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Specialty Providers

President proposes bidding for O&P

March 21, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Stakeholders say they'll stay vigilant, but the president's proposed plan to include all orthotics and prosthetics as part of Medicare's competitive bidding program shouldn't cause panic.“We just don't think that, overall, this is an environment in which we will see the government willing to mandate that amputees are going to receive their prosthetic devices from the UPS guy in a box to fit themselves,” said Tom Fise, executive director of the American Orthotics & Prosthetics...

AOPA, orthotics & prosthetics, president's budget 2017, Tom Fise


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Specialty Providers

Gov't also takes hit under 'monster backlog' of appeals

March 20, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The years-long delay in the appeals process at the administrative law judge level is costly for both providers and CMS, says a new report.More than half of claims are overturned on appeal and when they are, CMS must pay interest back to providers, according to the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, which commissioned the report.“This is a crisis that should never have happened,” said Charles Dankmeyer, president of AOPA. “We need to fix this in a way that saves...

ALJ delay, AOPA, Dobson DaVanzo, orthotics & prosthetics


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Business Development

Soft goods show retail potential

January 23, 2015John Andrews

Even if a provider is known for durable medical equipment, there is no reason why soft goods can't be an integral part of the product mix. In fact, the soft goods category is showing strong retail promise as creative, entrepreneurial vendors seek new sales channels for their product lines.Traditionally considered part of the orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) market, soft goods are emerging as a distinct business segment apart from O&P. And it consists of merchandise targeted for that heavyweight of...

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Specialty Providers

Memo to CMS: Stop paying unlicensed providers

October 25, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

There's a difference between providing high-quality O&P care in a facility and operating out of garage, say providers who support a bill that would level the playing field.“It is hard to compete when you've got a lot of controls in place to ensure that you're putting out a quality product,” said James Rogers, owner of PPS Orthotic and Prosthetic Services in Chattanooga, Tenn. “There are some folks out there that don't really have a facility. Having a physical location where patients...

H.R. 3112, o&P, orthotics & prosthetics


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Specialty Providers

Bill seeks to curb fraud, save money

October 25, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - A bill that would require Medicare to pay only licensed providers for orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) is a proverbial hat trick, say industry stakeholders.“It would save money for the government, it would cut back on fraud, and it would aid patients by assuring that a higher quality of care is available to them,” said Tom Fise, executive director of the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (AOPA).The Medicare Orthotics & Prosthetics Improvement Act of 2013, H.R....

American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association, H.R. 3112, o&P, orthotics & prosthetics


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