Is there an identity crisis in O&P? What emerges
in talking with various leaders in the field is that there really
is no identity crisis among what the profession regards as its core
– certified orthotists and prosthetists, supported by registered
technicians, assistants, and fitters -whether credentialed by the
American Board for Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics
(ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/ Prosthetist Certification (BOC).
Where the identity crisis apparently lies, though, is in the eyes
of payers: Medicare, private insurance companies, and others. A
critical issue that hangs in the balance is just who, to Congress
and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is a
“qualified provider?” What makes the O&P professional
mainstream as we know it different from all the others who are now
providing DMEPOS [Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics,
Orthotics, and Supplies]?