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.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Medicare Update

White House Announces Update on Medicare LCD Proposal

Your voices have been heard!! As a direct result of the over 100,000 signatures on the White House petition, the White House has informed us that the Medicare Contractors “will not finalize the draft Lower Limb Prostheses Local Coverage Determination (LCD) (DL33787) at this time.” The Amputee Coalition is extremely thankful to all of the individuals who took the time to get engaged and who spoke out against the recent proposal.
The White House also announced that CMS would establish a “Workgroup in 2016, comprised of clinicians, researchers, policy specialists and patient advocates from different federal agencies” to discuss future coverage policies for prosthetic limbs and amputee care. The Amputee Coalition will work hard to ensure the consumer voice is considered by this Workgroup. In addition, the Amputee Coalition is committed to working with amputees, prosthetists, physicians, and other rehabilitation professionals to bring together the external stakeholder perspective on this issue.
This is a win for the limb loss community, and this shows how strong our voice can be when everyone comes together!
But there is still more work to be done.
While this announcement today does not officially rescind the proposal, it is still a significant result. We are pleased with this decision today, however we also recognize that the issue is not going away and that Medicare is planning on convening a Workgroup to redraft a different proposal on lower limb prosthetic coverage.  We had recommended the Workgroup would include those from outside of the government, representing consumers and professionals who care for persons with limb loss on an everyday basis.  Given the fact that it is an internal government Workgroup, we must work hard to make certain that the needs of persons with limb loss are properly considered, and that the recommendations made by the Workgroup are appropriate and well informed.  The Amputee Coalition is looking forward to working with Medicare (CMS) and other stakeholders to improve appropriate access to amputee care and to work to ensure patients receive the most appropriate device at the most appropriate time.
Please know that without your assistance and determination to let CMS know that the LCD was bad policy for amputees, we wouldn’t have been able to celebrate this successful outcome. We will continue to keep you notified of updates on this issue as they occur, so be sure to check back to the Amputee Coalition Web site frequently.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Portland Bound

Join the Amputee Coalition next Saturday, October 24 in Portland OR for our Limb Loss Education Day (LLED.) We are planning a day full of education, friendship and fun activities. The Amputee Coalition is committed to providing resources, information and experiences to the limb loss community. The Portland OR LLED is another way that we are working for the community. 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Prosthetist Finder

Finding a prosthetist that meets your needs can be overwhelming. The Amputee Coalition has recently partnered with OP Solutions to create a resource to help make this search easier. Our Prosthetist Finder tool is now available to help the limb loss community connect with the practitioner that best meets their needs.

The Amputee Coalition's Prosthetist Finder allows the user to filter practitioners by geographical location as well as other personal preferences.  Allowing the user to rate the importance of various filters, ranging from certifications and experience, to extended office hours and the ability to make house calls, our tool helps to personalize the search for prosthetic care.  We are proud to unveil this valuable tool for the limb loss community. 

It is important to note that the Amputee Coalition does not endorse specific providers. The Prosthetist Finder has been developed to facilitate the connection between the consumer and practitioners who best meet their needs.  More information about finding a prosthetist can be found on our website.

The Amputee Coalition is dedicated to providing relevant services and tools, such as the Prosthetist Finder, to help the limb loss community. We are proud to be the leading resource for the amputee community, and are committed to providing information and support so that no amputee feels alone. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us continue to develop valuable resources and outreach opportunities

Friday, October 2, 2015

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This month long celebration is an opportunity to recognize the contributions made in the workforce by individuals living with disabilities. This year's theme, "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am" honors the diverse talents of employees with disabilities. The Amputee Coalition is proud to support this movement.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only one-third of working-age people with disabilities were employed between 2010-2012. Compared to the over two-thirds of people without disabilities who were employed during the same time period, the community has a way to go before the playing field is leveled. Individuals living with limb loss work in every job capacity in this country. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity to showcase the skills and talents of those living with limb loss.
Throughout the month of October, the Amputee Coalition is encouraging the community to post photos through social media showcasing their abilities. Using the #NDEAM hashtag, let's flood social media with photos of individuals with limb loss working and volunteering in the community.  In an effort to create a cohesive message, we encourage those participating to post their photos with the following caption: I am a [insert job title], my disability is only one part of who I am #NDEAM. Please tag the Amputee Coalition (@AmputeeUSA on Twitter and @AmputeeCoalition on Instagram) so that we can share the vast talents and abilities of the limb loss community. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Available Resources

Every day 500 individuals undergo an amputation in the US. Losing a limb can be an isolating and terrifying experience, but the Amputee Coalition is committed to making sure that nobody goes through the journey alone.  Since being founded in 1986, the Amputee Coalition has become the leading non-profit dedicated to assisting the limb loss community through peer support, education and advocacy. Through the programs provided by the Amputee Coalition, information and support is available for anyone impacted by limb loss.

The Amputee Coalition has trained over 1,000 individuals to become Certified Peer Visitors. Our vetted volunteers serve as mentors for those adjusting to limb loss.  A peer visit can be requested through our website or by calling our office at 888-267-5669.  If you are interested in becoming a CPV for the Amputee Coalition, information can be found here

In addition to benefiting from a certified peer visit, the Amputee Coalition offers a variety of resources to answer questions about limb loss.  Our 2014 edition of First Step is a practical guide for adjusting to and for living well with limb loss.  We recently released our Insurance Coverage & Reimbursement guide, a step-by-step resource for navigating insurance.  Copies of First Step and the Insurance Coverage & Reimbursement guide may be requested by calling the Limb Loss Resource Center or through the Marketplace on our website. 

The Amputee Coalition has updated the new patient information kit. Our informative packet is a compilation of printed materials and information to help patients adjust. This kit has proven to be a valuable resource to help educate and empower patients who are dealing with limb loss. The Your New Journey packet is designed for individuals facing amputation, those already living with limb loss, or parents who have given birth to a child with a limb difference.  Ordering information can be found here.

The Amputee Coalition is proud to be the leading clearinghouse for information pertaining to limb loss.  Our dedicated staff and passionate volunteers are committed to making sure that nobody feels alone when adjusting to limb loss.