O&P groups push back on LCDs

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics has launched a petition asking the White House to rescind proposed coverage changes for prostheses.

The petition states: “We petition the Obama Administration to rescind the Medicare proposal restricting access to prosthetic limbs and returning amputees to 1970s standards of care.”

In July, the four DME MACS released the draft LCDs. Among the proposed changes: requiring a face-to-face visit; and requiring the patient to complete a rehab program before they can obtain a prosthetic device. The LCDs also seek to consolidate many of the codes into one code.

The petition must gather 100,000 signatures within 30 days to receive a response from White House staff. It currently has 16,545.

The petition is one of several new efforts from the O&P community to fight the proposed changes. The American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association announced on Twitter today that it plans an Aug. 26 protest at the Department of Health and Human Services building.