The Amputee Coalition, with support from the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, released a report prepared by Dobson | DaVanzo that compares the clinical outcomes and Medicare payments for patients who received orthotic and prosthetic services to similar matched patients who do not receive the services. Using a custom cohort database of Medicare claims, the report presents findings from a series of retrospective cohort studies focusing on lower extremity orthoses, spinal orthoses, and lower extremity prostheses. The results of this study are based on the largest known sample of Medicare orthotic and prosthetic users and provide national results as opposed to the small regional studies currently available in the literature.
The study found that patients who received orthotic or prosthetic services have lower or comparable Medicare payments than those who did not receive these services. The orthotic and prosthetic services are associated with higher rates of physical therapy and rehabilitation, which allow patients to remain in the community and avoid costly facility-based care, including hospital admissions.
To access the full report, please click here.