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CMS Issues Instructions for DME MACs to Immediately Implement Provisions that Require the Recognition of Orthotist and Prosthetist Clinical Documentation as Part of the Medical Record

AOPA and its lobbying team have been pressing CMS from all levels, most recently, including consultation with Trump Administration officials at the Office of Management and Budget, to formally implement the provisions of Section 50402 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-123) as it related to the prosthetist’s and orthotist’s clinical notes.  […]

The 2018 AOPA National Assembly Preliminary Program is Now Live!

The preliminary program is now available! Join your colleagues from around the world at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, Canada on September 26-29, 2018.  Learn the newest treatment practices and innovative techniques to improve patient care.  Discover new technologies while earning 40+ CE credits at this unique global gathering.

EXTENSION AND RE-OPENING OF THE INVITATION TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR ORTHOTICS 2020 RFPS

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 […]

DME MACs Announce the Retirement of the Dear Physician Letter for Artificial Limbs

Recently, each of the four DME MAC contractors has published a revised version of the Dear Physician letter regarding artificial limbs. The revised version of the letter states that the Dear Physician letter is being retired due to pending guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on potential program changes that may […]

Additional TPE Program Results Reported by Noridian

Earlier this week, AOPA provided a summary on the first report of results of Target, Probe, and Educate (TPE) audits by Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the Jurisdiction D DME MAC contractor. Since AOPA’s initial report which was limited to TPE results for “walking boot” orthoses, Noridian has published additional results for knee orthoses, spinal orthoses, and […]

Initial Report on TPE Program Suggests Positive Results

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, who serves as the Jurisdiction A and Jurisdiction D Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor, has released results for its initial audits under the Target, Probe, and Educate (TPE) program in Jurisdiction D.  The published results are only for four HCPCS codes selected for the TPE program: L4360, L4361, L4386, and L4387, […]

AOPA-Funded Systematic Review is Now Complete

In 2015 AOPA awarded a grant to Michael Dillon, PhD of La Trobe University for his project “Evaluating outcomes of dysvascular partial foot and transtibial amputation: a systematic review for the development of shared decision making resources”. The project has now been completed and the research team accomplished the following: registered the systematic review protocol […]

AOPA Confirms K0903 Medicare Fee Schedule at Same Rate as A5513

Recently, AOPA announced an important Advocacy victory regarding the Medicare fee schedule amount for K0903, the newly created HCPCS code used to describe direct milled, custom fabricated diabetic inserts.  When K0903 was first announced, CMS indicated that the Medicare fee schedule would be approximately $5.00 less than the current fee schedule for A5513 which describes […]

The 2018 Policy Forum – Another Success!

The 2018 AOPA Policy Forum held March 7-8 was another success that presented realistic opportunities for O&P stakeholders to meet with Congressional representatives to improve patient care and advance other legislative objectives. With a recent legislative win under our belts, AOPA members and O&P users traveled to DC to visit lawmakers to build on this […]

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