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Posted by Karen Edwards | August 12, 2015

Dear OWLI members,

If ever there was a time that our industry needed leaders, it's NOW! With the dramatic pending changes to the Medicare LCD, we can all step up in our practices, in our state and in our nation to lead the battle to rescind the proposed changes. Here are ten ways you can take charge:

  1. Sign the "We the People" petition to the White House to rescind the proposed changes. Share this on your company's social media page as well as your own.  Ask every patient who walks through your door to sign it while they are there and have your front desk go through it with patients when they check in for appointments. Share the link on your company newsletter and website. Pass out flyers with the link that they can share with their friends and family and on their social media sites. Also educate your doctors and PT's and rally them to sign the petition and share with their patients.

  2. The MACs are taking comments on the draft LCD until August 31st. Submit your comments electronically at the email address below and ask your well-versed patients to also comment to:

    Stacey V. Brennan, M.D., FAAFP

    Medical Director, DME MAC, Jurisdiction B

  3. Your elected officials also need to be aware of the impact this LCD change may have on your patient's healthcare and your business. Make sure they understand how this proposed change affects you personally. Reach out to them via email or phone. Search for your representatives here.

  4. AOPA has created a site for prosthetic users to access and submit a form letter to their representatives. You can provide your information and submit the letters at this site: AOPA Votes. Share this with all of your patients, post it in your clinic's newsletter and on your official website.

  5. Rally patients at your local amputee support groups. Make a video to post online and reference the hashtag #NotaLuxury.

  6. The Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman office offers support to beneficiaries with complaints and concerns. This office shares information with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Congress, and other organizations about what works well and what doesn't work well to improve the quality of the services and care you get through Medicare. Have your patients contact the Medicare Ombudsman office to share their concerns about the proposed changes in the coverage policy for lower limb prostheses. To contact the Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman: call 1-800-MEDICARE.

  7. Contact your local media. Write letters to the editor, call your local newspapers and TV news stations. Make noise about this issue and be available to talk to them about what these changes will mean to patients. Ask patients to also contact them and to write letters to the editor. Patients' voices will speak the loudest!  Email to request a copy of a letter you can send to the media.

  8. Sign up to attend the DME MAC's Public Meeting in Linthicum, MD on August 26 from 8am-12pm. OWLI will have a group there and we encourage you and your peers and patients to join us. Organize a group of your practitioners and patients to go together. Each person attending must register ahead of time and indicate if they want to speak or just attend. Encourage your patients to speak and tell their stories and voice their concerns. Register to attend by August 21 here. If you want to join OWLI at the meeting, just email us at to let us know and we will let you know where and when to meet us.

  9. The same day as the Public Meeting, AOPA is organizing a protest at the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Plan to have your practice and patient group attend the protest as well. OWLI will be attending this, so please join us.

  10. Register for Ossur R&R (Regulatory and Reimbursement) and receive email updates on everything that is happening in reimbursement as soon as it is available. Sign up at //

We MUST act to save this industry and to advocate for our patient's right to a suitable prosthesis! We encourage all our OWLI members to lead the call to action in your practice, your community, and your profession! If you have any more ideas, please share them on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Thanks, as always, for your leadership and your support!


Karen Edwards

Director, Ossur Women's Leadership Initiative