A Look Back, A Look Ahead

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By Tonja Randolph
Tonja Randolph

We had a busy year at The O&P EDGE. In 2010, we reported on humanitarian efforts, including the earthquake in Haiti that ravaged the country and left too many with amputations. The O&P community responded immediately to help with relief efforts, many of which continue today. Medical and allied health professionals from all over the world are still traveling to Haiti to give their time and medical and rehabilitative expertise to those in need. It is heartening to see that although 2010 has been an economically difficult year for Americans, O&P professionals seem to be riding the slow wave of economic recovery fairly well, and many of you are finding ways to give back.

The O&P EDGE also reported on the continuing progress of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics program, the cooperative efforts of the O&P Alliance, the Vancouver Paralympics, and the record-breaking joint meeting of ORTHOPÄDIE + REHA-TECHNIK and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). We featured business articles throughout the year, and "Got FAQs?" continues to be an invaluable resource for all of your billing and reimbursement questions.

In 2010, we introduced our partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP), which has enabled us to provide you with the latest news from Washington and in-depth analysis about how legislative initiatives will impact the O&P profession. We look forward to bringing you more content from NAAOP in 2011.

In 2011, we also look forward to bringing you even more of the clinical content you've asked for. We will be expanding our coverage to include content provided by the Societies of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy). Our relationship with the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is growing and promises to bring you some exciting information in the coming year as well.

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Thank you for your suggestions, your many contributions, and your readership. Have a great holiday season. We look forward to hearing from you in the new year!

Tonja Randolph

Clarification

We'd like to make several clarifications to the article "The Pedorthist Education Debate," which appeared in the November 2010 issue of The O&P EDGE. A two-year degree requirement is one of many options that were discussed among various stakeholders earlier this year, but according to NCOPE, the proposed standards/education level is not a two-year requirement. The 1,000 hours of supervised patient fitting experience is a certification requirement shared by ABC and BOC and is not mandated by NCOPE. Pedorthists sit for an ABC or BOC certification exam, not a state board exam. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. After publication, NCOPE came forward with valuable information that we have added to our online version of the article. For the latest information regarding pedorthic education, visit www.oandp.com/articles/2010-11_02.asp

-Karen Henry