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New Fee Schedule Effective September 1, 2015

Board Issues Refunds, Admits Error in 2015 Renewal Fee Policy

August 3, 2015 --   

The newer language of the OPP Fee Rule – Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Agency Rule 4779-12-01 – passed JCARR review , was “final filed” on 7/13/2015 and assigned an effective date of 09/01/2015.  The following fees will be required for the activities and services indicated beginning September 1st.  In addition to a nominal increase in the fee for an initial non-Temporary license application (to $150 from $125) and the increase in annual license renewal (was $300, now $400), the rule also provides for fee assessments for activities/services that were previously fee-free, such as certified license verifications, review-for-approval of OPPCE activities not already ABC or BOC-approved, and fines for found violations of Chapter 4779 law and rules provisions.

Pursuant to the rule language, the Board approved the following fee schedule for FY16 at its June 2015 meeting.  Find current fee rule language here (the page will display “old” and “new” language until the new language becomes effective 09/01/2015).


Initial License Application – All Types – Full          

$150

Initial License Application – All Types – TEMP          

$150

Annual License Renewal – All Types – Full              

$400

One-time License Renewal – All Types – TEMP    

$400

Late Fee – License Renewal                                   

$200

Late Fee – OPPCE                                                             

$200

License Upgrade – TEMP>Full                                  

$100

License Consolidate – LO or LP > LPO                

$100

License Issuance                                            

$100

New OPPCE Activity Review                            

$ 50

Certified license verification                        

$ 25

Fine, per violation                                              

$250

In a separate but related action, the Board approved issuance of refunds totaling $4200 to each of 14 licensees who were assessed two fees for renewing two licenses for the renewal that was due 01/31/2015.  While the change in licensing policy had been announced previously, an internal audit determined that current fee rule language did not support the administrative change without first having been formalized by rule.  Refunds were issued to individual licensees in June.  Business owners who reimburse practitioners for license fees may wish to inquire with their staff to determine if they are due a reimbursement in turn.

Fee Rule Public Hearing & Board Meeting 06/09/2015

 The proposed new Fee Rule -- OAC 4779-12-01 (current)  (proposed) is set for Public Hearing before the full Board at its next meeting on June 9, 2015.  See the Notice on the Register of Ohio. Included in the rules package agenda are proposals to make a technical amendment to the OPPCE reporting rule; to carry forward the rules governing Confidential Personal Information; and to eliminate a set of detailed rules meant to guide the Administrative Hearing process.  To register to provide public testimony, or to send a written statement, use this link to send an email: 06/09/2015 Public Hearing

Proposed FY16 Fee Schedule (Agenda item for 06/09/2015 meeting):  click here

License Cards Discontinued

Jan. 31, 2015 - In response to continuous demands to provide services more effectively and efficiently, reducing costs and redundant processes, we are discontinuing the issuance of "hard copy" license cards.

Renewal confirmation letters will contain a plain paper version of the license card at the bottom of the letter which can be shared for credentialing purposes, and current license status information can be found via the online License Verification link 24 hours per day.

Initial certificates of licensure will still be provided to new applicants whose license is approved by the Board.

Budget Testimony

Mar. 5, 2015 - Ohio OPP Board Director Mark Levy testified in favor of the Executive Budget recommendation before the Finance Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development and Natural Resources of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee on March 4, 2015.

"The state of Ohio through enactment of Chapter 4779 has recognized that O&P Practitioners are specialized caregivers within the allied healthcare community who bring value and accountability to what would otherwise be treated as 'you paid for it, you deal with it, buyer beware' commodity sales.  As more funding of healthcare services moves toward the public sector with state and federal treasuries on the hook for reimbursement, provider-based accountability in a structure that seeks to assure patient-centered and outcome-oriented approaches becomes more crucial."

For the full text of the Board's testimony, click here.

Legislative Update

Diabetic Patients’ Rights to Well-Fitted  Therapeutic Shoes Preserved

Jan. 7, 2015 - House Bill 326 as introduced and as passed by the Ohio House of Representatives sought to fully exempt diabetic therapeutic shoe fitting from the scope of regulated Orthotic and Pedorthic services.  While it set forth certain baseline standards for persons providing the service, it would have removed this Board’s authority to assure minimum standards are observed and would have opened up the service to anyone who has taken a 20-hour manufacturer’s training course.   The Board approved a Position Paper as regards the proposal, tracked the legislation closely in the Senate, and engaged in an interested party negotiation with legislative sponsors and proponents. 

The version of the bill that passed the Ohio Senate adopted an amendment that removed all of the previously proposed new language and simply added Revised Code Chapter 4729, the Pharmacy chapter, to the list of licensed healthcare professionals exempt from Chapter 4779 licensing when “practicing within the individual's scope of practice under statutes and rules regulating the individual's profession.”  The Board testified as an interested party and withdrew its opposition to the bill.   The bill passed the Senate, the House concurred in the changes, and the governor has signed it into law. 

Sept. 2014 - Mar. 2015 Five-Year Rule Review

Sep. 10, 2014 - In accordance with the Periodic Review of Rules requirement, the OPP Board will be processing two chapters and two individual rules of its Administrative Rules series for review.

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Board Proposes Expanded Coverage for Orthopedic Shoes

Jun. 10, 2014 - The Board proposed an amendment to Rule 5160-10-12, Orthopedic Shoes and Foot Orthoses to the Ohio Department of Medicaid for consideration during its rule review process. The expansion would cover orthopedic shoes when not an integral part of a brace for beneficiaries “with documented diagnoses of moderate or severe peripheral neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease.”

To read more about the Board's discussion, click through to the Board Bulletpoints from the June 10, 2014 Board meeting.

Active Military / Veterans / Spouses Accommodations Rule Set Finalized

Jun. 10, 2014 - The rule package that was considered as summarized in the rules hearing notice previously posted to this site was approved and filed with an effective date of June 27, 2014.  The purposes of the rule set are:

  1. To comply with the requirements of Am. Sub. HB 98 of the 130th General Assembly and with Executive Order 2013-05K and directives/recommendations issued thereto.
  2. Promoting opportunities for and inclusion of veterans and their spouses in the planning and execution of occupational licensing functions of administrative and regulatory agencies.
  3. Providing “one-stop guidance” for veterans seeking entrance to or continuation of service in the professions regulated by this Board
Represent!

Mar. 18, 2014 - Another O&P Practitioner seat "times out" near the end of this year, as does the Consumer member's spot. - Bill Neu, LPO and Robert Reed, Consumer Member will have served for two consecutive terms. We are aware of an applicant for the Consumer position, but the process is still open to those who may be willing and interested in serving on the Board.

Terms are for three years and an initial term is subject to re-appointment at the discretion of the Governor.

Active, informed and committed-to-service licensees and consumers are encouraged to consider the leadership opportunity. Contact the Board office for further information, or submit your application directly to the Governor's office.

Board Approves Statement on CMS’ OTS Orthotics Designations

Mar. 11, 2014 - For the past several years, the Board has offered written guidance and a protocol rubric to the OPP licensee and DME provider communities regarding the Ohio standards for determination of Orthotic devices requiring or not requiring licensed dispensation in compliance with Revised Code Chapter 4779.  Recognizing that recent changes in language and policy pushed out by CMS’ DMEPOS regulator is causing some confusion in the provider community regarding the effect of those changes in Ohio, the Board approved a statement of clarification in this regard.

In summary:  “Ohio regulatory language does not align exactly with federal language, and the Ohio Board has determined that devices marketed and reimbursed under many of the HCPCS codes referenced in CMS’ action meet the requirements of custom fit devices and do not meet the Ohio definition of a device requiring ‘minimal fitting.’”

 

 

To read the full statement, click through to the DME Providers tab or use the link above.

The State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
Mark B. Levy, Director
77 S. High St., 18th Floor  •  Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Tel: (614) 466-1157   •  Fax: (614) 387-7347   •  Email Us