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BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces RAC Changes
First and foremost, CMS has issued a “pause” in further RAC audits until new RAC contracts are issued

Medicare Audits and Appeals Update
Pressure is growing in Congress and within the Department of HHS to reform the Medicare audit and appeals procedures to reign-in overzealous Medicare contractors such as Recovery Auditors.

Big Changes in “Off-the-Shelf” Orthotics
CMS releases its final 2014 decisions with respect to HCPCS coding, the coding system that Medicare and other payers use for O&P reimbursement. Unfortunately, CMS finalized a policy it proposed earlier this year related to “off-the shelf” orthotics that NAAOP and the O&P Alliance organizations strongly opposed.

U.S. House Reintroduces Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights
On Wednesday, October 30, the U.S. House of Representatives reintroduced legislation addressing persistent deficiencies in the prosthetic and orthotic care that veterans receive across the country. Known as the “Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights,” this new legislation—H.R. 3408 in the 113th Congress—is virtually identical to the bill passed by the House in December 2010.

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“NAAOP’s primary focus is the federal government and the policy making agenda in our nation’s capital, however there is a confluence of issues that are federal and state in nature and we must go forward making sure that no federal policy has negative influences on the state.”
Peter W. Thomas, General Counsel, NAAOP

“Our members are O&P professionals who care enough about their patient's well being to commit beyond their daily efforts in professional O&P patient care to become involved in promoting public policy that is in the interest of their patients.”
Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP, President, NAAOP

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George W. Breece, Executive Director, NAAOP