The HHS Office of Inspector General signaled that it will pay closer attention to investigating certain off-the-shelf orthotic devices. The three orthoses, identified by Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes L0648, L0650 and L1833, accounted for a 97% increase in payments from 2014 to 2016, according to the OIG.
5280 Releases Internal Side Mount TF Vacuum The ZeroPuck™ is a new trans-femoral vacuum system that can be integrated directly into the flexible inner socket, allowing clinicians to fabricate the socket in there own facilities. 5280's ZeroPuck is available in two versions: On Demand and Smart functionality (Android/Apple APPs). Learn more.
A new technology, the MolecuLight i:X, is designed to help clinicians treat such wounds as diabetic ulcers more effectively. Recently launched in Europe, the device uses fluorescence to detect harmful bacteria and visualize the wound.
Patients with type 2 diabetes living in communities with the most exercise opportunities and in areas with the best food availability had an up to 0.19% and a 0.10% greater improvement in their A1C levels, respectively, compared with those in places with the fewest physical activity resources and in communities that do not offer healthy food options, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers evaluated 15,308 patients with poorly controlled diabetes at baseline with an average age of 58 and found that socioeconomic deprivation and chronic stress also negatively affect blood glucose control among diabetes patients.
Facility standards for Medicare and accreditation that are most often missed or misunderstood include patient chart documentation, privileging and performance management review. Jim Lawson, outreach development manager at the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, reviews each category and suggests steps to achieving compliance.
House Republicans have unveiled a short-term spending bill that would keep the federal government open through Feb. 16, extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, suspend the health insurance tax for one year, and delay the taxes on medical device and high-cost health plans for two years. A spending measure must be passed by week's end to avoid a government shutdown.
A group called Achieve Tahoe organizes skiing instruction for veterans with disabilities, including amputees. "If you can do this and you suffer with chronic pain or you're missing a leg or whatever, it makes you move forward in life with a better determination," said participant Chris Farris.
Efficient business practices can help O&P facilities succeed in the face of reimbursement challenges, according to Joseph McTernan, director of reimbursement services at AOPA. Management of accounts receivable, reviews of contracts, policies and procedures, and establishing goals can all help businesses improve the bottom line, he writes.
Growth spurts can disrupt an organization's culture, making it crucial that leadership continue to be actively involved with staff on a daily basis, says Munjal Shah, CEO of Health IQ. He recommends holding office hours for mentoring and providing daily opportunities for people to share accomplishments.