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DOJ says telemedicine responsible for bulk of latest fraud takedown

September 20, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has announced criminal charges against 138 defendants for their alleged participation in various health care fraud schemes, including those involving telemedicine and DME, that have resulted in about $1.4 billion in alleged losses.  Of the total, 43 defendants have been charged for their participation in schemes involving telemedicine, resulting in $1.1 billion in alleged losses. Certain telemedicine execs allegedly paid doctors and nurse...

Medicare fraud, Operation Brace Yourself, Orthotics, telemedicine


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Hanger honors future O&P professionals

August 25, 2021HME News Staff

AUSTIN, Texas – The Hanger Foundation has announced the 2021 recipients of the inaugural Hanger Foundation Diversity Scholarships. It has awarded six graduate students from three universities two-year scholarships to help supplement the cost of their Masters of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics. It’s also offering a two-year mentorship, with the option of pursuing a residency at the Hanger Clinic. The recipients are: Taushima “Shima” Nixon at Alabama State University, Kayla...

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Cailor Fleming, VGM Specialty Underwriters team up

August 24, 2021HME News Staff

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Cailor Fleming Insurance and VGM Specialty Underwriters have formed an exclusive partnership to meet the needs of members of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, and the O&P and pedorthic professions. “Creating this partnership allows us to serve O&P providers in an even greater capacity,” said Don Foley, owner/operator, Cailor Fleming Insurance. “We’ve developed tailored products and coverage options for the unique needs of...

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AOPA seeks ‘brightest’ professionals

July 26, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association seeks nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of patient care in the orthotics and prosthetics profession over their lifetimes, the association says. “They represent the brightest and most influential minds in the field,” it says. “Receiving the award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by AOPA.”...

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Jury convicts DME owners in brace scheme

July 13, 2021HME News Staff

DALLAS – A federal jury has convicted Dallas area owners and operators of two DME companies of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United states and to pay and receive health care kickbacks, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to evidence presented at trial, Leah Hagan and Michael Hagen, the owners and operators of Metro DME Supply and Ortho Pain Solutions, paid a fixed rate per DME item in exchange for prescriptions and paperwork completed by telemedicine doctors...

Braces, Health care fraud, Operation Brace Yourself, Orthotics


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AOPA doubles down on bill

May 3, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association expects a companion bill to H.R. 1990 to be introduced in the Senate soon. The bill includes provisions that would prohibit the use of drop shipping to deliver orthoses that are not specifically designated as off-the-shelf orthoses. AOPA believes the bills, if passed, would go a long way to curb fraud and abuse through the delivery of medically unnecessary orthoses to Medicare beneficiaries. “AOPA remains...

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, AOPA, Fraud, Orthotics, Prosthetics


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O&P: Pandemic pushes need for separate status to forefront

March 26, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – O&P practitioners have renewed their push to be recognized as clinicians – a distinction they say is critical now more than ever to ensure access to care.  While stakeholders have long fought for this, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for it, says Justin Beland, director of government affairs for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, because only certain clinicians have been able to get reimbursed for telehealth...

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Bill to carve out O&P reintroduced in House

March 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has reintroduced the Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act to improve access to care and combat fraud and abuse.  The legislation would create separate statutory requirements for the provision of orthoses and prostheses, distinguishing O&P practitioners from other DME suppliers. It would also restore the term “minimal self-adjustment” to more clearly define off-the-shelf orthoses; and prohibit...

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Össur goes green

March 1, 2021HME News Staff

REYKJAVIK – Össur has announced that it will be carbon neutral in 2021, its 50th anniversary. The company will be carbon neutral for energy and fuel consumption, waste generation, business travel, transportation of goods, and electricity consumption of finished goods suppliers. “We care about the environment and take our responsibility seriously,” said Jon Sigurdsson, president and CEO of Össur, who has led the company for 25 years. “We...

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Hanger Foundation creates scholarships to increase diversity 

January 28, 2021HME News Staff

AUSTIN, Texas – The Hanger Foundation has created the Hanger Foundation Diversity Scholarship to attract more diverse candidates to O&P graduate programs. Hanger Inc., which launched the foundation in 2009, says it is committed to addressing racism and creating a more inclusive profession. “Research has shown that clinicians of color are underrepresented within the O&P industry,” said Gloria Gonzales Dholakia, PhD, executive director of the Hanger Foundation....

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