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AOPA recognizes outstanding achievement


WASHINGTON – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association has named Thomas Watson as its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Watson, along with his wife Barbara, owns Tom Watson’s Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab, with locations in Owensboro and Evansville, Ky.

Horton’s O&P goes high tech


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics now uses high-precision CAD/CAM scanning technology.

PMDRX adds orthotic component


GLENDALE, Ariz. – PMDRX has launched a new orthotic bracing exam and documentation component for prescribing practitioners to help them determine patient medical necessity for off-the-shelf orthotic bracing.

Legal: Attorneys brace for fallout


YARMOUTH, Maine – With more scrutiny than ever from Medicare for popular back, knee and ankle braces, some HME providers are getting a little too creative to capture business in this market, industry attorneys fear.

OIG targets orthotics payments, vents billing


WASHINGTON – Orthotics and vents are among the HME that the Office of Inspector General plans to focus on in fiscal year 2016, according to a work plan published this w

O&P groups push back on LCDs


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.

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.

Short takes: HOMES, Comfort Medical, BioCorrect


HOMES elected its new board of directors at its recent annual meeting.

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.

In brief: CMS seeks to exclude certified orthotic fitters, DeRoyal receives patent


WASHINGTON – CMS would like to limit the provision of custom fitted prefabricated orthotics to “individuals with specialized training” like physicians.