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Back braces: AOPA says data needed to paint detailed picture

January 25, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report that says CMS pays too much for certain back braces misses the mark on some key points, say O&P stakeholders.The Dec. 17 report says that from 2008 to 2011, claims for L0631 back orthoses more than doubled, from $36 million to more than $96 million. With the devices offered in a variety of settings, from home medical equipment suppliers to physician offices, the reasons for the increase could vary, says Tom Fise.“Has the volume been uniform...

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Assoc (AOPA), Back Brace, L0631, O&P

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