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President proposes bidding for O&P

Plan for fiscal year 2017 also includes urologicals, ostomy and inhalation drugs

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders say they’ll stay vigilant, but the president’s proposed plan to include all orthotics and prosthetics as part of Medicare’s competitive bidding program shouldn’t cause panic.

Short takes: Lincare, Golden Technologies, Medtrade, AOPA


Lincareis once again a member of AAHomecare after failing to renew its membership in 2008 …Golden Technologies has named Carrie Ernest as its new marketin

In brief: ICD-10 goes live, BraunAbility sells to investment firm


WASHINGTON – ICD-10 went into effect Oct. 1, but it will be several days, if not a month, before the impact of the new code system sets in.

Short takes: Brightree, AOPA, Masimo, Nonin


Brightree’s electronic health record solution for home health and hospice has been selected by Merida Health Care Group.

In brief: Apria goes big for PERS, Drive buys HurryCane


LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apria Healthcare has expanded an agreement to offer PERS devices.

Lawmakers weigh in on O&P

‘Get this done,’ agrees AOPA

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers recently sent a letter to CMS demanding the agency enforce long-established O&P licensure and certification requirements.

O&P bill tackles accreditation, audit issues


WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate introduced bills last week that seek to apply accreditation and licensure requirements to O&P providers who bill Medicare.

Gov’t also takes hit under ‘monster backlog’ of appeals


WASHINGTON – The years-long delay in the appeals process at the administrative law judge level is costly for both providers and CMS, says a new report.

CMS looks to demote certified orthotic fitters


WASHINGTON – Stakeholders have sounded off on a CMS proposal that would prohibit certified orthotic fitters (COFs) from providing custom orthotics to Medicare beneficiaries.

AOPA sues over audit practices


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Saying it had run out of options, the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (AOPA) in May sued CMS over its auditing practices.