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AOPA Unveils Centennial Website,

AOPA is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2017 and is proud to unveil its commemorative website, The website’s theme is “Your Story is Our Story” and features AOPA’s history, an interactive timeline, photo gallery, O&P stories from AOPA members, and AOPA’s plans for the future. Members are encouraged to share photos and memories […]

Medicare Reconsideration Appeals Contractor Announces Expansion of the Formal Telephone Discussion Demonstration

C2C Innovative Solutions, the Medicare appeals contractor who processes all DMEPOS appeals at the second level, also known as reconsideration, has announced implementation dates for its expansion of the formal telephone discussion demonstration.  This program, currently limited to DMEPOS claims in Jurisdiction C and D, will be expanded to include claims for orthoses as of […]

An Interim Report from the AOPA Board Meeting Relating to the Proposed Regs Under BIPA 427; and In Depth Summary of the Proposed Regulations

As was stated in our notice last week, AOPA greatly applauds CMS for finally releasing the Proposed Regulation under BIPA 427.  The proposal is far from perfect.  That, coupled with: (a) the start of the new Trump Administration and the prospect that the Administration could easily view the Proposed regulations unfavorably as an effort to […]

CMS Announces Proposed Rule on O&P Qualified Providers

This morning, CMS released a proposed rule that would enact the long awaited provisions of Section 1834(h) of the Social Security Act, which “requires that no Medicare payment shall be made for an item of custom-fabricated orthotics or for an item of prosthetics unless furnished by a qualified practitioner and fabricated by a qualified practitioner […]

AOPA Submits Comments on AHRQ Systematic Review of Lower Limb Prostheses

On December 1, 2016 the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced that it was soliciting public comment on the key questions that would be used in its previously announced systematic review of clinical literature relative to lower limb prostheses.  Comments were to be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on December 20, 2016. […]

Congress Adjourns-No Final Action on Medicare O&P Improvement Act or Other Medicare Issues in Final Continuing Resolution

The 114th Congress completed its work in a “beat the clock” enactment around 11:30 pm on Friday evening, December 9 by the Senate passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) just 30 minutes before the government would have shut down. That Continuing Resolution will keep the U.S. government operating through April, and without enacting the provisions of […]

CMS Releases the 2017 DMEPOS Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2017 Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule which will be effective for Medicare claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2017.  The 2017 Medicare fee schedule for orthotic and prosthetic services will be increased by 0.7% over 2016 rates. The 0.7% increase […]

Call for Papers for the 2nd AOPA World Congress

Gain International Recognition * Advance your Career * Improve Patient Care AOPA has announced the call for papers for the Second O&P World Congress to be held September 6‐9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. AOPA is seeking high‐quality educational and research content to set the stage for a broad curriculum of […]

OIG Releases 2017 Work Plan

HHS OIG Releases 2017 Work Plan-Two Longstanding Objectives in Orthotics Remain; No Other/New Prosthetic or Orthotic Items Listed Each year, the HHS Inspector General releases its annual Work Plan, which lists the topics where the OIG believes there are significant potential items of fraud or other inappropriate or inefficient operations by HHS (including CMS and […]

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