Expert Witness in Orthotics & Prosthetics

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O'Connor Orthopedics is now offering Expert Witnessing services in the Orthotic and Prosthetic fields. Rod O'Connor is a CPO and has been practicing for over 20 years. With so much experience in Orthotics and Prosthetics he has found that offering his expert opinion can often be helpful in a variety of cases. Lifetime estimated cost of goods can be calculated quickly and clearly using advanced coding software. After only a short time Rod O'Connor has been brought on as an advisor for over 30 cases. The cases included everything from lifetime cost of good in both Orthotics and Prosthetics in cases across the country including Orange County, Los Angeles County, and back east as well.

On top of offering Expert witnessing we can also asses a patients needs if you are concerned that a patient is not getting his or her needs met. Rod is open to talking with patients about what their best needs are and will also talk with attorneys about what may be best for their clients.

Please call us at 714.635.2650.

We do have a full service Orthotics and Prosthetics location in Anaheim, Ca and Irvine, Ca to serve Orange County, Los Angeles County, and Riverside County.

Orion Microprocessor Controlled Knee & Elan Foot

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O'Connor Orthopedic & Prosthetic is now fully trained on using the all new Endolite Orion MPK knee and the all new Elan foot. Both are fully controlled by microprocessor's and now can work together to improve gait and patient safety. The Orion MPK adjusts to the patient's walking speed so that more active patient's can be assured that their prosthesis will no longer hold them back from any activities. Using computer programming we can adjust the dynamics of the knee to fit the patient's needs better than any knee before.

The Elan foot and ankle is not only an energy returning carbon fiber foot but also a computer controlled hydraulic ankle that adjusts to uneven terrain and provides active dorsi-flexion during swing phase as well as automatically adjusting to changing shoe heel heights.The elan is also an amazing choice for transtibial (below knee) amputees as it is proven to improve gait so that you can walk all day without burning out.

When used together the Endolite Elan & Orion are an unstoppable combination for any above knee amputee and O'Connor Orthopedic & Prosthetic is now fully trained and fitting patients with them. Please call us for more information or a free consultation.

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PDAC - Coding Verification Reviews for Custom Fabricated Ankle-Foot Orthosis

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Recently Medicare's PDAC (Pricing, Data Analysis, & Coding) department has instituted a variety of new regulations for any DMEPOS vendors that may or may not supply medicare patients with custom articulating AFO's (L1970), custom spiral AFO's (L1960), and custom AFO (L1940). These new LCD (Local Coverage Determinations) require that any DMEPOS supplier that wants to bill Medicare prove to medicare that they are supplying Medicare patients with a device that actually is one of the above devices. 

Starting September 1rst, all DMEPOS providers must submit to Medicare the process in which they manufacture each of the above devices so that Medicare can verify it is being made appropriatlycorrectly. This regulation follows an already long list of LCD requirements that Orthotic and Prosthetic providers across the nation must follow to bill medicare.

O'Connor Orthopedics is working closely with the PDAC review department to make sure we are certified to bill these codes by September 1rst. Our Coding verification Applications have already been sent in and the PDAC review board has notified us that they did receive them. Please contact us if you have any questions about what is going on in Medicare Region D within the Orthotic and Prosthetic domain at




Coding Verification Reviews for Custom Fabricated Ankle-Foot Orthoses

Recently the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs), in conjunction with the Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) contractor, have added coding verification reviews for various products to the Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) and related Policy Articles. Questions have arisen about what manufacturers or suppliers must submit when responding to a coding verification review for a custom fabricated item.

A custom fabricated item is one that is individually made for a specific patient. No other patient would be able to use this item. A custom fabricated item is a device which is fabricated based on clinically derived and rectified castings, tracings, measurements, and/or other images (such as x-rays) of the body part. The fabrication may involve using calculations, templates and components. This process requires the use of basic materials including, but not limited to plastic, metal, leather or cloth in the form of uncut or unshaped sheets, bars, or other basic forms and involves substantial work such as vacuum forming, cutting, bending, molding, sewing, drilling and finishing prior to fitting on the patient.

There are two categories of custom fabricated items and the requirements for submission of samples differ:

  • Custom fabricated by a manufacturer/central fabrication facility: These items are constructed by a manufacturer or central fabrication facility and then sent to someone other than the patient. Manufacturers must send a representative sample of a completed product and a description of their custom manufacturing process to the PDAC. Once reviewed by the PDAC staff and correct coding is determined, this category of custom fabricated items will be listed on the PDAC’s Durable Medical Equipment Coding System (DMECS).

  • Custom fabricated by a supplier: These items are individually fabricated by a supplier from raw materials and are dispensed directly to the patient by the entity that fabricated the orthosis. For coding verification, the supplier must submit written documentation that lists the custom Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) manufacturing processes and all components that will be a part of the base code for that AFO orthosis. The supplier must provide a narrative description of the item to include anatomical reference points, a list of the materials that were used and a description of the custom fabrication process (including photos of the process) used for this type of orthosis. These custom fabricated items must be listed on the PDAC’s DMECS in order to be billed using a custom fabricated code.

Custom AFOs which currently require a coding verification review are:


Mike Schultz Adaptive Athlete

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Mike Schultz is an adaptive athlete that has deisnged his own prosthetic knee to enable himself to race motocross after a traumitc amputation. This young man refused to give up his dreams of racing even after facing very tough circumstances. His FOX Racing shock custom knee is designed to be used on a motocross bike and as you can see by video he has not slowed down. It is inspirational to see people out there with determination like Mike's.

Look for Mike at this years X-Games.