OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
November 5, 2015
M. Jason Highsmith,
PT, DPT, PhD, CP, FAAOPPresident
Dear Members of the Academy,
The Academy is gratified that the White House and CMS have responded to the widespread outcry from the profession and the patients we serve with a measure that will, at least temporarily, ensure the continuation of quality patient care for Medicare patients in need of a lower limb prostheses.
In the statement issued on Monday, the White House announced that CMS would establish a “Workgroup in 2016, comprised of clinicians, researchers, policy specialists and patient advocates from different federal agencies” to discuss future coverage policies for prosthetic limbs and amputee care.
As expressed in a joint statement issued yesterday, the Academy eagerly awaits more detail on how CMS will engage stakeholders and subject matter experts in the development of any revised policies on this topic or others. The Academy and our members are ready, willing, and able to lend advice and expertise in the process of policy revision.
We remain hopeful that the LCD may be rescinded altogether in anticipation of a revised policy and urge CMS to immediately remove the draft LCD from its website so that it does not continue to influence private payor policies on lower limb prostheses. Stay alert for updates from your Academy as we continue our efforts to improve care for the patients we serve.
M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, PhD, CP, FAAOP
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists