Ben Wright, CPO, expects a denial when he makes a reimbursement claim for an AFO or KAFO these days. Wright, clinical manager at Baylor College of Medicine-Ottobock Care, Austin, Texas, specializes in providing his patients with new high-tech AFOs and KAFOs with dynamic ankle systems that are beyond the bounds of current L-Codes. He says the improvement he’s seen in his patients by adopting the use of these devices has made the extra bureaucratic hoops worthwhile.
“The reason is it makes such a significant difference,” says Wright. “I’ve seen way too many improvements in people’s lives to not do this.”