Hopefully you saw that late last week, the Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act (S. 2556) was introduced in the Senate. This bipartisan legislation would improve access to, and quality of, orthotic and prosthetic care while simultaneously combating fraud and abuse. The bill is identical to legislation introduced in the House in March.
AOPA Applauds Introduction of the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered Care Act in the Senate
Yesterday, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced S. 2556, the “Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered Care Act” in the Senate.
AOPA Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Thranhardt Award
Alexandria, VA (July 21, 2021) – This year the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is proud to be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the prestigious Howard R. Thranhardt Award. The Award, established in 1996 by a gift from J.E. Hanger in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP, has become one of the most distinguished […]
2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Open for Nominations
AOPA is listening. To further engage the membership, the AOPA Board of Directors has revised AOPA’s Award Process and moving forward will now be soliciting nominations from the membership for the Lifetime Achievement Award. AOPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of patient care in the orthotics […]
AOPA Partnering Again with Amputee Coalition In 2021
After a successful first year, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to announce we once again will be partnering with the Amputee Coalition. Like last year when the partnership launched, the goal remains to provide AOPA members with additional resources to better serve their patients. In 2021, AOPA members will again be […]
AOPA Unequivocally Renews its Support of Efforts to Combat Fraud and Abuse through Improper Orthotic and Prosthetic Care
Alexandria, VA (April 29, 2021) – The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), founded in 1917, represents more than 2,000 patient care facilities and businesses that manufacture, distribute, design, fabricate, fit, and supervise the use of orthoses (orthopedic braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs). In April 2019, following an extensive investigation dubbed Operation Brace Yourself, the Department […]
2021 National Assembly Update
The 2021 National Assembly is on…in-person…in Boston…September 9-11. We cannot wait to see you! In addition to the in-person Assembly, we will be offering all the education virtually. This content will be available a week after the Assembly, September 16-18.
Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act Introduced in House, Urge Your Representative to Support
Yesterday, the House introduced the Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act (HR 1990). This bipartisan legislation would improve access to, and quality of, orthotic and prosthetic care while simultaneously combating fraud and abuse. The bill is identical to legislation introduced in the House and Senate last year. Thank you for your help getting this vital legislation […]
Joint DME/PDAC Coding Bulletin Provides Clarification on Proper Billing of Prefabricated Orthoses
On March 11, 2021, the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) and the Pricing, Data Analysis, and Coding Contractor (PDAC) published a joint correct coding bulletin regarding code descriptors that include the term “prefabricated, includes fitting and adjustment”.
After Feedback from AOPA, DME MACs No Longer Require Brand Name Product Selection for Medicare Prior Authorization
In December of 2020, the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) implemented Medicare prior authorization as a condition of claim payment for six lower limb prosthesis HCPCS codes (L5856, L5857, L5858, L5973, L5980, and L5987.) In addition to requiring prior authorization, effective for claims with dates of service on or after January 1, […]