The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) recently announced the introduction of S 2125. Authored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and cosponsored by Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Snowe (R-ME), The Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Improvement Act represents a large step forward for accredited orthotics and prosthetics professionals across the country.
The bill, which was also introduced last year in the House of Representatives, was introduced on February 17th and referred to the Senate Finance Committee. S. 2125, which studies have shown could save up to $250 million over five years if implemented by CMS, would reduce fraud and abuse within the system by:
Amending the Social Security Act to modify the designation of accreditation organizations for orthotics and prosthetics, to apply accreditation and licensure requirements to suppliers of such devices and items for purposes of payment under the Medicare program, and to modify the payment rules for such devices and items under such program to account for practitioner qualifications and complexity of care.
OPGA Government Relations urges our members to contact their Senators and ask them to support S 2125, the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Improvement Act. Contact OPGA for help contacting your federal representatives, or click the link below.