Who Is Your Company's Worst Enemy? - January 2007

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Who Is Your Company’s Worst Enemy?
By Miki Fairley


"We have met the enemy, and he is us." This famous quote by cartoonist Walt Kelly's Pogo nails down what could be the real problem in a company crisis. Could your companys worst enemy be you-the O&P company owner or manager? When a business is str...

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Feature

Moving Forward in O&P
By Bill Wilcox, RTP


As Bob Dylan sang in one of his famous songs, "The Times They Are A-Changin'." As O&P colleagues, we need to be able to keep up with the changes. As a person who has been involved in the O&P field for more than 20 years, I have been privileged to...

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Feature

What We Don’t Know About O&P: Can It Hurt Us?
By Judith Philipps Otto


Ironically, in this Information Age, some believe that O&P is starved for information. Despite the online availability of more comprehensive and esoteric data than most brains can process, basic questions that arise about the people and businesses...

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Perspective

Ethics in the Workplace
By Julie Whittinghill


Knowing and using proper ethical practice is vital for newcomers to the O&P field and established practitioners alike. Not only does it enable providers to deliver the best patient care possible, it also acts as a preventative for fines and lawsui...

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Today's Consumer

Today’s Consumer: Sara Ashcroft
By Sherry Metzger


One family's tragedy became another's miracle when Michael and Dawn Kimberly generously donated their bereaved son's computerized leg (C-Leg) prosthesis to then 18-year-old Sara Ashcroft. When the Kimberlys' youngest son, Brad Aaron Kimberly, lost...

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Industry Leader

Ted Thranhardt, CPO(E): An O&P Icon
By Miki Fairley


H.E. "Ted" Thranhardt's first job in orthotics and prosthetics, at age 15, was carving a knee from a block of hickory wood. From that simple beginning, his career has soared for almost a half century.

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Policy & Practice

How Far is Too Far with Marketing Promotions?
By John Latsko


Every business must promote its products and services if it wants to be successful, but marketing strategies that work well for other industries may be problematic if used by healthcare companies. Here are some things to look out for to keep your...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Terry Hammer, CO


Terry Hammer, CO, left the military in 1969 as a first lieutenant. "I guess this is where I got my ideas about paying attention to detail," he says. After his military service, Hammer immediately joined the family business, B & H Orthopedic Lab Inc.

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Sports

Sports News
By Jack Richmond


It's Not Always about the Time Goals and accomplishments aren't always measured on a clock. When I set my sights on the 2006 Marine Corps Marathon, I trained hard and felt I would finish in 4:30, and, barring any problems, maybe even better. On m...

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Progress on Parity

New Year, New Energy in the Fight for Prosthetic Coverage
By Morgan Sheets


As a new year begins, we have a lot to celebrate. In 2006, bills were introduced throughout the country, three new laws were signed, and we had hearings on prosthetic parity in more than a half-dozen states. Rhode Island, California , and Massachu...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Competitive bidding, NPI numbers, DXCode updates, Medicare contractor reform, etc. Keeping up with thenew Medicare 2007 rules and regulation changes can become veryoverwhelming. Count on "GOT FAQS" to keep you informed as youprepare for O&P in 200...

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Viewpoint

Do What You Know You Should…


Lose weight, save money, get organized, quit smoking, get in touch with old friends... New Year's resolutions sure are predictable! Still, it sometimes takes the ritualistic declaration of the commitment to get us started on the right track.

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