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In This Issue

  • Nevada facing serious Medicaid O&P coverage threat
  • Save the date! 2011 AOPA Policy Forum planned
  • Disabled and amputee skiers gather at Hartford Ski Spectacular
  • 2011 AOPA National Assembly call for papers
  • Reminder: Red Flag Rules go into effect Jan. 1
  • Take the November 2010 Business Conditions Survey today
  • 2011 DMEPOS Fee Schedule released
  • Professional golfer becomes golf coach for amputee veteran
  • 2011 Audio Conference schedule announced
  • Jan. 12 Audio Conference: 'How to Meet the New Supplier Standards'
  • O&P NEWS


    Nevada facing serious Medicaid O&P coverage threat
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    More than 20 members of the Nevada O&P community joined a December 16th AOPA facilitated conference call to strategize efforts to combat a state Medicaid proposal that would deny coverage for orthotics and prosthetics to Medicaid beneficiaries over the age of 21. The call followed up on a December 1st meeting of the Nevada Association of Medical Product Suppliers (NAMPS) which only three members of the O&P community attended. At the NAMPS meeting those DMEPOS facilities attending agreed to prepare lists of currently covered Medicaid items not crucial to patient care on which coverage could be eliminated to preserve the crucial O&P coverage. NAMPS is in discussions with state Medicaid officials as to the amount of "give up" needed to avoid the O&P elimination. More

    Save the date! 2011 AOPA Policy Forum planned
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    Nevada and Arizona underscore the value of attending the annual AOPA Policy Forum where members can learn about dealing with state and national legislative issues. In addition to the state Medicaid concerns, the 112th Congress will begin in about a month and with a new Republican majority in the House, comprised of many freshman legislators, making sure patient care providers make the case in person for O&P is just as critical as ever. The 2011 AOPA Policy Forum will be held Monday, April 11 through Tuesday, April 12, in Washington D.C. Members will be briefed on state and national legislative activities as well as prepared for face-to-face meetings with their congressional representatives. Registration is $125 per person and AOPA has secured a room rate of $249 per night at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, a five minute subway ride to Capitol Hill. More



    Disabled and amputee skiers gather at Hartford Ski Spectacular
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    Several hundred disabled skiers, including more than 150 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, came from all over the word to take part in this week's 23rd Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colo. The gadgets they're using were not even conceivable just a short time ago-like a computerized prosthetic limb. "I'm an amputee. I work in a slow-motion world. All of a sudden I get to the top of a mountain; I can go 30, 40, 50 miles an hour down the slopes," said Kirk Bauer, the executive director of Disabled Sports USA. "It is the most exhilarating feeling and free feeling in the world." More

    2011 AOPA National Assembly call for papers
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    The AOPA Assembly Planning committee has announced the "Call for Papers" for the 94th Annual AOPA National Assembly in Las Vegas on September 19-22. The call for papers requests that all interested presenters submit an abstract of their proposed scientific paper or description of their proposed business paper. More

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    Reminder: Red Flag Rules go into effect Jan. 1
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    As the new year approaches, AOPA wants to remind its members that the Red Flag Rules, issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are scheduled to be implemented effective Jan. 1. Red Flag Rules require businesses and organizations to create a written implementation plan to identify and respond to warning signs of identity theft in financial transactions. While your plan should already be complete and in place, it is not too late to create one in time for the Jan. 1, compliance date. The FTC has published a template that "low risk" business may use to create and implement a plan that will ensure compliance with the Red Flag Rules. More

    Take the November 2010 Business Conditions Survey today
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    The Business Conditions Survey for November 2010 is now available. This month's survey asks about year-to-year revenue comparisons as well as about changes in state Medicaid budgets. More
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    2011 DMEPOS fee schedule released
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    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2011 Medicare DMEPOS Fee Schedule. The 2011 DMEPOS Fee Schedule includes a 0.1 percent decrease in Medicare allowables from 2010 levels. Click here to download the entire 2011 DMEPOS Fee Schedule. More

    Professional golfer becomes golf coach for amputee veteran
    San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Golfer and teaching professional Jim Estes plays golf at a high professional level. He has competed in four U.S. Opens and one PGA championship, and has worked with some of the best instructors in the golf world, including Mike Adams and Jim Flick. But one of his proudest golf accomplishments was teaching a combat-wounded veteran and unilateral amputee, Sean Lewis, how to break a score of 100 in just three months. More

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    2011 Audio Conference schedule announced
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    Numerous offices have benefited from their participation in AOPA's Medicare Audio Conferences. These one hour sessions come to you in the comfort of your office on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. EST. This series provides an outstanding opportunity for you and your staff to stay abreast of the latest hot topics in O&P, as well as gain clarification and ask questions on topics that you may not understand as fully as you would like to. Seminars are still priced at just $99 per line for members ($199 for non-members). Buy the series and get two free; members pay just $990 and non-members pay $1990. If you purchase all the conferences, all conferences from months prior to your purchase of the set will be sent to you as CDs. More

    Jan. 12 Audio Conference: 'How to Meet the New Supplier Standards'
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    Don't miss the first AOPAversity Audio Conference of 2011 entitled "How to Meet the New Supplier Standards." Scheduled for Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. EST, the AOPAversity Audio Conference is a great opportunity to make sure you are fully up to date and prepared for the new year. More

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