April Facilitator


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American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics

APRIL 2019

In this issue...

Medicare Corner: Surety Bonds


Maintaining a Good Standing


Surveyor Notes: Patient Record


Featured Standard - HR.6


Change of Ownership



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We want to continue working closely with your organization to help facilitate your accreditation process. We consider your facility part of our ever-growing ABC family and an ally in our mission to provide the highest quality of care for patients nationwide. Contact us anytime.


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------Medicare Corner------

Understanding DMEPOS Surety Bonds

By Devon Bernard


As a follow-up to our article about surety bonds in the last issue of the Facilitator, we asked AOPA’s Assistant Director of Coding and Reimbursement Services, Education and Programming, Devon Bernard, to share his knowledge and expertise about surety bonds with you.

Maintaining a Good Standing with ABC: It’s not just a status, it’s a requirement!


It is very important that all accredited facilities ensure that both their patient care facilities and patient care providers (individuals) are in good standing at all times. What does that mean exactly?

Surveyor Notes: A Closer Look at Patient Record Standards PR.6.1 and 6.1.1

Ted Markgren, CO, Senior Surveyor


As the complexity of orthotics and prosthetics advances, so too does the medical record. It is important to review the medical record requirements to ensure that your records reflects the device and need for the device accurately.

Featured Standard – HR.6: Privileging Certified or Licensed Staff


Effective January 1, 2019, the practice of privileging non-credentialed caregivers was eliminated. ABC’s Orthotic, Prosthetic and Pedorthic Scope of Practice has been updated to change the way individuals can be privileged to provide patient care.

Change of Ownership – How it Affects Your Accreditation


The type of ownership that is right for your business depends on your unique situation. As your business changes, so might your business or ownership structure.


Privileging Changes Now in Effect!

Privileging of non-credentialed caregivers has been eliminated. The revised is available for review on the ABC website. Mastectomy facilities are exempt from this change.


August 2019 Expirees

Applications for sites expiring August 31 were due to ABC on April 1. If you haven’t done so already, please submit your renewal application to ABC online as soon as possible!


October 2019 Expirees

Applications for sites expiring October 31 are due to ABC on June 3.


>Free Lunch Challenge - April Postcard Due Now!

Don’t forget to participate in this year’s free lunch contest and remember, you have to submit ALL four postcards in the month they are due to qualify. Good luck!


Annual Fee

Your 2019 Annual Fee and Data Verification Form (DVF) was due to ABC on December 1. Invoices were emailed in September. Please note that these fees are different and separate from any fees related to an application or survey. If you are not current with your annual fees, your facility’s accreditation status will not be reported to Medicare and cannot be verified to third parties. Be sure to log in to your facility’s MY ABC account to verify that you are in good standing with ABC.

Satisfaction Survey Winner

The winner of our quarterly satisfaction survey drawing is Edmond Restivo of Restorative Prosthetics & Orthotics. LLC in Slidell, LA. Congratulations Edmond and thank you for your participation!


We'd like to extend a big THANK YOU to all who completed the survey! Your input is invaluable and helps us make the accreditation application and survey process better. If you've recently been surveyed, keep an eye on your inbox for your unique survey link! All participants are eligible to enter in ABC’s quarterly drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. If you haven't been surveyed recently but would like to provide feedback, please email us at thefacilitator@abcop.org with your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you!



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