Bill raises standards for O&P
WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced a bill on March 23 that would apply accreditation and other standards for orthotics and prosthetics to help guarantee product quality and reduce fraud in the Medicare program. “Orthotics and prosthetics, like other medical equipment, is an area that attracts a lot of fraud,” they state in a press release. “The good actors in this industry want to distinguish themselves from the bad actors who cheat Medicare.” The Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Improvement Act of 2015 would apply accreditation and licensure requirements to providers and suppliers for Medicare payment purposes, according to a press release from Grassley and Warner. It would also modify the designation of accreditation organizations for orthotics and prosthetics to recognize these suppliers as independent professional providers of medical care for Medicare beneficiaries, they say. Grassley and Warner serve together on the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over most federal healthcare programs. Grassley is the former chairman of the committee.