Thursday, January 3, 2013

Richie Brace Medicare Change - Effective NOW

Effective January 1, 2013 Medicare will begin to enforce a new definition of custom ankle-foot orthoses. To meet the new Medicare requirements Dr. Richie has announced that their new Richie Brace Ultra is now available and meets all new Medicare guidelines for AFO design. The new Richie Brace Ultra will be available by the end of December and “Upgrade Kits” will be here in our lab and ready for any braces that you may have that have not been dispensed by the end of the year.

How this change affects you:

1.      Details of the new definition are on Dr. Richie’s announcement letter that we mailed to all  of our customers in late December.

2.      All Richie Braces that are dispensed by December 31, 2012 are fine as is and no further action is required

3.      If you dispense a Richie Brace to a Medicare patient after January 1, 2013 you will need to send it back to ComfortFit for installation of the “Upgrade Kit with Pre Tibial shell”. There is a small cost for the upgrade kit.

4.      Going forward, for all Medicare patients you will need to order the new Richie Brace Ultra. You will be required to use the STS Mid Leg casting sock for ALL Richie Brace Ultra orders (call ComfortFit for your sock requirements).
Please contact us for more information.
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