From the House Floor: Introduction of the Medicare Orthotics & Prosthetics Improvements Act of 2013

September 18, 2013


"Mr. Speaker, when unlicensed and unaccredited providers are allowed to deliver prosthetic and orthotic services through Medicare, both Medicare Beneficiaries and the American taxpayer are shortchanged.

Unfortunately, the orthotics and prosthetics market currently is prone to fraud and abuse, where substandard products and services are being furnished to Medicare beneficiaries and other patients.

Despite Congressional mandates, not enough has been done to ensure that legitimate practitioners are providing these items and services.

Moments ago, I introduced the Medicare Orthotics & Prosthetics Improvements Act of 2013, along with my colleague Mike Thompson of California. This common sense piece of legislation will protect Medicare beneficiaries by identifying and addressing fraudulent payments, and hold government accountable by reducing fraud and abuse within Medicare.

Mr. Speaker, I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join us in this bipartisan effort by cosponsoring HR 3112, the Medicare Orthotics & Prosthetics Improvement Act of 2013."