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  • Take the April 2010 Business Conditions Survey today
  • Students advance in National History Day Competition with presentation on prosthetics
  • Oscar Pistorius sets goal of London 2010
  • Volunteers needed for ongoing O&P outreach to Haiti
  • Changes to Timely Filing Requirements for Medicare Claims
  • Updated information on Signature Requirements
  • Medi-Cal benefit cut update
  • O&P NEWS

    Take the April 2010 Business Conditions Survey today
    AOPA in Advance    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The latest Business Conditions Survey is available. This month's short survey asks about revenues, state Medicaid funding, and employment opportunities in your practice. Click here to take the survey. More

    Students advance in National History Day competition with presentation on prosthetics
    the Fayette Leader (subscription)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Prosthetic Limbs: Impacting People's Mobility is the title of their project. The girls spent the last four months preparing and re-preparing. They chose the topic after seeing a man in their own community, Ivan Franzen, go through amputations and because of prosthetics, get his mobility back. The presentation is just under 10 minutes, keeping with the time limit set for the National History Day contest. This was the first year they participated in the event. The team will compete in the 2010 National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, June 13-17. More

    Oscar Pistorius sets goal of London 2010
    the London Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Oscar Pistorius is aiming to be the first athlete to compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games when they are held in London in 2012, he told The Times. "For Beijing 2008 I missed the qualification time for the B level by a quarter of a second and was really frustrated," Pistorius said. "My personal best is 46.23 and the A qualification time is 45.55, so it's a big ask [to qualify for the Olympics in London]. But in the end I just want to be treated like any other athlete, so I have to make the same qualification. It will just mean working harder and sacrificing that bit more." More

    The Ibex Foot System from Fillauer

    The Ibex Foot System is a leap forward in multi-axial foot design. The innovative micro-slices in the Ibex pylon and the split heel plate provide controlled inversion/eversion for terrain conformance. The unique components of the Ibex work together from heel strike to toe off to provide stability without sacrificing energy return.

    Volunteers needed for ongoing O&P outreach to Haiti
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    The Haitian earthquake tragedy may not be on front pages anymore or be the lead story on the evening news, but the human need continues. The joint website by AAOP and AOPA offers the opportunity for individuals and companies to make known their willingness to help sustain O&P services in Haiti through cash and equipment donations or volunteering of services. The site also gathers needs information such as the following request to AOPA members from Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. John Lovejoy ( "We are asking a CPO, CP or CO, their spouse and or tech to come for a week or two. The hospital has a residency and room and board. The only expense is transportation and a $40 gratuity for food and for housekeeping. Ann Cullo is scheduling the trips and has more detailed information. Her email is: Please pass this on to your members. I would be happy to answer any other questions. John Lovejoy MD." Click here to access the joint AAOP/AOPA Haiti Relief Site. More

    Changes to Timely Filing Requirements for Medicare Claims
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    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010 reduces the maximum time period for filing Medicare claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2010 to one calendar year from the date of service. In addition, the law requires that any claims with a date of services on or after October 1, 2009 but prior to January 1, 2010 must be submitted by December 31, 2010. Claims with dates of service prior to October 1, 2009 may continue to be filed within the pre PPACA timely filing limits. These limits allow for the remainder of the calendar year from the date of service plus an additional 12 months for claims to be filed with a 10 percent reduction on assigned claims that are filed more than 12 months from the date of service. More

    Updated information on signature requirements
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    Medicare has recently provided all of its contractors updated information regarding signature requirements for medical review purposes. When contractors (i.e. the DME MACs or the RACs) are reviewing your claims, they may ask for additional information, such as the patients medical records. When reviewing the medical records you submitted they may use the presence or absence of a signature to approve, deny, or seek repayment of your claims. Any entry that is included in the patient's medical record must be signed and authenticated by the individual who made the entry. More

    Medi-Cal benefit cut update
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    AOPA has been apprising members of potential cuts to reimbursement for O&P by the state of California. Bryce Docherty, Executive Director of the California Orthotics & Prosthetics Association (COPA), spearheaded a charge to oppose a proposed budget policy from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that included an option which would eliminate all payments under California Medicaid for the prosthetic and orthotic devices used by amputees and those with other limb impairments starting July 1, 2010. COPA's efforts have yielded further positives outcomes. The subsequent budget revisions presented to the California Assembly by Gov. Schwarzenegger preserves the orthotic and prosthetic benefit under California's Medi-Cal program for fiscal year 2010/2011. O&P was listed as one of the many "optional benefits" that the governor had previously attempted to cut. With these new budget recommendations many optional benefits were adversely affected: benefits have been eliminated or severely reduced. The governor has included new office visit copays, pharmacy benefit copays, ER visit copays and extensive utilization and frequency limits for many medical services including physician visits, and physical and occupation therapy. But as of now, the O&P reimbursements which were slated to be eliminated, if federal funding did not materialize, are still intact. Full details of the plan's impact on O&P from California's Department of Health Services will be available here as soon as they become public. More

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