks, contesting the DOJ/Medicare Motion to Dismiss. This is a critical juncture in our litigation—our prospects for success will expand significantly if the Court does not grant the government’s Motion to Dismiss. MORE »
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