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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 […]

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 […]

New HCPCS Codes for 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new HCPCS codes for 2015. There were several changes to the codes that describe orthotics and prosthetics for 2015. Below is a breakdown of the new codes, code descriptor changes and code deletions. All changes are effective for claims with a date of service […]

New Dobson DaVanzo Study

New Dobson-DaVanzo Study with Amputee Coalition: Rehabilitation Hospitals Deliver Higher Quality Care, Better Results A new study released on July 10th at a Congressional briefing hosted by Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) shows that people with limb loss treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units had better long-term clinical outcomes than those […]

O&P Education & Funding

Senate VA Bill S. 1950 Would Establish the Joint AOPA & NCOPE Priority of New Federal  Education Program to Support Both New O&P Masters  Programs and Expansion of Existing O&P Advanced Education Programs We reported to you last week that AOPA, through the hard work of its lobbyist Catriona Macdonald of Linchpin Strategies, was successful in […]

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