The Academy Public Policy Committee and Alliance Representatives have been working diligently on the proposed rule Section 427 of the Benefits Improvement and Protection Act (BIPA) to ensure that the needs of our Academy members and patients are met.
BIPA Section 427 states that “no payment” shall be made by the Medicare program to any practitioner or supplier of custom orthotics or prosthetics who is not qualified to provide this level of care. The proposed rule broadly interprets this statute, establishing a requirement that any practitioner or supplier that provides custom orthotics or prosthetics, including physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, prosthetists, orthotists, and others, must be licensed to provide orthotics and prosthetics if the state has O&P licensure. If not, the practitioner or supplier must be specifically trained and educated to provide and manage the provision of custom O&P care and be certified by either ABC, BOC or an accreditation organization approved by the HHS Secretary.
We now need YOU to take action. Please use this link to comment on proposed rule BIPA 427.
We have provided a template letter for you to use to submit your comments. We encourage you to use this template and urge you to modify and personalize the letter to reflect your thoughts.
Please submit comments by end of the day March 13, 2017.
The Academy appreciates your support of the profession.