As you likely know by now, the DME MACs recently published a draft Local
Coverage Determination for Lower Limb Prosthetics (LCD) that would
profoundly affect amputees' access to care and restrict how and what
prosthetists can do for their patients. NAAOP is working on many fronts,
both individually and in conjunction with the O&P Alliance to
comprehensively respond to this proposal. The purpose of this letter is to
alert you to a unique effort that NAAOP is spearheading to draw national
attention to the draft LCD issue.
The White House has a "We the People" petition process. If a petition
garners 100,000 signatures in 30 days, White House staff will review it,
send it to appropriate policy experts and issue an official response. The
petition NAAOP has created reads as follows:
. We petition the Obama Administration to rescind the Medicare proposal
restricting access to prosthetic limbs and returning amputees to 1970's
standards of care.
This is a simple and fast way to raise public awareness about the Draft LCD.
If we can reach 100,000 signatures, we will force the White House to weigh
in on this vitally important issue. Reaching this goal will not be easy. We
have reached out to the other members of the O&P Alliance and the Amputee
Coalition. All have agreed to support this effort and promote awareness of
the "We the People" petition. Whether or not we reach 100,000 signatures,
this petition will help the O&P community show widespread opposition to this
Please make sure that you, your friends, your families, and especially, your
patients, know about his petition and take 5 minutes out of their day to
electronically sign this petition, which can be accessed at
As always, NAAOP thanks you for your support. Now, more than ever, we need
all NAAOP members to make their voices heard.
If you want more information about the draft LCD, Peter Thomas and I will be
co-presenting a webinar Wednesday, August 5th at noon ET. We strongly
encourage you to attend. You can register for this webinar at