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Federal judge dismisses AOPA lawsuit against CMS
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by AOPA that claimed the CMS improperly implemented rules to deny Medicare payments for prosthetic devices claims that do not include documentation from a prescribing physician. AOPA said it was disappointed in the ruling and is considering future action, including an appeal. Law360.com (subscription required) (8/5)
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Science and Technology
Researchers want to create prosthetic arm linked to brain memories
Researchers are developing a prosthetic arm that would move by accessing stored memories of movement in the brain. Research at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico seeks to have memory patterns act as instructions for a prosthetic arm to guide movement. CrazyEngineers (8/9)
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Medical News
Study links diabetes-related amputations to low-income neighborhoods
Diabetes patients in low-income neighborhoods in California were up to 10 times more likely to lose a leg, foot or toe when compared with those in more affluent areas, according to a University of California, Los Angeles, study published in Health Affairs. Researchers said race also was a factor in amputation rates. Health Data Management (8/11)
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Diabetic neuropathy pain improves with vegan diet
A small study of patients with type 2 diabetes and diabetic neuropathy revealed those who followed a vegan diet plus vitamin B12 supplementation exhibited better neuropathy symptom scores and quality of life than those on B12 supplements alone. The results were presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/8)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Medicare fraud bill includes DME documentation provision
A House subcommittee is accepting comments through Sept. 1 on draft legislation intended to fight fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare. The Protecting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2014 includes a provision that would expand the range of professionals who can document face-to-face encounters for durable medical equipment. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (8/12)
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    Read the comments AOPA is providing to the House Ways and Means subcommittee on several aspects of the draft bill.
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CMS delays launch of Sunshine Act reporting website
The CMS has announced it will postpone the scheduled Sept. 30 launch of the Open Payments system database of payments from pharmaceutical and device companies to doctors. The schedule -- including the chance for doctors to check their data for accuracy -- will be adjusted after the agency investigates and fixes problems with the database and its website. The Hill (8/7)
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Double hand transplant allows amputee to continue his love of music
Richard Mangino, a quadruple amputee who is the first successful double-hand transplant-patient at Brigham & Women's Hospital, is making strides in his quest to again enjoy music and is playing the piano again three years after his surgery. The 65-year-old Massachusetts man, who is still regaining sensation in his hands, has also been drawing and composing music and can even play football with his grandchildren. The Huffington Post (8/5)
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Mich. quadruple amputee aims to raise awareness of prosthetic options
Pam Buschle of Grand Rapids, Mich., lost her hands and feet to septic shock but is learning to use her new prosthetic limbs and is looking forward to regaining her independence. Buschle wants to raise awareness of the wide array of prostheses and medical options available to help people regain mobility. "I just want people to know that when they are going through something like an amputation ... that there really is hope at the end of it -- however dark it may seem in those moments," she said. "I'm a person who came through those darkest moments. And my life is filled with joy." MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (8/11)
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Breaking news from AOPA
Stay ahead of the curve with AOPA this week. Tomorrow is the AOPAversity AFO/KAFO Policy: Understanding the Rules webinar and Thursday is AOPA's FREE OTS Orthotic Regulations webinar -- sign up and find out what the CMS proposed rule could mean for you! Download AOPA's exclusive 2014 National Assembly app to optimize your schedule and meeting performance. District court grants motion to dismiss in AOPA v. U.S. Health & Human Services on audits, prosthetist's notes, and Dear Physician letter -- get the news and AOPA's statement. AOPA's coding experts are coming to St. Louis for the final Coding & Billing Seminar of 2014 -- register today! All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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Upcoming events
Aug. 13: AFO/KAFO Policy: Understanding the Rules, Webinar conference Learn more or register online.
Aug. 14: OTS Orthotics: What CMS's Proposed Rule Could Mean for You, Webinar conference  Learn more or register online.
Sept. 4-7:
AOPA 2014 National Assembly, Las Vegas, Nev. Learn more or register online.
Oct. 20-21: Mastering Medicare: Coding & Billing Seminar, St. Louis, Mo. Learn more or register online.
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