Huge Win: Orthotist/prosthetist notes will be considered part of the patient’s medical record by CMS!

It’s official! As a follow-up to yesterday’s announcement, with the overnight action of both Senate and House in enacting the Continuing Resolution and the spending bill, and with President Trump having signed that legislation, not only is the federal government open, but the following O&P provision is now officially signed into law:
13 Section 1834(h) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(h)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
”(5) DOCUMENTATION CREATED BY ORTHOTISTS AND PROSTHETISTS. – For purposes of determining the reasonableness and medical necessity of orthotics and prosthetics, documentation created by an orthotist or prosthetist shall be considered part of the individual’s medical record to support documentation created by eligible professionals described in section 1848(k)(3)(B).”.
Even with this one sentence, straightforward provision, there may be questions of timing applicability and such to be resolved – but the win is complete. The Orthotist and Prosthetist Notes are now officially part of the medical record for purposes of Medicare medical necessity and claims audits!

RAND Report and Disability Tech Gap Presentation at the National Press Club

AOPA hosted a press event at the National Press Club in Washington DC, to share the important research from the RAND Corporation on the economic value of advanced prosthetics.
Dr. Soren Mattke, M.D. from RAND Corporation presented the findings of this just published research that concluded that microprocessor knees are associated with improvements in physical function and reductions in falls and osteoarthritis, and that the economic benefits are in line with commonly accepted criteria for good value for money by U.S. payers.
Dr. Ken Kaufman, PhD of the Mayo Clinic, shared his research on health outcomes for those living with limb loss, including the cost of care broken down by K-level, and the costs of falls. He also shared his research that shows that many patients receiving an amputation are never given a prescription for a prosthetic device.
Prosthetic users Christopher Allen and Peggy Chenoweth shared their compelling stories of how they have benefited from advanced technology in their everyday lives.

The full RAND report can be accessed here.

White House Design For All Showcase

White House Fashion Show celebrates inclusive design, assistive technology, and prostheses. #DesignForAll

See a video of the fashion show, provided by the White House, as well as a recording of the closing remarks by Alison Cernich, Director of NICHD National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, below.

Alison Cernich discussed an ambitious research plan mapped by 17 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health during her closing statement at the White House Design for All Showcase.

See the full Design for All Fashion Show below.