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Highlights

Prior Authorization: O&P Was a Serious Player

Although CMS may have thrown us a curve when they published their proposal to require 89 lower limb prosthetic codes be subject to prior authorization on May 28, 2014, it became clear that in its proposed form, the rule would do more harm than good. MORE »

Congressional Hearings: RACs, ALJs, and Prior Authorization

This has been a very active week for AOPA on the Congressional side, with three different House Committees having conducted hearings on Medicare payment policies that have some bearing on RAC & Prepayment Audits, Delays in ALJ Hearings, and Post Acute Care Bundling Issues. These have stirred considerable interest in these issues. MORE »

AOPA Statement on Fraud, Waste, And Abuse in the Medicare Program

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to provide this statement, which was delivered to the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on April 30th, 2014, concerning Medicare fraud and the delivery of care to Medicare beneficiaries who have suffered a loss of a limb or impaired use of a limb or the spine. MORE »

O&P Again Marches on Congressional Funding Stage

Senate VA Committee Chairman Sanders is advancing legislation that, among other provisions, would, consistent with the priorities of a 3-year joint NCOPE and AOPA project, funded and staffed by AOPA, create competitive grants to institutions of higher education both for development of new O&P Masters programs, as well as expansion of existing O&P educational programs. These new grants have been included as Section 322 of S.1852, which is likely to be voted on quickly by the full Senate. MORE »

Congress Approves New Funding for O&P Outcomes Research Pushed by AOPA

During the current Congressional session, AOPA, through the hard work of its lobbyist Catriona Macdonald of Linchpin Associates, worked with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) toward developing funding support for both: (1) new appropriated moneys for outcomes research in O&P (via S. 521) and (2) new appropriated moneys to support educational advances for new O&P Masters programs as well as increased funding for existing O&P programs (via S. 522). MORE »

Take Action on The Medicare O&P Improvement Act Today!

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 »

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2014 Coding Pro O&P's comprehensive guide to Medicare codes, reimbursement, and medical policies.
2014 Illustrated GuideThis easy-to-use reference manual provides an illustrated guide to the coding system in use for orthotics, prosthetics, and shoes, including the HCPCS code, the official Medicare descriptor and an illustration for each code.

Events

August 9, 2014

AFO/KAFO Policy: Understanding the Rules

Telephone Audio Conference

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September 4-7 , 2014

AOPA 2014 National Assembly

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Las Vegas, NV

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October 20-21 , 2014

Mastering Medicare: Coding & Billing Seminar

Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch

St. Louis, MO

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