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BOC funds racial bias study

May 11, 2022HME News Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) has committed $30,000 to fund a study, “Racial Bias in Orthotics and Prosthetics,” the first of its kind in the O&P field.  The study is a recipient of a 2021 American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) Pilot Grant.  "This research is an essential first step to reduce health disparities and improve racial...

AOPA, BOC, Orthotics, Prosthetics, racial bias


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In brief: Golden moves faster, transportation delays persist, AdaptHealth buys Keene

April 15, 2022HME News Staff

OLD FORGE, Pa. – Golden Technologies on April 4 decreased lead times on in-stock power lift recliners to one week and custom build orders to six weeks.  Over the last 12 months, the company says it has been working hard to expand a diverse supply chain for parts and products to ensure a continuous supply of products and services and has opened a new distribution center that spans 170,000 square feet.  “As part of our continued operational and logistics improvement...

AdaptHealth, AOPA, Golden Technologies, Healogics, Keene Medical Products, Option Care, Wound Pros


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O&P stakeholders press case on DTC model

April 13, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The O&P Alliance has issued a statement opposing direct-to-consumer delivery of custom orthotics and prosthetics.  The alliance, which includes the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, ABC, BOC and National Association for the Advancement of Orthotic and Prosthetic Patient Care, says such devices should be fitted by a licensed O&P professional as part of the overall plan of care. The direct-to-consumer model, they...

AOPA, O&P Alliance, Orthotics, Prosthetics


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In brief: ResMed shows ‘strength,’ Apria’s ‘ahead,’ CMS provides bid comparison

August 6, 2021HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO – ResMed reported revenue increased 14% to $876.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year. Net income was $195.1 million vs. $177.8 million.  The company reported revenue increased 8% to $3.2 billion for fiscal year 2021 compared to the previous year. Net income was $474.5 million vs. $621.7 million.  “Our fourth quarter and full-year fiscal year 2021 results continue to demonstrate the strength and resiliency of our business,”...

AOPA, Apria, CRT, Kubat HealthCare, Lifeway Mobility, NCART, NRRTS, ResMed, WellSky


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O&P legislation reintroduced in Senate

August 2, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on July 29 reintroduced the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered Care Act to improve access to care and combat fraud and abuse.   Companion legislation was reintroduced on March 18 in the House of Representatives.  “The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, whose over 2,000 members represent both the facilities that treat patients and the manufacturers of orthotic and prosthetic devices, has been advocating...

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AOPA seeks ‘brightest’ professionals

July 26, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association seeks nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of patient care in the orthotics and prosthetics profession over their lifetimes, the association says. “They represent the brightest and most influential minds in the field,” it says. “Receiving the award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by AOPA.”...

American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association, AOPA, Lifetime Achievement Award, Orthotics, Prosthetics


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AOPA doubles down on bill

May 3, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association expects a companion bill to H.R. 1990 to be introduced in the Senate soon. The bill includes provisions that would prohibit the use of drop shipping to deliver orthoses that are not specifically designated as off-the-shelf orthoses. AOPA believes the bills, if passed, would go a long way to curb fraud and abuse through the delivery of medically unnecessary orthoses to Medicare beneficiaries. “AOPA remains...

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, AOPA, Fraud, Orthotics, Prosthetics


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O&P: Pandemic pushes need for separate status to forefront

March 26, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – O&P practitioners have renewed their push to be recognized as clinicians – a distinction they say is critical now more than ever to ensure access to care.  While stakeholders have long fought for this, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for it, says Justin Beland, director of government affairs for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, because only certain clinicians have been able to get reimbursed for telehealth...

AOPA, Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act, Orthotics, Prosthetics


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Round 2021 & COVID-19: Not a good time to limit access, AOPA says

November 6, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The single payment amounts for off-the-shelf knee and back braces under Round 2021 of competitive bidding will be about 30% to 35%, on average, below Medicare's current fee schedule, based on a preliminary analysis by the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association. The reductions aren't necessarily a surprise, stakeholders say, but they have new meaning during a public health emergency. “The COVID environment business conditions are not anything like what they were when bids were...

AOPA, Back Braces, Knee braces, Orthotics, Round 2021


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AOPA partners with Amputee Coalition

August 25, 2020HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association has partnered with the Amputee Coalition to provide its members more resources to serve their patients. AOPA members will now be considered Amputee Coalition Partners and will be listed on the coalition's website as such. AOPA members will also receive materials to distribute, including: inMotion magazine; First Step: A Guide to Adapting to Limb Loss; and brochures for dealing with limb loss. AOPA members will receive a packet with...

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, Amputee Coalition, AOPA


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