O&P care is cost effective—it is a saver, not a coster to insurers.
A major new study commissioned by the Amputee Coalition and conducted by Dr. Allen Dobson, health economist and former director of the Office of Research at CMS shows that the Medicare program pays more over the long-term in most cases when Medicare patients are not provided with replacement lower limbs, spinal orthotics, and hip/knee/ankle orthotics.
Patients who received orthotic or prosthetic services have lower or comparable Medicare costs than patients who need, but do not receive, these services.
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