Advocacy: A Win-Win Proposition - July 2002

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Like a planet in space being assaulted by a storm of asteroids, O&P-both as a profession and as an industry-is being impacted on all sides by a barrage of factors which can change its entire future direction. Reimbursement and quality of care may...

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Advocacy: A Win-Win Proposition
By Mary P. Novotny, RN, MS


What consumer advocacy has done for prosthetics and orthotics is similar to what occurred in the automobile industry in the mid-20th century. It has raised the bar for better technology and higher standards of care.

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Amputee Advocacy: What’s Needed?
By Miki Fairley


Joining in the discussion are Brad Ruhl, chair, Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC), Amputee Coalition of America (ACA); Anthony "Tony" Barr, founder and president of the Barr Foundation; and Alvin "Al" Pike, CP, president of the Amputee R...

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DC Direct

CMS: Expedite 'Crosswalking' to Prevent Coding Hassles
By Michael J. Allen, CPO, FAAOP


In 1996, Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA. One of the many requirements of HIPAA is the standardization of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes. All providers and...

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DC Direct

NegReg: NOMA at Work
By Judith Otto


In case you arrived at the party late, let's review: Encouraged by the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and prompted by laudable motives, in 2000 Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) drafted a bill that would require those who fit prosthes...

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Education Outlook

Century College O&P Students Form Unique Organization
By Mauricio


OPSA officers (from left) are Lynn Langschwager, vice-president; Josie Johnson, secretary; Mauricio "Mo" Morales, president; and Sheila McCallum, treasurer. Photos by Dan Baldus The Orthotic and Prosthetic Student Association (OPSA) at Cent...

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Education Outlook

A Call to Expand and Improve the Advanced Science Content of O&P Curricula
By Edward S. Neumann, PhD, PE, CP


I propose that the advanced science requirement in O&P curricula should be expanded and the content improved.

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Physical Therapy: Schools Take a Hit
By Miki Fairley


O&P is not alone in its concern over declining school enrollment.

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Industry Insight

AOPA Seminars Offer 20.5 CE Credits


The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) Coding & Billing and HIPAA Compliance seminars have been approved by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) and the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certificat...

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Cutting Edge

MCO Closed Provider Panels: Can They Be Opened?
By Judith Otto


What if you, as an O&P provider, are confronted by managed care organizations' (MCOs') closed provider panels?

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Shop Talk

Fabricating a Flexible Brim Socket with a Rigid Distal End
By Scott Tracewell


When you are fabricating a socket with a flexible brim, you canfabricate so that you only have the flexibility where you need itand cut out half the weight. This method of fabricating producesthe Gano' socket. The method was introduced to me by a...

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Perspective

NegReg: Are Consumers Adequately Represented?
By Judith Otto


In December 2000 Congress passed the Benefits Improvement Act (BIPA), which, among other provisions, aims to protect patients from receiving orthotic and prosthetic care from unqualified providers. The Negotiated Rulemaking (NegReg) Committee has...

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Innovations

Sneak Peek: Fillauer to Offer Innovative Orthotic Technology: SPL Orthotic Knee Joint


The SPL (Swing Phase Lock) Knee Joint developed by Basko Healthcare in the Netherlands has been released to European markets. The SPL is a part of the Basko IQ component line and will be available exclusively from Fillauer Inc. in the US and Canada.

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Salute!

Consumer Empowerment Grows in Developing Countries
By Mary P. Novotny, RN, MS


Jerry White, founder and director of the Landmine Survivors Network (LSN), addresses the crowd during a rally for the Landmine Ban Treaty. As the world grows smaller through global communications, consumer needs in other countries are surfacing, a...

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Provider Qualification Position Statement


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) recognizes that quality of care is one of the most pressing issues facing amputees today. The ACA supports efforts to set a minimum level of qualification for practicing prosthetists throughout the U.S. Curre...

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Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Members


American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) American Orthotics and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Bo...

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Viewpoints

From the Editor


The focus is on ability--not "disability."   This is the clear message coming from amputees and orthoticusers of all ages. For both youth and adults, disability sportsprograms and organizations provide a venue for learning, personalgrowth, and mak...

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Competitive Bidding May Affect Up to One-Third of Orthotic Products
By Michael J. Allen, CPO, President


From the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP)

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