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$42 Billion Saved in Medicare and Medicaid Primarily Through�Prevention
$42 Billion Saved in Medicare and Medicaid Primarily Through�Prevention
Today, CMS released a report showing that investments made in program integrity activities � which include stamping out fraud and deterring and reducing other improper payments � pay off for taxpayers and beneficiaries.� From October 1, 2012 through Se...
Revised Limitations on the Scope of Review for Redeterminations & Reconsiderations
Revised Limitations on the Scope of Review for Redeterminations & Reconsiderations
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently issued a revised directive to its contractors handling appeals that are a result of a �complex prepayment reviews, complex postpayment reviews or automated post payment reviews�.
Calgary study examines early benefits of exoskeletons for spinal cord injuries
Calgary study examines early benefits of exoskeletons for spinal cord injuries
Everything changed for Alex Hadi on the evening of his 15th birthday.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics Releases CPI-U Update
Bureau of Labor and Statistics Releases CPI-U Update
On July 15, 2016, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) released its latest update on the Consumer Pricing Index for Urban Areas (CPI-U).� From June 2015 through June 2016 the CPI-U increased by 1.0%.� This figure is relevant to O&P providers becaus...
Poor Hydration May Contribute to Obesity, Study Suggests
Poor Hydration May Contribute to Obesity, Study Suggests
Researchers have found a significant association between inadequate hydration and both elevated body mass index (BMI) and obesity, even after controlling for confounders, according to findings published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family ...
ONC to Congress: Protect patient health data that falls outside HIPAA
ONC to Congress: Protect patient health data that falls outside HIPAA
The ONC issued a report to Congress today laying out the gaps that exist in health data protection. The report opines at length about non-covered entities (NCEs), the large swath of consumer-facing companies that aren�t subject to HIPAA.
Congress Being Urged by Some in �Big Medicine� and CMS, to Downgrade or Eliminate Stark Laws/Rule...
Congress Being Urged by Some in �Big Medicine� and CMS, to Downgrade or Eliminate Stark Laws/Rule...
Earlier this year, Medicare implemented a new policy on Comprehensive Care of Joint Replacement. �While positioned as a pilot test, all hospitals were forced to be involved. �
Double amputee former Marine Chris Van Etten models in Jockey underwear campaign
Double amputee former Marine Chris Van Etten models in Jockey underwear campaign
Chris Van Etten has a pretty impressive resume: veteran, lacrosse player, skier and marathoner. And now, as one of the faces of Jockey's new "Show 'Em What's Underneath" campaign, the former Marine can now add "underwear model" to that list.
Opioid medication shown to be effective on painful diabetic neuropathy
Opioid medication shown to be effective on painful diabetic neuropathy
A type of opioid medication can ease the effects of pain as a result of diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), a study has found.
Next-generation prosthetics aim to rewire the brain and the body
Next-generation prosthetics aim to rewire the brain and the body
Charlatans have long claimed to move objects by using their minds. Michael McLoughlin is helping turn the trick into a reality.
CMS Releases 2017 Enrollment Manual For Individual And Small Business Marketplaces
CMS Releases 2017 Enrollment Manual For Individual And Small Business Marketplaces
On July 19, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and Federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (FF-SHOP) Enrollment Manual for the fourth (2017) marketplace open enr...
Advances in 3D Printing Prosthetics Will Change Lives
Advances in 3D Printing Prosthetics Will Change Lives
3D printing prosthetics is changing the way those born with missing limbs or who have lost them due to accident, illness or war live their lives. The technology is in use today and brings life improving benefits to some of those least able to access tr...
Healthy Fats Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Study
Healthy Fats Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Study
Eating more healthy fats, like nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, while limiting animal fats and refined carbohydrates, can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.
The FDA and 3-D Printing: What Potential Regulatory Action Means for O&P
The FDA and 3-D Printing: What Potential Regulatory Action Means for O&P
On May 10, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a document entitled, Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Devices: Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.�
Undaunted, woman returning to Salty Dog Triathlon after paralyzing injury
Undaunted, woman returning to Salty Dog Triathlon after paralyzing injury
Liz Edwards remembers vividly the force of the pickup striking her from behind as she cycled along a county road two years ago.
A Prosthetic Leg for Bobsled Athletes
A Prosthetic Leg for Bobsled Athletes
Watching the bobsled teams in the Olympics is probably one of my favorite things since I was young. The first part of the race you see the men using everything they have to push the cart as hard and as fast as they can to get the momentum going. If you...
Why flexibility is no reason to accept lower pay
Why flexibility is no reason to accept lower pay
So you need a little flexibility. That doesn't mean you deserve less pay. Here's why.
DME MACs Release New Coding Guidelines for O&P Suppliers
DME MACs Release New Coding Guidelines for O&P Suppliers
The four Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MAC), recently released a joint correct coding bulletin reminding DMEPOS suppliers that it is each supplier�s responsibility to select the proper HCPCS codes for billing.
American Girl viral video leads girl to Long Island for new prosthetic leg
American Girl viral video leads girl to Long Island for new prosthetic leg
The Texas girl in a video that went viral after she cried with joy upon receiving an American Girl doll with a prosthetic leg was on Long Island recently to get a new prosthetic leg of her own, courtesy of the same Hicksville company that fulfilled her...
New Exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute Explores the Relationship Between Visual Art and Pros...
New Exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute Explores the Relationship Between Visual Art and Pros...
It�s an age-old practice: throughout history human beings have sought to extend and enhance their bodies. From today, a major exhibition in Leed�s�Henry Moore Institute will�explore the relationship between visual art�and prosthetics.
Medicare Participation and Competitive Bidding: How Your Status Affects Your Reimbursement
Medicare Participation and Competitive Bidding: How Your Status Affects Your Reimbursement
In January of 2016, new authority granted to CMS to build on DME competitive bidding to set pricing more broadly and nationally took effect. This authority allows CMS to use pricing established as a result of competitive bidding programs for specific D...
Aloe vera shows significant glucose lowering properties in meta-analysis
Aloe vera shows significant glucose lowering properties in meta-analysis
A meta-analysis suggests that aloe vera may have significant glucose-lowering properties.
Health problems have worsened for obese in U.S.
Health problems have worsened for obese in U.S.
Obese adults in the U.S. have worse heart health and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes today than in the late 1980s, a new study suggests.
Should Your Small Business Offer Health Insurance?
Should Your Small Business Offer Health Insurance?
For a small business, helping employees sign up for Obamacare often is the best idea for them.
Politicians Propose More Transparent Medicare Local Coverage Determination Process
Politicians Propose More Transparent Medicare Local Coverage Determination Process
Legislators have introduced a proposal that would impact the local coverage determination process at Medicare and make the work of Medicare Administrative Contractors more transparent.
Social media/mobile intervention yields short-term weight loss in young adults
Social media/mobile intervention yields short-term weight loss in young adults
Young adults with overweight and obesity randomly assigned to a technology-based weight-loss intervention saw short-term reductions in body weight, but did not lose more weight at 2 years than those assigned to a control program, according to recent fi...
Robotic fingers fitted on amputee in national first video
Robotic fingers fitted on amputee in national first video
When Chris Jones'�fingers were torn off by wire in a West Coast�fishing accident, he faced a gruelling, two-hour ride back to shore and an abrupt end to a family legacy.
Man doing well after UK's first double hand transplant
Man doing well after UK's first double hand transplant
The lead surgeon in the UK's first double hand transplant says he believes the patient will regain good movement and feeling in his hands.
AOPA Announces Thomas Watson, CP as 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
AOPA Announces Thomas Watson, CP as 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) will honor Thomas Watson, CP with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly in Boston, MA. �This award is bestowed on individuals who have made exceptional contributions to t...
Georgia Tech outfits its humanoid walking robot with some fancy new kicks
Georgia Tech outfits its humanoid walking robot with some fancy new kicks
Human locomotion has traditionally been a tough nut for roboticists to crack, but the team at Georgia Institute of Technology looks to be doing so in stride with the DURUS, a humanoid (or, rather, three-quarters of�a humanoid) �bot that has taken to th...
RAC Audits Placed on Hiatus Again
RAC Audits Placed on Hiatus Again
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have notified the four existing RAC contractors that as a result of the upcoming award of new RAC contracts, current RAC audit activity will be placed on hiatus to allow the RACs to complete their open aud...
The incredible technology that�s helping this paralyzed woman hike the Appalachian Trail
The incredible technology that�s helping this paralyzed woman hike the Appalachian Trail
Most people would have given up years ago. Stacey Kozel is not most people.
Senate Appropriations Committee Report Incorporates Recommendations to CMS on Draft LCD
Senate Appropriations Committee Report Incorporates Recommendations to CMS on Draft LCD
As a result of the series of meetings during the Policy Forum involving Senator Kerrey and top members of the Senate and the Finance Committee, and particularly through AOPA Past President Tom Watson�s intercession with Senate Majority Leader McConnell...
Boston Marathon bombing survivor climbs mountain in Ecuador
Boston Marathon bombing survivor climbs mountain in Ecuador
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet can check mountaineering off her bucket list.
U.S. Teen Diabetes Rate Exceeds Prior Estimates
U.S. Teen Diabetes Rate Exceeds Prior Estimates
More American teens have diabetes or prediabetes than previously thought, and many don't know they have the blood-sugar disease, a new study finds.
Uncle Sam Wants You ... Slimmer
Uncle Sam Wants You ... Slimmer
Military personnel are expected to meet strict weight and body fat standards. But one in five U.S. military service members is obese, new research shows.