We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are doing everything we can to assure that our programs and services are minimally affected. The safety and well-being of our employees, certified individuals and candidates, accredited businesses and other constituents is very important to us. We know this is a time of anxiety for you, your coworkers, families and patients. As more information becomes available, we will continue to update this page.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email us at 703.836.7114 or email@example.com.
The Accreditation program has fully resumed onsite surveys and our surveyors are currently conducting surveys while following CDC safety protocols.
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Will vaccines be made available for O&P providers? The CDC has added orthotists and prosthetists to its list of frontline workers who should be first in line for vaccination. However, CDC guidelines only serve as suggestions for states. Check with your state health department for information on your specific state’s vaccination plan. For additional information, view AOPA's Guidance on Acquiring COVID Vaccines.
Should I still apply for accreditation? Yes, we encourage you to continue to apply or reapply for accreditation. We are still accepting and processing applications as usual.
Does ABC's accreditation standards address infection control? Review your Infection Control and Emergency Preparedness policies to see if any revisions or additions are necessary to enhance your compliance and protect yourselves, staff and patients. Specific ABC Accreditation Standards that address these areas are: PS.3, PS.11.1, PS.11.2, FS.3, FS.5 and FS.5.1
How can my business utilize telehealth to continue patient care? View ABC's Statement on Telehealth in Orthotics and Prosthetics for further guidance.
Are O,P&P businesses considered essential healthcare services? Learn more here.
Where can I find financial assistance for my business?
A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will be administered by the Small Business Administration's (SBA) network of lenders, making $285B in funds available to small business with fewer than 300 employees and that have suffered revenue declines of more than 25 percent in any given quarter this year compared to last year.
If you already have a PPP loan: You can apply for a "second draw" through your lender if you can show a 25 percent reduction in gross receipts in the first three quarters of 2020 relative to the same 2019 quarters.
Available loan amount: Loans can be for 2.5 months of average monthly payroll costs plus an additional 25% of that amount up to a maximum of $2M.
Loan Forgiveness: Loans will be forgiven if certain conditions are met with a choice of an 8 or 24-week forgiveness period. Eligible small businesses will be able to deduct expenses paid for by PPP funds - consult your tax advisor.
Get more detailed information here.
Download a sample PPP application here. How you apply (online, in person) will vary by lender.
Cailor Fleming Insurance. (2021). The New Stimulus Package Provides Financial Support for Small Businesses. [PDF].
Is O&P included in the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund? Eligible O&P facilities are included. Information can be found on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website.
For additional guidance, please refer to the CDC's specific resources for healthcare facilities.
Questions? Please email our accreditation team or call (703) 836-7114.
While many tradeshows and conferences have been canceled with future events subject to change, there are now more eLearning opportunities than ever from which to choose.
You can find these opportunities through the ABC Pre-approved Course Search Tool. We encourage you to continue to earn continuing education credits during this time and we are happy to help in any way we can.
We will continue to update our online course listings and event calendar as we learn of any changes.
Exam candidates are still encouraged to apply for ABC certification. For the most current dates and deadlines, view the entire schedule here.
Testing Center Safety
Our third party testing vendor, Prometric, has reviewed all test center operations and continues to reinforce maximum safety protocols at all test centers in order to mitigate the risk of spread of the virus at these locations. Procedures include cleaning high-touch surfaces (e.g. test stations, keyboard keys, mouse, etc.) before opening, in-between each candidate and at the end of the day. In addition, Prometric provides the necessary PPE, cleaning supplies and training to their staff on all new cleaning protocols. For more information about Prometric's test center policies and testing site updates, please visit the Prometric website.
As the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) continues, our Board of Directors is studying the impacts on all our stakeholders. In order to get a clear picture of the impact the emergency has had, a preliminary survey was
sent in April 2020 to a small group of ABC certifees to set an early benchmark on how the pandemic was affecting the profession.
We followed up with a survey in July 2020 to a much larger, diverse and representative subset of all ABC certified individuals. The survey goals were to ascertain the effects felt both at the height of the pandemic and identify the steps being made towards recovery. The July survey focused on identifying impacts on employment, patient volume and practice revenue.
COVID-19: Information for Our Members
AOPA Message on COVID-19
Guidance on Operation of O&P Businesses During State or Local Restrictions Related to COVID-19
Suggestions for Prosthetic Orthotic Clinics that Must Remain Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic
NAAOP Letter to all State Governors, COVID – 19 State Task Forces and Health Insurance Commissioners
NAAOP COVID-19 Financial Relief Resource Video
COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program Summary: Apply Today to Help Protect Your O&P Practice
Medicare Accelerated & Advance Payment Program: What O&P Practices Need to Know During COVID-19
VGM Coronavirus Resources and Information