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UPDATE: New Consignment Closet Rules
from AOPA in Advance
Over the past few days, AOPA has obtained additional information regarding the new consignment closet rules. While the implementation date is still Sept. 8, CMS is now telling us that they will not begin enforcement at that time. CMS has also confirmed that the new rules do not cover hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers. In addition, CMS has unofficially stated that if you have a staffed facility in a physician's office, with its own NPI and PTAN, and the physician does not have a Medicare supplier number, you will be able to continue providing care in that location. More
UPDATE: Diabetic Shoes and Surety Bonds
from AOPA in Advance
AOPA recently asked CMS for clarification on the affect of providing diabetic shoes and inserts on the surety bond exemption. In answer, a new FAQ has been added to the surety bond Web site. Click here to download the entire FAQ. Therefore, the provision of diabetic shoes negates your surety bond exemption, unless you only provide shoes as part of the provision of custom made orthoses or prostheses (not including orthotic inserts.) Due to the looming surety bond deadline of Oct. 2, anyone no longer meeting the exemption criteria should apply for a bond immediately. Click here to apply for a bond.
AOPA Member Speaks to Savannah Downtown Rotary
David Puckett spoke to the downtown Rotary at the DeSoto Hilton on Liberty Street. He is the founder of a company that provides prosthetic limbs to handicapped people in southeast Mexico. He told the Downtown Rotary that his his cause came long before his profession. Puckett had visited the region 15 years before he started his company. But for the last 10 years, he has been helping being medical care and artificial limbs to people who needed them but couldn't get them. More
AOPA Member Teams with VA to Open New Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics
from Long Beach Press-Telegram
Demand for prosthetics has been increasing as veterans come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Body armor saves lives but not always limbs. Diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, also provide healthy demand for prosthetics and those who make them. "This serves not only the amputee, not only the VA, but it serves the country," said Edmund Ayyappa, who teaches in the program. More
Wine Tasting and Auction at 2009 AOPA National Assembly
from AOPA In Advance
Come mingle and network with your O&P peers who also support the PAC by attending the 2nd Annual Wine Auction, benefitting the O&P PAC. Join us Monday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel during the 2009 AOPA National Assembly. In order to attend, sign an O&P PAC authorization form and register for the 2009 Wine Auction: Click here to sign the O&P PAC authorization form.
College Park's Onyx® - Foot Balanced Energy, Ideal Comfort.|
Integrating a dynamic pylon, the multi-axial Onyx Foot allows active users to demand more. Highly customizable, the Onyx includes adjustable Stride Control for fine-tuning gait. The sleek Onyx delivers balanced energy with ideal comfort and enhanced terrain compliance. Three year warranty. Visit www.college-park.com or call 800.728.7950 for more information.
|| Supplier Showcase: Thuasne North America |
Thuasne North America is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Thämert Germany. As a full distributor of Thuasne orthopedic, mastectomy, and sport products to Canada, United States, and Central America; we are excited to expand of our product offering with the addition of Thämert and Silima brands. For more information: www.thuasnena.com or www.thaermert.us.
|| Product Showcase: OAK Orthotic Knee Joint|
Feel the free-glide difference with the new OAK Orthotic Knee Joint from Fillauer! The OAK (Osteo-Arthritis Knee) polycentric orthotic knee joint has been engineered to provide motion that better approximates normal physiologic knee movement for use in a custom Osteoarthritic Knee Orthosis. Available in either Comfil® Thermo Formable Composite or Thermoplastic cuffs. More info
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Promenade Foot for Low Impact Amputees
The new Promenade from Freedom Innovations is designed specifically for low impact amputees. A dynamic heel and easily deflected toe provide near effortless roll-over, helping to reduce gait deviations and preserve energy. The full length sole plate provides a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. Users achieve more symmetrical and efficient stride lengths allowing them to increase their activity and feel better. More info