Licensure: Setting O&P Professionals Apart from General Providers - January 2006

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Licensure: Setting O&P Professionals Apart from General Providers
By Judith Philipps Otto


The consensus seems increasingly to focus on acceptance of the oft-repeated homily: "Think about it: the person who cuts your hair is licensed, but the person who makes a prosthesis or straightens your daughter's spine does not have to be licensed...

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Licensure: Advice from Battle-Hardened Warriors
By Judith Philipps Otto


Joe Elliott, CP, BOCPO, Hanger Prosthetics &Orthotics, Birmingham, Alabama: "I think the best thing todo, if I were in a state that didn't have licensure and I wasinterested in it, would be to contact people who had been throughit. "I spoke to the...

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Licensure: Learning from Mistakes
By Judith Philipps Otto


Sadly, the biggest mistake made in the pursuit oflicensure to date is the delay in starting sooner--a mistake thathas already cost the profession dearly, believes John N. Billock,CPO/L, FAAOP, Orthotics & Prosthetics RehabilitationEngineering Cent...

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Licensure: If There’s a Small Population
By Judith Philipps Otto


Pursuing licensure is more difficult in a statewhich has a very low population of O&P providers, and hence hasless dedicated manpower to support the legislative initiatives andfewer members to share the costs, which are considerable. However,there...

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Licensure: Is Anybody Still Opposed?
By Judith Philipps Otto


A.J. Filippis, CPO, Wright & Filippis, RochesterHills, Michigan, still has serious concerns about embracinglicensure: "Because of the relatively small size of our industry, we areprobably not going to have our own licensing board in most cases,"h...

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Anthropometrics Goes Beyond Immediate Prosthetic Benefits
By Miki Fairley


Accurate measurement techniques and instruments can improve theapplication of anthropometrics--the comparative study of human bodymeasurements and properties--not only in prosthetics practices, butalso in enabling the prosthetics profession to con...

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Today's Consumer

'If I Can't Run Fast, I'll Run Far'
By Meredy Fullen


I would never in a million years have thought I would be arunner, much less running marathons, ultra marathons, and thefamous Boston Marathon!" Kelly Luckett stands on Patriot's Day emblem. Perhaps only a runner who puts in miles upon milescan...

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Sports Page

104 Disabled Athletes Display Prowess at Exciting San Diego Triathlon
By Tina Eichner


The crisp air was filled with anticipation ascountless swimmers assembled on the beach of La Jolla Cove under aflawless morning sky for the first portion of the 12th Annual SanDiego Triathlon October 30. The eagerly awaited event is theprimary fun...

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Creature Care

Prosthetist Keeps Poultry in Motion
By Jim Young, CP, FAAOP


Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: Well, in this case he was searching for the newest AmputeeProsthetic Clinic in south Georgia . Jim Young, CP, FAAOP, was attacking a small stackof administrative paperwork at his new prosthetic care facili...

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Perspective

2006 Trends: Deja Vu All Over Again?
By John Michael, MEd, CPO, FISPO, FAAOP


In preparation for this article, I reread myDecember 2002 retrospective for The EDGE and was struck byhow apropos the summary statement from that era still remained: "Most P&O observers would agree that although there wereno tremendous disasters...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends onknowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding thefull aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectivelyincrease your reimbursement. This informative column will helpproviders and t...

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Profile

Paul Hendrickson, CP


Paul Hendrickson, CP Ascent Orthotics & Prosthetics Denver, Colorado What is your favorite website? www.ascentclinics.com If you weren't in O&P, what would be your nextcareer choice? Working up on the farm.

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Viewpoint

From the Editor - Licensure: Setting O&P Apart
By Miki Fariley


Every job is a self-portrait of the person who doesit. Autograph your work with excellence. AuthorUnknown Licensure helps authenticate a profession and inmany industries is a hallmark of recognized expertise.

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