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Senators Introduce Bill to Enhance Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Care

Mar 22, 2024 |

United States CapitolSenators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) have put forward a significant bill known as the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered Care Act. This legislation aims to address various issues within Medicare, including banning “drop shipping” of customized orthoses and prostheses to Medicare beneficiaries. The bill has garnered support, with 35 co-sponsors already on board. HME News reported on the legislation initiative

Eve Lee, the executive director of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), expressed gratitude for the senators’ efforts and emphasized the importance of the legislation. The bill aims to streamline orthotic care for Medicare beneficiaries, allowing them to access comprehensive care from a single O&P practitioner. Additionally, it ensures access to replacement custom-fitted and custom-fabricated orthoses when necessary due to changes in the patient’s condition.

Mitchell Dobson, president of AOPA, highlighted the significance of the bill in combating fraudulent practices and ensuring quality care for individuals with limb loss or difference. The support for this legislation reflects a commitment to improving patient outcomes and addressing systemic challenges within Medicare.

AOPA plans to advocate for the bill further during its 2024 Policy Forum in Washington, where they will engage with lawmakers to garner additional support. The introduction of this bill marks a significant step towards enhancing patient-centered care and addressing issues within the orthotics and prosthetics profession.