On December 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2022 Medicare Fee Schedule update for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). The 2022 Medicare DMEPOS Fee Schedule will increase by a net total of 5.1% for claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2022. […]
AOPA is Pleased to Introduce the COMET
The Clinical Outcome Measures Electronic Toolkit (COMET) provides a database of validated outcome measures geared towards prosthesis and orthosis users and practitioners. It was developed by Orthocare Innovations, LLC in coordination with AOPA and with the support of a Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) Pilot Grant.
Impact of Court Rulings on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
AOPA is aware of and is closely following recent state and federal court rulings that will impact the ability of the Federal Government to implement COVID-19 vaccine requirements for large businesses (OSHA), healthcare workers (CMS), and federal contractors. All three Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) have been challenged in both state and federal court. To date, federal courts […]
AOPA Announces 2022 Board of Directors
Alexandria, VA (December 1, 2021) – Today, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced its 2022 Board of Directors. The Executive Committee will consist of Dave McGill who assumes the role of President. Along with, Traci Dralle, CFm who moves into the role of Immediate Past President and Teri Kuffel, JD who becomes President-Elect. […]
CMS and OSHA Release Interim Final Rules Regarding Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
On November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released separate, but complementary regulations that will establish COVID-19 vaccination requirements. The Interim Final Rules and the related Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) that they create will be officially published in the Federal Register on Friday, […]
Medicare O&P Fee Schedule Set for its Largest Annual Increase in Over 30 Years
While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not officially released it, the 2022 O&P Medicare fee schedule is expected to be increased by 5.1%, this is larger than any annual Medicare increase in the last 30 years.
AOPA Monitoring of and Communication with Government Officials Regarding the Release of Proposed Rules that will Require COVID-19 Vaccination
On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would be issuing independent Interim Final Rules that would require COVID-19 vaccination for employers with more than 100 employees (OSHA) and healthcare providers who are enrolled in Medicare and/or Medicaid […]
2021 COPL Pilot Grant Recipients Announced
The Board of Directors of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) has selected its 2021 COPL Pilot Grant recipients.
AOPA Statement on COVID-19 Vaccines for O&P Profession
In anticipation of regulatory requirements by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expected in mid to late October, along with the availability of safe and effective vaccines approved by the Federal Drug Administration, we encourage all O&P professionals, both healthcare providers and those who work in healthcare facilities, […]
White House COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Announcement FAQs
As part of President Biden’s “Path Out of the Pandemic” Plan, the White House announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be required for all Medicare and Medicaid providers. Because of this and because vaccination is one way that healthcare professionals can fulfill their commitment to ensure the health and well-being of others, the American Orthotic and […]