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CMS Includes OTS Back and Knee Orthotics in 2021 Round Competitive Bidding

Friday, March 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
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Baltimore, MD - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released notice of competitive bidding for 2021 for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). Included in the list of competitive bid product categories are back and knee braces identified as "off-the-shelf". Codes likely to be included in these new product categories include:

Off-the-Shelf Back Braces  L0450, L0455, L0457, L0467, L0469, L0621, L0623, L0625, L0628, L0641, L0642, L0643, L0648, L0649, L0650, L0651
Off-the-Shelf Knee Braces  L1812, L1830, L1833, L1836, L1848, L1850, L1851, L1852


AAOE is part of a group of stakeholders fighting this change and provided comments on CMS' proposal in November and December 2018. AAOE will continue to engage with CMS and members of Congress on this issue. 

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