February 21, 2017

AOPA Form Letter Facilitates Comments on CMS’ Qualified Providers Proposed Rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule, in the Federal Register on January 12, that, among other things, would establish qualifications and requirements that must be met to be considered a qualified O&P practitioner or supplier; would amend the payment rules to bill Medicare for prostheses and custom-fabricated orthoses; and amend requirements an organization must meet to accredit qualified suppliers to bill Medicare for prostheses and custom-fabricated orthoses. AOPA has gathered member input on the rule and has prepared pre-written comments for members to submit prior to the March 13 deadline.

“The [CMS] proposal is far from perfect,” AOPA says. “That, coupled with: (a) the start of the new Trump administration and the prospect that the administration could easily view the proposed regulations unfavorably as an effort to regulate business; and (b) the fact that there are several business interests in potential opposition to the rule make it critically important that AOPA, AOPA members, and everyone in the O&P community provide thoughtful and comprehensive comments by the March 13 deadline.”

For additional information or to submit a comment letter, visit the AOPA website. For questions about the campaign, contact Joe McTernan at jmcternan@aopanet.org or 571.431.0811.

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