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Guidance on Acquiring COVID Vaccines

As was noted in this communication from November 2020, AOPA successfully convinced the CDC to add orthotists and prosthetists to its list of frontline workers who should be first in line for the vaccine, however, the CDC guidelines only serve as suggestions for the states – each state develops their own guidelines. Some states’ guidelines […]

Final VA Rule on Prosthetics Published

The Prosthetic and Rehabilitative Items and Services Final Rule was published in the Federal Register and goes into effect on January 27, 2021. The proposed rule was published in October 2017. AOPA provided comments at that time. The rule establishes and clarifies eligibility for prosthetic and rehabilitative items and services available to Veterans.

COVID-19 Stimulus Package Update

Congress is in the process of completing a new COVID-19 stimulus package that includes a new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, tax relief, and other measures, with votes set for today. Congress will ultimately pair the deal with additional legislation to fund the government for the next fiscal year. The roughly $900 billion […]

AOPA Announces 2021 Board of Directors

Alexandria, VA (December 1, 2020) – Today, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced its 2021 Board of Directors. The Executive Committee will consist of Traci Dralle, CFm who assumes the role of President. Along with, Jeff Lutz, CPO who moves into the role of Immediate Past President and Dave McGill who becomes President-Elect. […]

Medicare to Allow Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to Certify the Medical Need for Diabetic Shoes in Limited Circumstances

AOPA, in collaboration with other healthcare organizations, has actively supported the inclusion of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to serve as certifying practitioners under the Medicare diabetic shoe benefit.  The Social Security Act states that the certifying physician must be the MD or DO that is managing the patient’s systemic diabetic condition.  This […]

CMS Announces Single Payment Amounts for Medicare Competitive Bidding of OTS Knee and OTS Spinal Orthoses

On October 27, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Single Payment Amounts (SPAs) for select Off-the-Shelf (OTS) knee and OTS spinal orthosis codes included in the Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding program scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2021. AOPA has continually expressed a need for CMS to delay implementation of […]

2021 Medicare O&P Fee Schedule Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an update on the economic factors that are used to calculate the Medicare O&P fee schedule.  The annual Medicare fee schedule increase for O&P services is based on a combination of change in the Consumer Pricing Index for Urban Areas (CPI-U) from June to June […]

Introducing AOPA Connection

Welcome to AOPA Connection, your one-stop-shop for all things AOPA. Logging into AOPA Connection you will instantly have access to all your AOPA benefits, including: AOPAversity Your Membership Record Your Individual Profile Event Calendar Bookstore (including past purchases) Co-OP But, it doesn’t stop there! We are pleased to introduce a new benefit accessible through AOPA […]

Announcing AOPA’s Defining Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) represents a vast majority of the orthotics and prosthetics profession who aim to better the lives of individuals with limb loss and difference and those whose lives are improved by orthotic devices. As such, AOPA affirms that discrimination in all forms is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. […]

Important Information on Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Program

Congress has passed a short-term spending bill to keep government programs operating at 2020 funding levels through December 11. Included in the 115-page bill are important revisions to the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Program (AAP) that extends the deadline for providers to start repaying Medicare advance payment loans. AOPA worked closely with our congressional champions […]