NYSAAOP – AOPA Policy Forum Wrap Up

Please use the www.AOPAvotes.org link to contact your representatives to support S 1191 and HR 2599.  These bills separate P&O from DME and makes Prosthetist/Orthotist notes admissible.
Wrap Up of the 2017 AOPA Policy Forum
New Legislation Introduced
Last week’s Policy Forum was another successful one for the record books. With the broader healthcare debate going on in Washington and across America, AOPA members came to DC to discuss the issues most important to them and their patients with their lawmakers.
The big story of the Policy Forum was the introduction in the 115th Congress of S.1191 and H.R. 2599, better known as the Medicare O&P Improvement Act of 2017. This bill, among other things, would separate O&P from DME, and allow orthotist’s and prosthetist’s notes to be part of the medical record for determining medical necessity. Read the full wrap up and see the photos.

Use www.AOPAvotes.org to voice your support
for the Medicare O&P Improvement Act.

Antionette Rogge, CO / Vice President

Joann Marx, CPO, FAAOP / Secretary

Marty Mandelbaum, CPO, FAAOP / Treasurer

Ted Drygas, CPO, FAAOP / Business Committee


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ABC NEWS ALERT – Veterans Affairs has unilaterally decided to assign reimbursement codes to prosthetic feet that are not consistent with the Center for Medicare Services

The Department of Veterans Affairs has unilaterally decided to assign reimbursement codes to prosthetic feet that are not consistent with the Center for Medicare Services. As a result of their action, veterans have not had the same access to certain prosthetic feet that those with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance receive.

Five Congressional Representatives – Reps. Kyrsten Simena (D-AZ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Walter Jones (R-NC), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), and David Schweiker (R-AZ) sent a letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans requesting that the VA explain the process they used to change the coding determination and justify why it is not the same as Medicare’s.
Read the letter.

Send a letter to Congress requesting that the VA follow CMS procedures.

There is also a letter for veterans to use – please share the following link with any veterans who have either experienced or are concerned about a limitation in their access to prosthetic care.
Veterans – send a letter to Congress.

Contact Lauren Anderson with any questions at
571/431-0843 or landerson@aopanet.org.