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Bill to carve out O&P reintroduced in House

Bill to carve out O&P reintroduced in House

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 the practice of “drop shipping” custom orthoses and prostheses, as well as off-the-shelf orthoses. 

H.R. 1990, introduced March 17, is identical to legislation introduced last year in the House (H.R. 5262) and in 2019 in the Senate (S. 4503). 

AOPA is urging its members to contact their members of Congress to ask them to support the bill. 

The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C. 


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