Proposed Changes To Medicare That Would Negatively Affect Amputees Across America.

Recently a proposed draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD): Lower Limb Prostheses (DL33787) was introduced by Medicare that if passed, would drastically change the way patients qualify for prosthetic devices, what types of devices and components would be available to patients, and would fundamentally change the rehabilitation process. New amputees would have to rehab on out of date technology. Outraged, the public responded by circulating a “We The People” petition that secured 108,524 of a needed 100,000 signatures. The White House is now required to review the petition and ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts and issue an official response. On August 26, 2015 a joint Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME-MAC) public meeting was held in Baltimore MD to discuss 4 different policy issues, one of which was the Local Coverage Determinator (LCD) for lower limb prostheses. A rally in Washington DC was scheduled immediatley following the meeting. I was present at both. The following video is an account of the happenings on 8/26/2015.

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