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AOPA Statement on 3-D Printing in Prosthetics and Frequent Errant Estimates of the Average Cost of Upper and Lower Limb Custom-Fabricated Prosthetic Devices

America’s prosthetic and orthotic health professionals deliver patient – centered care each day to persons of all ages whose mobility has been compromised by limb loss and chronic limb impairment.  This includes the commitment for trained, licensed and accredited health professionals delivering cost efficient care that also meets all patient protections established via federal and […]

O&P Industry Leaders Attend the Inaugural AOPA Leadership Conference

On January 9-11th more than 150 O&P industry leaders participated in the inaugural AOPA Leadership Conference held at the Eau Palm Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida. While the stunning views and great weather outside of the meeting room proved to be quite a temptation, the group remained focused on the task at hand: discussing the […]

Register Now for the 2015 Policy Forum

Join us March 23-25 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. The 2015 AOPA Policy Forum will be held March 23-24, 2015 with post-conference events being held March 24-25 at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Policy Forum is your best opportunity to learn the latest legislative and regulatory details and how they […]

Introducing AOPA’s Take….Where You Go When You Need to Know!!!

As we begin 2015, AOPA is excited to offer a new form of communication to all members of the O&P community, AOPA’s Take. Using a blog style format, AOPA’s Take will keep you in the loop regarding news and information that is vital to the business of O&P. While AOPA has established lines of communication […]

Editorial Published on Dobson DaVanzo Research Proving O&P Saves Lives and Money

AOPA immediate past-president Anita Liberman-Lampear of University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center has published an editorial in the Roanoke Times on the Dobson-DaVanzo research, funded by AOPA and commissioned by the Amputee Coalition, that used Medicare’s own data to prove that providing orthotics and prosthetics is cost-effective. The study was the basis for Mobility Saves, the public […]

$10 Million for O&P Outcomes Research Included in the Cromnibus Bill, and RAC Concerns Addressed

Great news for O&P outcomes research! The $1.1 trillion combined continuing resolution and omnibus appropriations bill (the “cromnibus” bill) enacted December 13 to keep the government running includes a Department of Defense (DoD) section with an additional $10 million for O&P outcomes research funding.  This was also included in last year’s budget and we are […]

AOPA Submits Comments on OMHA’s ALJ Backlog and Increased Requests for Hearings

Following the October 29 Medicare Appellant Forum hosted by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened a comment period to solicit suggestions for addressing the growth in the number of requests for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings, and to help to clear the backlog of […]

2015 Medicare DMEPOS Fee Schedule Released

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2015 Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule, effective for claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2015. The net Medicare fee increase for O&P services for 2015 is 1.5%.  This is based on a 2.1% increase in the consumer pricing index for […]

19% of Patients with a Medicare-Reimbursed Off the Shelf Device Later Receive a Custom Device

New analysis from Dobson DaVanzo: 19% of patients with a Medicare-reimbursed Off the Shelf device later receive a custom-fitted or custom-fabricated orthotic device Medicare’s own data shows that frequently patients who receive a Medicare-reimbursed OTS device subsequently also receive a Medicare-reimbursed custom-fitted or custom-fabricated orthotic device. Clearly, some modest portion of these data reflect instances in […]

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