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Submit Comments on Proposed Assistive Technology Standards

AOPA members should be aware of proposed education standards by the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) that could potentially encroach on the O&P profession. AOPA encourages members to make public comments about a proposed set of Assistive Technology education standards that are currently being advanced by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North American (RESNA). The […]

Senate Appropriations Committee Report Incorporates Recommendations to CMS on Draft LCD

As a result of the series of meetings during the Policy Forum involving Senator Kerrey and top members of the Senate and the Finance Committee, and particularly through AOPA Past President Tom Watson’s intercession with Senate Majority Leader McConnell, important language relating to the July 2015 draft LCD was inserted into the Committee report which […]

AOPA Updates its Joint Statement on Physical Characteristics of Orthopedic Shoe Inserts

In 2013, AOPA, in conjunction with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA), developed a joint statement on the interpretation of HCPCS codes L3000, L3010, L3020, and L3030.  The joint statement was presented to AOPA leadership at the time and was approved for publication.  On May 13, 2016 a follow […]

Renewed RAC Activity Reported

AOPA has recently received reports of increased Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) activity focusing on the provision of ankle foot orthoses, especially in Jurisdiction A and Jurisdiction D. While the existing RAC contractors have been authorized to begin new audits for some time now, pending the competition for and award of the single, national DMEPOS RAC […]

The FDA and 3-D Printing: What Potential Regulatory Action Means for O&P

On May 10, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a document entitled, Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Devices: Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.  The publication of this document marks the first foray of the FDA into potential regulation of devices that use additive manufacturing as a means of […]

Jurisdiction D DME MAC Publishes Results of Pre-Payment Review of Ankle Foot Orthoses, Knee Orthoses, and Spinal Orthoses

Noridian, who serves as the Jurisdiction D Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC), has released the most recent quarterly results of its ongoing pre-payment review of claims for several codes. For AFOs described by HCPCS codes L1960, L1970 and L4360: from December 2015 through March 2016, a total of 1008 claims were reviewed; […]

DME MACs Revise Knee Orthosis Policy

The DME MACs have recently published a revision to the Knee Othosis Local Coverage Determination (LCD) and Policy Article (PA) that will be effective for dates of service on or after June 2, 2016. The primary revisions to the LCD and Policy article include the addition of ICD-10 diagnosis codes that allow providers to indicate […]

CMS Issues Press Release on DMEPOS Payment Amounts

CMS has issued a press release, “Monitoring Data Shows Adequacy of New Payment Amounts for DMEPOS in Non-Competitively Bid Areas”.  The content of the CMS Press Release is below.   The press release is available on the CMS website. Access the monitoring data broken down by state.

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2017 SNF Prospective Payment System

On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), published the annual proposed rule that will govern Medicare coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) services through its established Prospective Payment System (PPS). Included in the proposed rule is an opportunity for the public to suggest additions to the list of HCPCS codes […]

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