AOPA Impacts CMS Guidance Regarding Medicare Prior Authorization for Emergent Need Orthoses

In January 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the expansion of the Medicare prior authorization program to include the following five spinal and knee orthosis codes, L0648, L0650, L1832, L1833, and L1851. While the existing Medicare prior authorization program for select lower limb prosthesis codes has been very successful to date, […]

Joint Statement on Direct-to-Consumer Delivery Models of O&P Care

This week, AOPA, in conjunction with its O&P Alliance partners, AAOP, ABC, BOC, and NAAOP, issued a joint statement on direct-to-consumer delivery models for custom orthotic and prosthetic care.  The full consensus statement can be read here.

DME MAC/PDAC Correct Coding Bulletin on Upper Extremity Prostheses

On Thursday, March 31 the DME MACs and the PDAC released a comprehensive correct coding bulletin for all Upper Extremity Prostheses (UEP).  In the bulletin they stated that the correct coding of an UEP base code, and addition codes, are dependent on two main factors: the level of amputation and the prostheses’ power source. The […]

AOPA Celebrates Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month By Profiling Members

Alexandria, VA (March 31, 2022) – April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month (LLLDAM), an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need to support efforts that advance equitable medical access, care, and coverage for and to honor the millions of people living with limb loss and limb difference as well as the […]

AOPA Re-imagined

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association today announced its re-imagined brand, vision, mission, and strategic priorities that better align with its work and goals. To appropriately represent the desired future for the organization, AOPA established the vision that truly embodies what AOPA members do each and every day, A world where orthotic and prosthetic care transforms […]

Funding Opportunity: 2022 COPL RFP Now Open

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) are proud to announce a Request for Pilot Grant Proposals in Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) research. Because the AOPA leadership and the COPL Board of Directors recognize the need for original evidence-based and outcomes research in […]

Supreme Court Issues Rulings on OSHA and CMS Vaccine Requirements

On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued separate rulings on a case involving regulations that implemented COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) direct surveyed facilities and a second case that required all employees of large employers (100 or more employees) to either be vaccinated or […]

CMS Expands its Prior Authorization Program and Adds O&P Codes to the Master List of Codes Subject to Face to Face Encounters and Written Orders Prior to Delivery

On January 12, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced several updates to the Master List of DMEPOS items potentially subject to face-to-face encounter, written order prior to delivery, and prior authorization requirements. The Federal Register announcement (CMS-6081-N) added the following five O&P HCPCS codes to the Master List: L0830 Halo Procedure, […]