Hot off the Press, the 2020 Virtual National Assembly Preliminary Program

Take a peek and see what we have in store for you at the 2020 Virtual National Assembly, you won’t be disappointed! Here are just a few highlights… Hear from innovative and engaging speakers like Dr. Michael Lovdal, Dr. Prateek Grover, and Dr. Naz Wahab. Learn the latest in clinical and technical education and business […]

Action Needed: Ask Your Senators to to Support Funding for O&P Education

This week the Senate will start debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which lays out the 2021 budget and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and creates new programs within the DoD. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and David Purdue (R-GA) have introduced an amendment to the bill which […]

DME MACs and PDAC Release Joint Publication Announcing Coding Verification Requirement for Six Lower Limb Prosthetic Codes that Will Require Medicare Prior Authorization

On June 26, 2020, the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) and Pricing, Data Analysis, and Coding Contractor (PDAC) released a joint announcement for a new coding verification requirement for the six lower limb prostheses that were previously announced as  subject to Medicare prior authorization. While implementation of Medicare prior authorization has been […]

Registration for the 2020 Virtual National Assembly is Open

Even though we won’t be face-to-face, the 2020 Virtual National Assembly will have it all… The best in business education and advanced clinical programming offered in general sessions, poster presentations, and engaging concurrent breakouts.  A robust exhibit hall. Roundtable discussions with the most influential people in the profession. Fun events such as coffee breaks and […]

COVID-19 Update: Paycheck Protection Program Changes

This week Congress finalized legislation to ensure that businesses that received a forgivable loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) can have more leeway on how to spend those funds. Under the newly-passed Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 small businesses would have to spend just 60 percent of the loan money on payroll […]

Statement from AOPA on Systematic Racism

The death of George Floyd, the protests, and the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on racial and ethnic minorities and the poor and socially disadvantaged among us has once again brought to the forefront the long-standing issue of systematic racism in this country. The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) stands with our members in […]

Important 2020 National Assembly Update

We hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and well. We are reaching out today with an announcement about the 2020 National Assembly. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) has decided that the in-person 2020 National Assembly that was scheduled to take place September 9-12 […]

Take Action in Support of Reimbursement for Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increasing reliance on telehealth and other virtual forms of patient interaction. However, under the current billing structure, orthotists and prosthetists are unable to submit claims for certain Medicare services despite being considered essential providers. Key members of Congress are currently circulating a letter to be sent to Secretary […]

COVID-19 Update: DME MACs Publish Guidance Regarding Physician Telehealth Visits During COVID-19

AOPA staff recently participated in educational webinars presented by the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) and on DME MAC provider advisory councils during which they  confirmed that physicians, including MDs and DOs that are certifying the medical need for diabetic shoes may utilize telehealth to fulfill face-to-face encounter requirements during the COVID-19 […]

COVID-19 Update: Additional Provider Relief

As part of the CARES Act, Congress established a Provider Relief Fund, with $50 billion allocated to Medicare facilities and providers impacted by COVID-19 and based on eligible providers’ 2018 net patient revenue. Many AOPA member received funding when the initial $30 billion was distributed between April 10 and 17. Late last week, the Department […]