Ask your representatives to support the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Improvement Act, which provides common sense solutions to reduce fraud, including the following provisions:
- require Medicare/Medicaid to reimburse only qualified providers meeting required licensure or accreditation standards according to BIPA 427;
- recognize the prosthetist’s and orthotist’s clinical notes as part of the patient’s medical record;
- distinguish the clinical activities of orthotists and prosthetists from those providing durable medical equipment and supplies;
- clarify that “off-the- shelf orthotics” eligible for competitive bidding be limited to those devices that require minimal self-adjustment only by the patient and not another person in order to fit the patient.