COVID-19 Response and Resources


With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) we are in uncertain times, with apprehension about providing current and future O&P care at unprecedented levels. In addition, we know managing the needs of your staff is difficult. AOPA is here to help our members navigate this rapidly evolving situation.

Below are a set of resources and information to guide you in providing care and running your business. Also below are the actions AOPA has taken on behalf of its members to ensure care can still be provided while keeping staff safe.

We will keep you updated via email, on this webpage, and through our social media channels with the latest responses and resources. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

AOPA Responses:

AOPA has been aggressively advocating on behalf of our members to ensure that the unique needs of the O&P community – practitioners, suppliers, and patients – are taken into consideration when drafting relief legislation. On March 27 Congress passed the CARES Act to help provide financial relief, read the provisions here (3/27/2020).

AOPA Guidance:

Update on CMS Resumption of Medicare Audits (7/22/2020)

CMS Announces the Resumption of Medicare Audits and New Implementation Date for Medicare Prior Authorization (7/10/2020)

Paycheck Protection Program Changes (6/5/2020) Update: On June 30, the Senate voted to extend the Paycheck Protection Program for five more weeks, until August 8 because there was $130 billion still available for loans to small businesses . The bill now goes to the House, who will pass it soon.

Recording of AOPA Telehealth Townhall (5/19/2020)

DME MACs Publish Guidance Regarding Physician Telehealth Visits During COVID-19 (5/14/2020)

Additional Provider Relief (4/28/2020)

CMS Announces Suspension of Medicare Advance Payment Program during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (4/27/2020)

Recording of AOPA COVID-19 Townhall (4/12/2020)

CMS Payments to O&P Providers (4/10/2020)

CMS Expands Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (4/9/2020)

Recording of Small Business Administration Loan Webinar (4/2/2020)

CMS Suspends Most Audit Activities (4/2/2020) Updated – CMS Suspends Most Audit Activities (4/7/2020)

CMS Pauses Medicare DMEPOS Prior Authorization Program and Provides Other Regulatory Relief in Response to COVID-19 (3/21/2020)

Guidance on Documentation and Telehealth Waivers (3/18/2020)

Clarification on Emergency-Based Waivers Guidance (3/30/2020)

Guidance on Operation of O&P Businesses During State or Local Restrictions Related to COVID-19 (3/23/2020)

Guidance for Manufacturers on Operation During State or Local Restrictions Related to COVID-19 (3/24/2020)

Certain Enrollment Procedures Waived for COVID-19 (3/24/2020)

RAC Contractor Suspends New Additional Documentation Requests for At Least 30 Days (3/26/2020)

AOPA lobbyist McGuireWood’s analysis of Families First Coronavirus Response

Guidance on working with VA facilities: With regard to the current COVID-19 crisis, VA facility directors (and their supporting Veteran Integrated Service Network) determine the guidance for their medical center, locally, with regard to outpatient services, scheduling of patients, coordination of care, etc.  Vendors and contractors for O&P services should contact the local VA facilities with which they do business to discuss questions or issues related to services they are providing to that facility, or to the Veterans from that facility they are serving. (3/25/2020)

In an effort to helping our members during this challenging time, AOPA has submitted a request for CMS to consider a settlement of claims pending ALJ adjudication. This letter serves only as an initial request to open a dialogue. No settlement is currently being negotiated. AOPA will continue to provide updates regarding this effort. If you have any questions, contact Joe McTernan at jmcternan@AOPAnet.org 

AOPA Co-OP:

AOPAversity:

AOPA members and all your employees have the ability to access AOPAversity for FREE for the rest of 2020.

  • Don’t already have an AOPAversity profile? Click here to create a profile.  You will need your member ID and zip code when you create your profile to access the free offering. 
  • Already have a profile? Login here, your username is the email used to create your profile.
  • Questions? Contact Ryan Gleeson at rgleeson@AOPAnet.org.

O&P Alliance Member Responses and Resources:

A message from the O&P profession: We Stand United To Serve

NAAOP Open letter to State Governments

BOC Message Regarding COVID-19

ABC Message on Coronavirus

NCOPE Public Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19

ISPO Working Document: Suggestions for Prosthetic Orthotic Clinics that Must Remain Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Government Guidelines:

Centers for Disease Control Resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities

World Health Organization Advice for the Public  

Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Background

External Resources:

Federal Reserve Board announces it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program

Small Business Administration’s Loan Resources

Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program

Treasury Department Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQs

Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Response Toolkit

Eligibility Requirements for $30 Billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

Federal, State, and Nonprofit Relief Efforts and Funds

List of Small Business Grants

CMS COVID-19 Partner Toolkit

CMS COVID-19 Healthcare Providers Fact Sheet

CMS Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Fact Sheet

Medicare Telemedicine FAQ

Medicaid Telemedicine Fact Sheet

Office for Civil Rights Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19

CMS FAQs on Catastrophic Plan Coverage and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Administration for Community Living What Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know about COVID-19

Department of Homeland Security Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams

Office of Civil Rights HIPPA and Coronavirus

EEOC What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19

March O&P Almanac

AOPA Event Updates:

  • Coding and Billing Seminar scheduled for April 27-28 in Charlotte, NC has been rescheduled to July 20-21.
  • Policy Forum will be held virtually Wednesday, May 6 from 1 to 2:30pm ET.
  • 2020 National Assembly is proceeding as planned, hope to see you in Las Vegas September 9 – 12.