Thursday, February 18, 2016

Competitive Bidding in the Presidential Budget



The Amputee Coalition is monitoring a proposal that was put forth in the President’s budget that calls for all Orthotics and Prosthetics to be included in the competitive bidding program under HHS.  The proposal is expected to save $38 billion over ten years.  Under current law, competitive bidding for anything more than off-the-shelf orthotics is currently illegal, so Congress would have to pass a law authorizing CMS to expand it to all O&P products. 

This proposal is bad news for the O&P industry but it is important to realize that while the proposal is in the President’s budget, it  is considered highly unlikely that this budget will move forward once it gets to Congress. 

This is the last year of the current President’s budget.  The budget contains a number of policy proposals that the President or administration staff wish to float to gather reaction from members of Congress. This calendar year, there is no chance this proposal will become law absent gigantic developments in Congress, which are not expected especially given the looming election.  The overall budget was labeled “Dead on Arrival” before it was even introduced.  Republicans in Congress, who head both chambers, have shown no interest in the President’s overall budget, let alone this specific proposal.

The Amputee Coalition will continue to monitor this proposal and will be speaking with members of Congress and CMS to voice our concerns and ensure these devices don't get lumped into the competitive bidding program.  Keep checking for updates that we will post to our Web site and on Facebook to keep consumers apprised of the situation.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Scholarship Opportunities



 
The Amputee Coalition is delighted to announce the academic scholarship opportunities for high school seniors and those currently enrolled in a College or University program and who continue to be enrolled for 2016-2017.

The Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarship is a $1000 academic scholarship for one full-time undergraduate student who is enrolled in a College or University program during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Dr. Skoski was a full-time anesthesiologist who refused to let her Hemipelvectomy, the result of cancer as a child, define her. This scholarship was established in her name to continue her legacy.  More information about applying for the Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarship can be found on our website.  The deadline for applying is June 6th.
 
The Scott Decker, M.D. Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of Dr. Decker, an orthopedic surgeon who resided in and practiced in Maryland. Although he served all patient populations, the bulk of his work focused on the pediatric population. He dedicated his professional life to providing orthopedic care to children in the Maryland and Washington DC area. 

After his passing in 1989, his family and friends established this memorial scholarship with the goal of continuing his legacy of service to orthopedically challenged youth. The deadline for applying is April 6th, so don't delay! The recipient of this honor will receive $1000 towards their tuition expenses for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

The Amputee Coalition is honored to oversee the Scott Decker, M.D. and the Christina Skoski, M.D. Scholarships.  These scholarships are a wonderful opportunity for those with limb loss who are enrolled in a higher education program during 2016-2017, and we encourage all individuals who meet the eligibility requirements to apply. Please feel free to call into our Limb Loss Resource Center should you have any questions about either of these scholarships.  We can be reached at 1-888-267-5669 FREE.

Monday, February 1, 2016

LLED Schedule

The Amputee Coalition is delighted to announce the locations and dates for our 2016 Limb Loss Education Days (LLEDs). LLEDs provide an opportunity for the limb loss community to gather locally to enjoy a day of pertinent education, exhibitors and to try a new sport or physical activity.  These low-cost events bring the limb loss community together with regional specialists and local resources.

“LLEDs are special events that allow the limb loss community, and those who support it, to gather together in one place from across a region,” says Sue Stout,president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “No other local gathering is as powerful and as important in educating, connecting people with local resources, and promoting healthy and fun recreation.”

This year the Amputee Coalition, in conjunction with local support groups, will be traveling to Houston TX, Memphis TN, and Sacramento CA. Registration is only $15, with children 10 years and under free (registration for children 10 years and under will be done at the event). More information, as well as the registration for our Houston TX event, is now available on our website.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Calling All Artists!

Are you an established or budding artist? Are you interested in displaying your masterpieces in a public venue? The Amputee Coalition has created an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents while helping a worthy organization.

Selected artwork will be showcased at the Amputee Coalition National Conference in Greensboro, NC for public exhibition. At the conclusion of the conference all pieces will be sold at a silent auction with the proceeds benefiting the Amputee Coalition. All donated art pieces can be considered a tax deductible donation.

We are accepting professional caliber submissions for this unique fundraising event. While various art mediums are being sought for this opportunity, we are not accepting crafts. Work must be ready to display no later than May 6th to participate.  Information about submitting your talents to benefit the Amputee Coalition can be found here. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2016 National Conference

 

The Amputee Coalition is delighted to announce that registration and information for our 2016 National Conference is now available. This year the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC, will host the event. Informative sessions, clinics, exhibitors, networking opportunities and friendships abound as the community converges at National Conference from June 9-11.

Our exhibit hall will be packed with manufacturers, companies, and organizations with representatives ready to share information and services for the limb loss community.  The latest innovations in prosthetic and adapted technologies will be on display so attendees will be able to talk with manufacturers and to see the technology in action. 

This year, 30th Anniversary Dinner Dance Party tickets are available for purchase separately from your Conference registration. Dinner-Dance Party tickets are only $40 for each adult and $30 for each child 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the same time as online conference registration. For those unsure about attending the Dinner-Dance Party,  tickets will also be available for purchase on-site.

 We are delighted to again be offering the opportunity to apply for the Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Scholarship. This scholarship helps defray the costs of attending the conference to those who qualify. The scholarship is designed to help individuals who have experienced the loss of a limb within the past three years.  The Bridge to Ability Scholarship provides full conference registration fees. In addition, the scholarship covers lodging expenses and reimbursement for a portion of travel expenses. More information about this scholarship can be found here.

No other event for the limb loss community is as highly anticipated as the AmputeeCoalition’s National Conference. The information gathered and the friendships formed can be life changing for attendees, and we are proud to host this opportunity for the community.  Register today!



Friday, November 20, 2015

Season of Giving

During this season of giving, there are several easy ways to support the mission of the Amputee Coalition. Tax deductible donations are always accepted on our website.  Donations made to the Amputee Coalition in honor of a friend or family member can be a wonderful gift.  In addition to the knowledge that the gift donation will be utilized to help the community through our programming and services, the giver will reap the benefits of avoiding the lines, frustrations and traffic often associated with finding the perfect gift. 

The Amputee Coalition welcomes individuals who want to fundraise on behalf of the organization.  From bake sales to community walks, the staff of the Amputee Coalition are available to help organize a successful event. Please contact us if you would like to host a benefit event. 

Shopping through Amazon Smile is an easy way to support the Amputee Coalition.  Visit http://smile.amazon.com/ to get started. After designating the Amputee Coalition as the preferred charity, a portion of each sale will be donated to the organization. Rest assured that the cost of the products does not differ when shopping through the Smile program.

From our families to yours, the Amputee Coalition staff would like to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Webinar on Preventing Secondary Limb Loss

Webinar on Preventing Secondary Limb Loss presented by Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, DPM, Director of Podiatric Services at the Veterans Administration, Sponsored by Organogenesis

 In addition to providing a wealth of resources, information and services, the Amputee Coalition is committed to preventing further limb loss. In some situations secondary limb loss, especially among those individuals with circulatory issues, can be prevented or delayed with appropriate treatment and early detection.

Please join us on November 23 at 1:30 pm EST as we host an important Webinar to learn about what increases the risk for limb loss for individuals with circulatory issues, including diabetes. During the Webinar our expert panel will relay how to recognize a problem that is emerging. When to contact your doctor, what a patient should be doing on a regular basis to prevent limb loss (necessary foot care, checking feet, checking residual limb for sores etc.), and a discussion about VA’s system of care for limb loss prevention and what a person at risk for limb loss can expect from the VA system will all be addressed.

This presentation will last approximately 40 minutes, with a 20-minute Q&A session following the presentation.

If you are not able to attend the Webinar on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 1:30pm EST, it will be posted on our Web site after the conclusion.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the Webinar.
We hope that you will join us to discuss this important topic.