A Closer Look at O&P’s Big Fish: Hanger - November 2006

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A Closer Look at O&P’s Big Fish: Hanger
By Miki Fairley


Finding the Balance Between Clinical Quality and Business Metrics Picture yourself as a tightrope walker crossing a wire marked "Success." Your balancing pole has a weight on the right side marked "Quality Patient Care." Your pole on the left i...

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Linkia: What Does It Mean for O&P?
By Miki Fairley


Linkia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hanger Orthopedic Group, has recently ignited controversy as its contract with the insurance giant CIGNA rolls out, sending shockwaves through the O&P industry. The contract was signed in September 2005 but its...

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SPS: Success Burgeons from Small Beginning
By Miki Fairley


California's famed giant sequoias start out as a seed no bigger than a grain of wheat and often grow to a towering height of 300 ft. with a basal diameter of abut 35 ft. Likewise, SPS, Alpharetta, Georgia, started small-occupying only a closet-and...

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IN: Hanger Goes in a New Direction
By Miki Fairley


Traditionally, Hanger Orthopedic Group has focused on patient care facilities, along with distribution of O&P products through SPS, its distribution subsidiary. Now, catching the wave of emergent technologies, Hanger is adding another dimension wi...

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A Lawyer Looks at Monopolies
By Miki Fairley


Could Linkia become a monopoly? Some in the O&P industry have expressed concern over this possibility. As a consequence, could Linkia be liable to antitrust laws?

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Independent Networks Weigh In
By Miki Fairley


What are the independent O&P networks saying? Below are analyses and comments from two of the most prominent, POINT and PrimeCare. Jim Andreassen, President OPGA & POINT Health Centers of America Inc., based in Waterloo, Iowa: "What independents r...

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Hanger Supports Prosthetic Parity
By Miki Fairley


Hanger Orthopedic Group is one of the partners supporting the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) Action Plan for People with Limb Loss (APPLL). Hanger's chief medical officer, John J. Rush, MD, spearheads Hanger's advocacy efforts for prosthetic p...

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Diary of a Mission: Project Hope Belize-Part Two
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 the second half of a diary of the mission trip by Rob...

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Sports

Sports News
By Sherry Metzger, MS


Amputee Athlete Competes in The Amazing Race Ossur, Aliso Viejo, California, congratulates Sarah Reinertsen on her selection as the first amputee to take part in CBS's Emmy-winning reality series, The Amazing Race . Reinertsen previously was a ma...

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Salute!

ROMP: Growth of a Humanitarian Effort
By David Krupa, CP


Far too many amputees in our world remain disabled not because of a missing limb but because of a missing prosthesis. The Range Of Motion Project (ROMP) is a nonprofit organization providing prosthetic rehabilitation and education in the developin...

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Perspective

Consumer-Directed Healthcare: Fad or Future?
By John Latsko


For those who have been in a coma for the past several decades, US healthcare costs continue to escalate annually at double-digit rates, with more and more Americans going without health insurance due to its high costs. While the average American...

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Progress on Parity

Massachusetts, California Ensure Coverage
By Morgan Sheets


On September 7, Massachusetts became the fifth state to ensure comprehensive coverage for prosthetic care under the law. After years of hard work by groups like the Massachusetts Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists and with support from the Amp...

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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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Viewpoint

Keep ‘Eyes Wide Open’ in O&P
By Tina Eichner


The O&P community, like most business disciplines, has a constant eye on its future. Anticipating and preparing for what is ahead is a matter of success and a matter of survival. We all have to keep our eyes open.

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