CMS bundling, competitive bidding rule finalized
The CMS has issued the final rule on bundling and competitive bidding, which will phase in bid rates in areas without competitive bidding beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The payment will be 110% of the average single payment amount in areas with competitive bidding. Stakeholders are concerned about potential access issues, since rural providers are not required to accept assignment, and they say an OIG study of how bidding will affect rural areas needs to be completed before moving forward with the plan. HME News
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O&P establishment has mixed views on 3D-printed devices
Reaction to the proliferation of simple, 3D-printed prosthetic devices, often intended for children or for adults as back-up prostheses, is mixed among established O&P manufacturers and practitioners. Some foresee a time when such devices will be more mainstream, adhere to FDA standards and be fitted by professionals. Others consider the technology to be disruptive with such limitations as product liability and lack of classification by the FDA. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required)
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Whey-guar mix curbs glucose levels in diabetes patients
A small study in Nutrition Journal found consuming a low-calorie whey and guar drink before breakfast led to lower mean glucose levels in patients with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Researchers said the effect was similar to or greater than that of the diabetes drug sitagliptin. NutraIngredients
Childhood obesity often persists into adolescence
A study on the website of Pediatrics says 65% of obese fifth-graders continued to be obese as 10th-graders, while 83% of obese 10th-graders had been obese in fifth grade. Data also showed that overweight fifth-graders who had obese parents or watched more television faced greater odds of becoming obese. DailyRx.com
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The 2015 HCPCS codes have been released. Read about the changes today to make sure you are coding correctly. AOPA pledges Silver Level Sponsor for OPAF in 2015. AOPA National Assembly exhibit space is NOW AVAILABLE for 2015! Call for papers: Become a presenter at the Assembly. Off-the-shelf final rule released: CMS reverses fields. What does it mean for O&P? Attend tomorrow’s webinar: Gifts: Showing Appreciation Without Violating the Law. All this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News!
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