Policy Forum Schedule

Policy Forum Schedule

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

10:00 AM Registration Open
11:00 AM State Representatives Meeting
11:45 AM O&P PAC Fundraiser
12:30 PM Policy Forum General Sessions:
Congressional Perspective—The 2014 Political Environment
CMS, OTS Orthotics, What the Statute Says on Minimal Self-Adjustment, What CMS Says, Competitive Bidding and/or Other Directions for OTS OrthoticsAOPA Issues Briefing, Panel #1—Issues to Look for in 2014

  1. Research and Education-Appropriations, VA, DoD—Where Are We Now?
  2. Competitive Bidding—Off the Shelf (OTS), New HCPCS Codes—How Does It All Make Sense?
  3. Post Acute Care Bundling—Risk of O&P Being ‘One of the Many”
2:10 PM AOPA Issues Briefing, Panel #2—The Horrific RACs Era for Prosthetics, Where Are We, and Where/When (If Ever) Might It End?

  1. RACs, Prepayment Reviews, CERTS, Etc.—Survival of the Fittest?
  2. Appeals to the ALJs (Stretched to the Breaking Point?)—Where Is Your Remedy?
  1. AOPA’s Litigation Challenge:  What Would It Do, and Where Does It Stand?
2:55 PM Congressional Perspective—2014 and Beyond, Will Everything, Forever, Be Paid for on the Backs of Providers
3:25 PM AOPA Issues Briefing, Panel #3—O&P Legislative Alert—Issues & Pending Bills

  1. Medicare O&P Improvements Act, H.R. 3112
  2. Appropriations, Funding for Research & Education, S 521/S.522
  3. Emerging RAC Fairness Legislation
  4. Patient Perspective
  1. Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights, H.R. 3408
  2. Federal Insurance Fairness for Amputees Bill (H.R. 3020)
  3. Where Do We Go From Here?
4:10 PM Congressional Perspective—What Is the Future of Health Going to Look Like, 2014-2016
4:45 PM O&P PAC Fundraiser Reception
6:30 PM Attendee Reception & Dinner


Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

7:30 AM O&P PAC Fundraiser Breakfast &
Review of Talking Points
8:00 AM Your Mock Congressional Visit
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Congressional Visits
Noon – 1:30 PM Buffet Lunch Available
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Debriefing Session


Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

AOPA Extended Educational Sessions: (Separate Registration Required)
Module I – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM A Special Business and Clinical Educational Program Begins, A Closer Look at How Washington WILL Impact Your Business
1. Understanding Congressional Appropriations, How Does Money Get Out of Washington for Research, Educational & Other Programs
2. CBO — What is the Congressional Budget Office, How Does It Work and Why is It Important?
3. Special Programs That Will Impact Your Future: ACOs, DRGs, Post Acute Care Bundling & CMS’s Office of Innovation
4. Let’s Sue the Bastards: A Primer About Suing the Medicare Program
(Dinner Included)


Friday, April 4th, 2014

AOPA Extended Educational Sessions: (Separate Registration Required)
Module II – 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Special Business and Clinical Educational Program Begins: Coding, RAC, OTS Coding, Appealing to the ALJ & FDA Educational Program Segments1. Coding and Reimbursement Segment (2 hours)
a. Primer: Steps You Can Take to Avoid RAC/Pre-Payment Audits and Succeed If You Get Them
b. New Off-the-Shelf Orthotic Codes–Guide to Avoid Becoming a Witness Against Yourself.
2. Taking Your Claims All the Way to the ALJ: How to Do It, and Win (1 hour)
3. FDA: Has O&P Awakened a Sleeping Regulatory Giant–Overview of GMPs, Unique Device Identifiers, Complaint Files and Central Fabrication Compliance issues (1-1/2 hours)