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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.

In brief: Bid bill to drop this week, House committee launches inquiry into prosthetic changes


The “Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016” will join a bill already introduced in the Senate that also seeks to push back the date of the cuts, which will usher in reimbursement based 100% on the competitive bidding program, from July 1, 2016, to Oct.

House committee launches inquiry into prosthetic changes


WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has launched an inquiry into the draft local coverage determination for prosthetics.

In brief: O&P stakeholders add bill to arsenal, AAH and VGM book keynotes


WASHINGTON – Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has introduced a bill that would halt CMS’s plans to make dramatic changes to coverage for prosthetic devices.

Private payers ‘exploit’ O&P changes


WASHINGTON – It’s no surprise to O&P stakeholders that private payers are picking up on a widely criticized proposed rule by Medicare to deny coverage for prosthetic devices that were previously covered.

Össur, Ottobock fund research


REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Össur and Ottobock have joined forces to fund breakthrough research in mind-controlled prosthetic limbs. The companies have contributed a combined $1 million to the Össur and Ottobock Research Trust Fund at the University of Iceland.

In brief: AAHomecare names champs, Rotech makes buy


ATLANTA – Joey Tart and Billy Tart, co-founders of Family Medical Supply in Dunn, N.C., have been chosen to receive this year’s Homecare Champion Award.

The power of Twitter

Online social networking service provided fuel for fired up O&P stakeholders

YARMOUTH, Maine – The groundswell of support to rescind proposed changes to coverage for lower limb prostheses coalesced into one cohesive rallying cry on Twitter in late August: Prosthetics are #notaluxury.

In brief: CMS limits scope of audits, O&P fight rages on


WASHINGTON – For redeterminations and reconsiderations of claims denied following a post-payment review or audit, CMS has instructed the MACs and QICs to limit their scope to the reason the claim or line item was initially denied, according to a recent MLN Matters