August 2015

NAAOP moves to block Medicare policy that ‘would return amputees to 70s care’

The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP) in August created a petition calling for the White House to rescind Medi­care’s recently published draft policy for Local Coverage Determination for Lower Limb Prosthetics.

NAAOP reported that, if implemented, the policy would install new barriers that would limit and potentially deny access to appropriate prosthetic care. The policy eliminates coverage for certain prosthetic devices and precludes amputees from reimbursement for a prosthesis if they fail to meet the subjective standard of “the appearance of natural gait” while using the prosthesis.

The draft policy was released on July 16 by the four Dur­able Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) and, once official, will govern Medicare coverage of lower limb prostheses.

At LER’s press time in mid-August the petition was within 24,000 signatures of reaching its needed August 30 goal of 100,000 petitioners. To sign, go to

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