American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association

Through advocacy, research, and education, AOPA improves patient access to quality orthotic and prosthetic care.

National Limb Loss Registry

Dr. Kenton Kaufman with the departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic, a veteran investigator of limb amputation and prostheses, and a Medical Advisory Board member of AOPA's Prosthetics 2020 discusses the National Limb Loss Registry in Mayo Clinic's blog. He says it will help the NIH and DOD make the best decisions about areas that need funding to improve the quality of life for all people living with limb loss. Read more about this initiative Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D. Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, [...]

July 2019 O&P Almanac

The July O&P Almanac is here. Find out how O&P facilities are collecting patient information and outcome data in preparation for a national data repository; read best practices for treating patients in rural areas; preview the clinical and business sessions planned for the National Assembly; learn how provisions in proposed O&P legislation will impact patients; see the detailed schedule for Competitive Bidding 2021; and much more. American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) - July 2019 Issue - O&P Almanac

How this ESPYS honoree turned a life-altering injury into a mission to inspire others

Amputee veteran Kirstie Ennis turned her injury into a mission to inspire others. Tonight she will receive the Pat Tillman Award at the 2019 ESPYs. She told GMA that, "This award to me represents community and compassion for humanity, and what people can actually make happen when they come together." Kirstie Ennis will follow in the footsteps of so many legends tonight as she's honored with the Pat Tillman Awards at the 2019 ESPYS.

Running an O&P business is no easy feat. You don't have to do it alone. AOPA is here to help you reach your full potential. We do this by being your voice with policymakers and regulators, funding and promoting research that drives improvements in O&P and providing the education tools needed to build strong O&P businesses that provide excellent patient care. Learn more and join today

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association

It was a pleasure to host the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP) Fellows, Alicia Carver and Susannah Engdahl on Friday. Within minutes of meeting them it was clear they have immense passion and energy for improving the O&P field for both providers and patients.


How does your O&P Patient Care Facility measure up? Participate in AOPA’s Annual Operating Performance Benchmarking Survey and the Bi-annual Compensation and Benefits survey to find out. The largest O&P benchmarking survey in the field, it will help you improve your profitability. Deadline to participate is tomorrow, 6/28. OPC Benchmarking Survey How does your O&P Patient Care Facility Measure Up? Are you considering selling your O&P business and need to maximize its value? Do you want to own or manage a financially successful O&P business that aspires to grow? Improve the profitability of your business by participati...

From Lacrosse to Track: There's No Stopping Noelle Lambert - Sports360AZ

From lacrosse to track, there is no stopping Noelle Lambert who lost her leg three years ago. Along her journey, she met her prosthetist who today provides film analysis to her on the track and works with her to fit, develop and adjust her prothesis. It’s a surprisingly cool morning in late May in Tempe.  Noelle Lambert is negotiating a starting block at Arizona State’s track. She’s maneuvering her running prosthetic and right leg to...

June 2019 O&P Almanac

In case you need more reasons to attend the 2019 National Assembly in San Diego, September 25-28, check our recommendations on things to see and do while there from your O&P colleagues in the June O&P Almanac. American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) - June 2019 Issue - O&P Almanac

Get all your Co-OP questions answered during a live tutorial this Friday. If you haven't signed up for the Co-OP yet, this is your opportunity to learn about O&P's most comprehensive resource for coding, billing, and reimbursement. Join us Friday, 6/21 from 12 – 1 PM ET. Register:

AOPA Board Member Terri Kuffel joined Wiggle Your Toes to receive a proclamation from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz for Limb Loss Awareness Month.

Huge thanks to Governor Tim Walz for proclaiming April Limb Loss Awareness Month (#LLAM) in Minnesota, and presenting our proclamation to us yesterday!!! We also greatly appreciated the Governor's time to discuss matters that involve the limb loss community.

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June 2019 O&P Almanac

New strategies when partnering with hospitals, insurance companies, and the VA; Competitive Bidding 2021 timeline; 2019 AOPA Policy Forum Recap; things to do in San Diego during the Assembly; and much more. Take a look at the June O&P Almanac. American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) - June 2019 Issue - O&P Almanac


O&P never stops evolving and neither does the National Assembly.

The Assembly has visionaries. The most innovative products, services and technologies. The latest clinical and technical education and business best practices from the major players in O&P. Energizing events that let you explore San Diego and network with colleagues.

For all this and more, check out the Preliminary Program, then register and start planning your National Assembly! 2019 AOPA National Assembly Catch the wave. Join AOPA and the California Orthotics and Prosthetics Association for the 2019 National Assembly at the San Diego Convention Center, September 25-28, 2019. The Preliminary Program is NOW available. Check it out and start planning your Assembly. Access:Reg...

Opinion | The Amputee Cyclist’s Art of Self-Repair

"No one is ever only one designation. I am rolling disability, Berkeley professor, poet and essayist, father — in no particular order." C.S. Giscombe who lost his arm at 10, writes about perceptions of limb loss and disability in The New York Times Opinion Section. My black, middle-class upbringing demanded that losing an arm at 10 would be no life-altering tragedy.

Join us in San Diego, September 25-28 for the 2019 National Assembly and hear from innovative keynote speakers, Capt. Lanny Boswell, USN (Ret), PhD, PT, OCS who was the Commanding Officer for the Military Hospital Ship USNS Comfort's medical treatment facility and nine-time gold medalist, Jeremy Campbell. They are guaranteed to help you drive your own waves of change. #AOPA2019

For the next two days O&P professionals are in Indianapolis getting the most up-to-date coding and reimbursement information and best practices from AOPA experts.

How This 48-Year-Old Amputee Conquers Marathons and Mountains

Kathy Pisco lost her foot to cancer, ten years later she is climbing mountains and running marathons. She feels these athletic accomplishments made it seem as though the prosthesis had become a part of her. Pico started running and climbing mountains ten years ago, after losing her foot to cancer

Have you heard about Orthotics 2020? The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics spoke with our Director of Strategic Initiatives, Ashlie White to get the scoop. Listen to Episode 5 of the CredCast Podcast.

May 2019 O&P Almanac

From designing facilities with insulated concrete foam and harnessing solar energy to reducing water usage and leveraging new technologies, O&P facilities are engaging in advanced sustainability initiatives and choosing "greener" business practices to reduce their environmental footprints. American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) - May 2019 Issue - O&P Almanac

Yesterday, the Prosthetics 2020 and Orthotics 2020 Medical Advisory Boards and Steering Committees met in Alexandria, VA to to discuss how to continue to shape the future of O&P. Their discussions included current evidence gaps and how they should inform O&P research agendas.

Boston bombing survivor helps amputees lead better lives - CNN Video

CNN spoke with Heather Abbott, a Boston bombing survivor who has challenged the status quo to help people with amputations lead the lives they want. CNN's Poppy Harlow meets with Heather Abbott, a Boston bombing survivor who helps amputees lead better lives.

Last week, over 100 O&P advocates came to Washington DC and raised their voices for the profession and patients. They made an impact! Check out our summary to learn how.

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A tight U.S. labor market and increasing demand for O&P clinicians make for a challenging hiring climate in 2019. But successful O&P facility owners and managers have suggestions for identifying best-fit candidates; encouraging them to join your team; and retaining them. Read the suggestions in the May O&P Almanac.

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Yesterday, the O&P community was out in full force on Capitol Hill advocating for the solutions that will enable the profession to better serve its patients. No doubt we made an impact!

Day 1 of the 2019 Policy Forum was packed full of content, strategy, inspiration, fun and most importantly phenomenal O&P advocates ready to take the O&P community and it’s patients’ message to the Hill tomorrow.

10 Things Amputees and People With Limb Differences Want You to Know

There are two million people living with an amputation in the U.S. and 185,000 undergo amputation surgery each year. No two people’s situations are the same: some had a limb amputated because of an accident, injury, illness, or disease. Others because of how their body formed in the womb, sometimes described as “congenital amputation.” Four amputees tell us what we should all know about their lives. Everyone’s story is different.

Bags are packed and folders stuffed. We are ready to head to the Hill next week for the 2019 Policy Forum to advocate for the O&P profession and it’s patients.

An Amputee’s Toughest Challenge Yet: Her 140-Mile Run in the Desert

Amy Palmiero-Winters became the first female amputee to complete the Marathon Des Sables, often called the "toughest foot race on Earth." She did it to inspire and show how not to succumb to artificial limits. She said, "When I fall, I laugh, I cry, I get back up, and I keep going.” For Amy Palmiero-Winters’s latest ultramarathon venture, the treacherous Marathon des Sables, her 13-year-old daughter wrote a note: “Good luck. I love you. Don’t die.”

Our Director of Coding and Reimbursement Services, Education, and Programming, Joe McTernan was interviewed by HME News on the recent DOJ indictment.

Prosthetist’s creativity helps hockey-loving veteran get back on the ice

Another heart warming story of how O&P restores lives. A veteran who lost the lower half of one of his legs received a life changing gift from a prosthetist at a Chicago veterans’ hospital. HINES, Ill — A local veteran who lost the lower half of one of his legs received a life changing gift from a creative prosthetist at a Chicago veterans’ hospital. Eric Lindholm spends his days working at Hines VA Hospital fabricating and building what life took away for many vets. The goal is to...

Did you know that there are 2.1 million people living with limb loss? AOPA, American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics and National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) staff celebrated Limb Loss Awareness Month today.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in less than two weeks at the 2019 Policy Forum. After hearing how the latest legislative and regulatory issues will affect the O&P profession and patients, over 100 advocates will educate members of Congress on the common sense solutions that enable the profession to restores lives. A big thank you to our sponsors!

Learn about one of the best resources available for O&P practices, the AOPA Co-OP. Watch the recording from last week's webinar hosted by us and the California Orthotic and Prothestic Association

She had 14 chemo sessions and an amputation by age 3, now she's playing basketball | IOL News

Sixteen year old Amanda received her first prostheses when she was 3 and has been getting a new one once or twice a year ever since. An athlete, she has played field hockey, lacrosse and basketball. Of her prostheses she says, "I had it my whole life. I don't really hide it. I just embrace it. It would be nice if they don't stare. If they do, they'd be wondering what happened, then I just share my story with them. I don't really mind them staring." Amanda Merrell plays with a prosthetic leg and was her team's leading scorer in Huntingtown, Maryland. "Sports is literally my everything," she says.

April 2019 O&P Almanac

Check out the April O&P Almanac for information on the legislative proposals O&P professionals will champion at the 2019 AOPA Policy Forum; tips for recovering from natural disasters from experts in the profession; and meet a researcher who's studying AFO use among stroke survivors who have hemiplegia. American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) - April 2019 Issue - O&P Almanac

For the first time all five major O&P national organizations have women at the helm, reflecting the growing trend of more women entering our profession. Excited that our Executive Director, Eve Lee is one of them. She was featured in the April The O&P Edge.

Boston Marathon will be the first major marathon to add a competitive Para Athletic Division - The Boston Globe

Taking another step towards recognizing all forms of athletic participation, the Boston Marathon will be the first to add a competitive Para Athletic Division. Adrianne Haslet, a professional dancer who was a spectator when she lost her left leg in the wake of the 2013 explosions and ran the race in 2016 said, "Everyone deserves a chance, and it’s no different for amputees than it is for elites or wheelchair racers. To have this be recognized is everything.” Athletes with visual, lower-limb, and upper-limb impairments will have official recognition and prize money starting next year.

Today, we issued a statement on the DOJ's Operation Brace Yourself. We are highly encouraged by both the DOJ indictments and the administrative action taken by CMS and are hopeful that this sweeping action will drive this criminally negligent activity out of the orthotic and prosthetic marketplace. We will continue to voice our concern at every opportunity.

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