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AOPA monitoring 'essential' businesses

March 27, 2020HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association has stated that O&P facilities will continue to be exempt from state and municipal orders restricting or closing non-essential business until further notice. AOPA has reviewed the orders and found language that deems healthcare facilities as essential. This exemption applies to both patients and employees. AOPA will alert its members if additional restrictions are implemented that affect the operation of O&P businesses.

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AOPA readies to monitor new prior auths

March 13, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association is “interested” to see how the new prior authorizations for certain L codes work out, says Joe McTernan.CMS in February announced it was adding six lower limb prosthetic codes to the prior authorization list for DMEPOS. “We are hoping to track the affirmation rates, both positive and negative, to see what the impact is on beneficiaries and how we can respond to that,” said McTernan, director of coding and reimbursement...

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AOPA criticizes 'unscrupulous' providers

March 28, 2019HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association is “strongly opposed” to lead-generation marketing for orthoses, a business practice that it says is responsible for an increase in fraud and abuse, the association said in a statement today.Lead-generation marketing uses television, website and social media channels to encourage people to contact a call center that then provides “leads” to physician referral sources and medical equipment providers. People receive...

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AOPA's Fise to step down

April 4, 2018HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Tom Fise will step down from his role as executive director of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association when his contract expires at the end of 2018. “On behalf of AOPA, I would like to thank Tom for his dedication and commitment to the orthotic and prosthetic industry,” said Jim Weber, president of AOPA, in a press release. “His legislative and regulatory experience has been most valuable to AOPA as he has worked to champion our association's needs to Congress,...

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AOPA, O&P News 'perfect fit'

November 16, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association has agreed to buy O&P News Magazine from SLACK Inc., it announced today. “(It's) the perfect fit of O&P News with AOPA's objective to expand communications with the O&P community to ensure that the latest in research and technology developments and information is served up in as many forums as possible,” said Michael Oros, AOPA president. “O&P News has the potential to play an important role in that endeavor.” AOPA...

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CMS rescinds proposed orthotics rule

October 13, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS has announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule that would have required any practitioner or supplier who provides custom orthotics to be licensed in states where it is required.The rule, released in January, was strongly opposed by physicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists. The rule has actually been a law since 2000, but it has never been fully implemented.CMS said it was withdrawing the rule due to “the cost and time burdens that the proposed rule would...

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Amputee community: Give us 'leg to stand on'

June 28, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - O&P stakeholders yesterday called on lawmakers to ensure that any healthcare reform plan does not return America to a pre-ACA world where amputees can't afford a leg.“Before ACA, amputation was considered a pre-existing condition and there were unreasonable limits in insurance coverage,” said Dr. Jeff Cain, a Denver-based physician and head of the advocacy program for the Amputee Coalition. “Without insurance, an amputee wouldn't be able to afford a leg to stand on.”Cain...

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AOPA World Congress gains two new partners

February 23, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association has announced that the Orthotics and Prosthetics Association of India (OPAI) and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) will participate in the 2017 AOPA World Congress, Sept. 6-9 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. “CMTA recognizes that the use of orthoses improve the quality of life for people living with CMT, so it was a very natural partnership,” said Michael Oros, president of AOPA. “And OPAI serves a growing...

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AOPA celebrates centennial

February 8, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association has launched www.aopa100.org, a commemorative website in honor of its 100th anniversary. The website features AOPA's history, an interactive timeline, photo gallery, personal stories from members, and the association's plans for the future. “The website celebrates our members' deep roots and rich history in working together to ensure the viability of O&P for the patients we serve,” said Traci Dralle, chairwoman of AOPA's...

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AOPA seeks abstracts

December 7, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association has issued a call for papers for the AOPA World Congress slated for Sept. 6-9 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. The committee is accepting abstracts for Clinical Free Papers, the Technician Program, Business Education Program and the Symposia, in addition to a special Student/Resident Poster Submission category. AOPA has a list of topics of special interest, including osseointegration, public health topics, CAD/CAM, alternative payment...

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