O&P Facility Design: A Blueprint for Success - March 2007

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O&P Facility Design: A Blueprint for Success
By Judith Philipps Otto


Times are too tough to frivol away O&P profits in the form of burnt offerings to the god of architecture. But tight budget notwithstanding, today's O&P business owner is faced with the dilemma of keeping up and making progress or getting run off t...

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To Lease or to Buy?
By Randy Schmitke, CPA, MBA


To make the best decision for your business regarding operations space, carefully consider both financial and strategic aspects. Weigh advantages and disadvantages, and then measure the resulting implications. Remember that no one element of the d...

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Safety Considerations in Facility Design
By Sherry Metzger


Whether you are designing and constructing a new O&P facility or renovating an existing one, patient and employee safety considerations are important. Creating a safe, nurturing, and healing environment for patients that is also functionally effic...

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Conceive-Ability: A New Model for an Old Practice
By Karen Henry


When Jeffrey M. Brandt, CPO, founded Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc., he vowed that his company would be different from the rest. Jeffrey T.

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Today's Consumer

Wyatt Hogue
By Sherry Metzger


Wyatt Hogue shows how his Utah Arm works with his motorcycle. Thirteen years after losing his arm in a car accident, 35-year-old Wyatt Hogue retells the tale with surprising humor and adds that he's more active now than ever before. "I was a pa...

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Perspective

A New Breed for a Changing Landscape
By Todd Saucier, CO(c), RTPO


Editor's Note: As new graduates enter the O&P industry, they bring with them a very different life and career outlook than those entering the workforce 20-30 years ago. Todd Saucier provides his perspective on how business leaders can reach out an...

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Policy & Practice

Educate Your Sales Staff, and Avoid Conflicts of Interest
By John Latsko


The assumption that the federal antikickback law only applies to physicians and indirect or direct remuneration provided physicians to induce them to make patient referrals is incorrect. Remuneration of any kind offered to an orthotist or prost...

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Sports

Sports News


AbilityTrek 2007 Dan Sheret Ertl amputee and long-distance endurance cyclist Dan Sheret recently announced an updated itinerary for AbilityTrek 2007, an adventure in which he will cycle about 16,000 miles across four continents. Sheret's...

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Progress on Parity

Parity Campaign Moving Full Speed Ahead
By Morgan Sheets


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) national parity campaign is making great strides this year. With 22 states now in play and six laws on the books, prosthetic parity is truly becoming a national trend. Texas recently held a rally to seek supp...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


There are a lot of great reasons to pay attention to reimbursement practices. The provider that manages reimbursement poorly is slow to get paid and may even violate Medicares rules and regulations without knowing it. Count on "Got FAQs?" to keep...

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Viewpoint

Changes at The EDGE
By Karen Henry


The   O&P EDGE kicked off the new year with a number of changes-my position as editor being one of them. Last month, Meredy DeBorde, our marketing and sales director, left the publication. She said she is going to "step back and take a nice...

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