Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: AOPA Sessions Sneak Peeks

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Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: AOPA Sessions Sneak Peeks

To enhance your experience at the 2016 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly to be held September 8-11 in Boston, this Online Exclusive presents additional details about two session presentations. We hope the details enhance your experience at the Assembly or provide you with more insight into the proceedings.

The Top 5 Things to Know About Your Business to Survive and Succeed

Mark Ford; Elizabeth Ginzel, MHA, CPO; Michael Oros, CPO, FAAOP; Jim Weber, MBA

Using current and historical operating performance data to illuminate trends in O&P, this presentation will focus on the growing importance of healthcare data, how to use the data you collect, and how to make it meaningful to your success. One of the tools the presenters will address is benchmarking-comparing your business processes and performance metrics to industry bests or best practices from other companies-and how such data collection can directly affect your daily work and your business.

Included in the presentation are tips about how to determine if you are paying too much for products-not just what you are paying but how it compares to what other O&P businesses are paying.

Cyber Liability ‐ #1 Coverage Not on O&P Facility Owner's Radar

Don Foley, Cailor Fleming Insurance

This presentation will address the increase of cyber attacks and data breaches on healthcare organizations and how insurance products can help protect businesses and users, something that 89 percent of such organizations have experienced, according to a 2016 report by the Ponemon Institute, Traverse City, Michigan.

Foley will share how insurance can protect businesses and individual users from Internet-based risks and from risks relating to information technology infrastructure and activities. Such policies may include first-party coverage against losses such as data destruction, extortion, theft, hacking, and denial of service attacks; liability coverage indemnifying companies for losses to others caused, for example, by errors and omissions, failure to safeguard data, or defamation; and other benefits including regular security-audit, post-incident public relations and investigative expenses, and criminal reward funds. Policies can also cover business interruption costs and a business' liability for a data breach in which customers' personal information is exposed or stolen by a hacker or another criminal.

Theft of valuable digital assets, including customer lists, business trade secrets, and other similar electronic business assets will also be discussed. Threats such as the introduction of malware, worms, and other malicious computer code, as well as human error leading to inadvertent disclosure of sensitive information, and lawsuits alleging trademark or copyright infringement are also on the presentation agenda.

Other Highlights

Other highlights of the Assembly include the concurrent sessions for orthotists, prosthetists, pedorthists, technicians, and business owners and managers. Offerings also include case studies and symposia, and opportunities to network with physicians, wound care specialists, research scientists, attorneys, business experts, and top-notch practitioners. Orthotists, prosthetists, pedorthists, and physical therapists can earn more than 32 continuing education credits.