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, […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.