Diary of a Mission - October 2006

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Diary of a Mission: Project Hope Belize — Part One
By Rob Kistenberg, MPH, CPO, FAAOP


This July the summer prosthetic mission trip to Belize, Central America, marked the ten-year anniversary of Sonrie Inc. and Project Hope Belize providing prostheses in Belize. The following is a diary of the mission trip recounting my ten-day expe...

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O&P Ascends Professional Summit
By Miki Fairley


"The O&P profession has the opportunity to control its own destiny and set the course for the next decade and beyond. Decisive action is necessary, not just to keep pace with other allied health professionals, but to be proactive in our own behalf...

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Exciting Vision for Practitioners in the Future


The 2005 Education Summit Report gives an exciting, optimistic vision in its look at the future "Five to Ten Years Out." For instance, here is the report's view of the practitioner in the near future: "The past decade has witnessed a significant...

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Northwestern Survey Identifies Research Priorities


Is research important in prosthetics and orthotics? Is enough research being conducted? What aspects of O&P are the most important target areas?

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The Orientation of a Homing Pigeon
By Chelan M. Pedrow


Chelan and her father at the Georgia Tech bookstore Ten of us awkwardly shuffle into Georgia Tech's fabrication workshop. Each chooses an area of workspace and a toolbox, and on command we open our new cases. The tools feel important but foreign.

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OSU-Okmulgee Announces O&P Technician Program


Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee has begun a new Orthotics andProsthetics Technician Program, the university announced. Studentsare developing multiple skill sets, including technician skills,fitting skills, and pedorthic fabrication skills, the...

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AOPA’s Sunriver Initiatives Move Forward
By Miki Fairley


The four initiatives to emerge from the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association's (AOPA's) Sunriver Initiatives are on track and moving ahead. This is the good news from AOPA President Walter Racette, CPO, in an interview with The O&P EDGE . Th...

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Competitive Bidding: Can Small Suppliers Survive?
By John Latsko


John Latsko If all goes as proposed, the largest, most accessible, and cheapest suppliers of certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) may gain Medicare business. Smaller, less accessible, and more expensiv...

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Industry Leader

Rosie Jované C.: Passion for Progress
By Miki Fairley


"If Rosie has ever met an obstacle she couldn't overcome, I don't know what it is."- Mel Stills, CO(E) Advancement of prosthetics and orthotics in Latin America has had a lot to do with a strong, vivacious, lovely lady with a passion for t...

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Today's Consumer

There’s Fighting for Your Life...and Then There’s Golf
By Sherry Metzger, MS


A New Zealand motorcycle tour ended in tragedy when one of the nine riders collided with an oncoming vehicle in December 2001. Rick Weber, 49, recalls how a series of "lucky" events saved his life that day, though efforts couldn't save his left le...

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Stepping Out

Neuropathy, Charcot Joint Disease and Partial Foot Amputations
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," is a saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin. When it comes to neuropathy, this is certainly great advice. The presence of, or potential for, any form of neuropathy in a patient must be given full...

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Sports

Sports News


Injured Veterans Try Surfing with Roller Andy Powers (left) lost both legs in Afghanistan. Photo/Phil Klein A group of 12 veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, many who are amputees, attended a surf clinic in August in Pismo Beach, Califo...

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Progress on Parity

California Becomes Fifth State to Ensure Coverage
By Morgan Sheets


California and Massachusetts are poised to becomethe fifth and sixth states to pass legislation requiringcomprehensive prosthetic cov­erage. AB2012 is awaiting Governor Schwar­zenegger's signature.Sponsored by Rep. Bill Emmerson, the bill mandates...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends on knowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding the full aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectively increase your reimbursement. This informative column will help providers a...

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Perspective

In Our Corner of the World


I called up my buddy Tom the other day to see if he wanted to go get some dinner (that's what we call lunch in the South; that meal you eat in the evening is "supper" around here). Anyway, he said, "No, I have a telephone hearing with a judge and...

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Viewpoint

See you in Hollywood...
By Tina Eichner


We put this issue to bed in the midst of planning for 2007 and packing for a trip to Florida for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2006 National Assembly. Trade shows are a great opportunity to reconnect, re-energize, and ref...

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