Medicare Coding & Billing: Not Just a Job…an Adventure!
By Judith Philipps Otto
If you're looking for adventure in exotic and unexplored new territory, fraught with unexpected pitfalls, hazardous traps, ever-changing challenges to your skill and alertness, and the perpetual risk of seizure and imprisonment, it's not necessary...
Controlling A/R with Finance Options
By Kim M. Norton
Offering alternatives can keep the red off your face and away from your bottom line. Patients today are faced with more financial responsibility than ever, but so too are practitioners. As practitioners, you want to provide optimal care and work w...
6 Steps to a Successful Phone Screen
By Kelly Ann Smith
First Contact: Dialing Your Future Employees (and Weeding Out Others) You need to hire a new employee soon, and it can't be just any warm body, but wading through the sea of hopefuls seems daunting. A telephone screen is a pivotal step in the re...
Dennis Gordon: Triple Amputee Isn’t Spinning His Wheels
By Sherry Metzger
Dennis Gordon just wants to be an ordinary guy. But nothing about this 57-year-old triple amputee and multi-sport, competitive athlete is ordinary. After a landmine explosion resulted in the loss of his left leg above the knee, right leg below the...
From Disability to Hyper-Ability?
By Brady Delander
Rapidly advancing technology blurs the line of equality in competition. South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (left) competes next to Italy's Marco Moraglio in a mens 400m race. Pistorius has magnified the debate about whether or not technological advanc...
‘Smart Brace’ Brightens Scoliosis Treatment Outlook
By Miki Fairley
Young scoliosis patients can unintentionally compromise the effectiveness of their orthosis as their energetic lifestyles and daily activities can cause it to loosen. Now a solution is at hand-a "smart brace" which automatically tightens itself if...
ISPO World Congress Draws Delegates from 68 Countries
David Condie, Knud Jansen Lecture Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was the setting for the 12th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). Held from July 29 to August 3, the Congress drew in nearly 1...
Paddy Rossbach, RN: Consumer Power
By Miki Fairley
Paddy Rossbach is truly a Renaissance woman-a passionate driving force for amputees' quality of life, a staunch, outspoken consumer advocate, an organizer, a mover and shaker-and a noted horsewoman in Arabian dressage who has placed high in compet...
A Guide to Disorientation
By Ronald A. Roiz, MSPO
A "Whirling Dervish" is a Turkish dancer who ceremonially spins around to represent man's ascent toward perfection and a greater ability to service the whole of creation. For the first month of my residency, I too have been whirling; however, I...
CAF, PC Athletes Take on the Big Apple' The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), San Diego, California, traded sandy beaches and surfboards for skyscrapers and subway trains, as CAF representatives, athletes, and supporters converged on New Y...
Face to Face
Five Questions for David Moe, CP(c)
David Moe was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and at the age of 14 he started sweeping floors and pouring plaster at Northern Alberta Prosthetic & Orthotic Services Ltd., his family's business in Edmonton. For Moe, that was all it took-he h...
Everybody Needs to Be EDGY about This
Being edgy is hard on your health atleast that's what Doc is always telling me. I've been doing prettygood not letting things get to me. Pretty good indeed...until theother day when I was talking to my cousin, who practices twocounties away.
Progress on Parity
Portrait of an Activist: William Samuels
By Morgan Sheets
The arrival of autumn tells us that we only have a few short months to prepare for the 2008 legislative session, which is just around the corner. The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is excited to take the fight for parity to more states than ev...
By Lisa Lake-Salmon
Denials are difficult to identify andtime consuming to appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatoryaccreditation, aging technology, and increased billing errors,running an O&P shop gets more complicated eachyear. Q: I have searched everywhere for a...
By Karen Henry
As we close out this issue of The O&P EDGE , we're well into the planning season for our next year of editorial content. Planning for the future inevitably leads to an examination of the past-what has worked, what has not worked, and...
Ossurs new and improved Mauch®
Knee has a great new look with a tough aluminum frame and
mechanical extension stop, making it the most durable, secure knee
Includes the following new and enhanced features:
- Increased durability, engineered to endure the toughest
- Increased weight limit to 136kg (300 lb.).
- The new advanced-connection method between the cylinder, frame,
- Spherical bearings protect the cylinder from damaging torsional
forces, reducing the chance of failure.
- Side-play is minimized by specially designed bushings of all
moving parts in the knee.
The Ortho Remedy Inc. has instructed almost 300
practitioners in the fabrication of the
EndoFlex® prosthesis. It is a low-cost,
lightweight monolithic prosthesis that has proven efficacy in
todays prosthetic industry.
Since the hands-on educational process has been expensive and
time consuming, The Ortho Remedy has created a complete
EndoFlex Fabrication Starter Kit.
The starter kit has a video collection,
including the EndoFlex Detail video for your physicians and
referral sources, and the Fabrication Course video, which covers
all aspects of EndoFlex fabrication. All past
students can receive the Course DVD free of charge.
The Ortho Remedy
New from Endolite, the TT PRO
perfectly balances shock absorption and energy management.
- Energy-efficient coil spring for vertical compression.
- New torsion rod provides 30 degrees of rotation each direction
from neutral position.
- New bearing surface responds over a greater range of the stance
- Instant compression at heel strike and smoother energy return
- 30mm pylon and clamp option available.
The PacificTM Adjustable
Collar is designed to provide your patients with effective
control of cervical spine motion. Now, when necessary, that control
can be extended with a new Thoracic Extension (TE) option.
Pacific TE includes the following features:
- Intended use is for low cervical/high thoracic
- Available in one, height-adjustable size.
- Quickly and easily snaps on to the Pacific Adjustable
- Can be purchased separately or as a fully assembled CTO.
SPS customers receive a 10-percent discount on all
purchases of the Summit Lock (p/n CD101) and new
LowPro Summit Lock (p/n CD102) between September 1
and October 31, 2007.
The new LowPro Summit Lock from Coyote Design
is much easier to use and cover cosmetically. In addition to a
mechanical proximal lock, the new LowPro Summit
also controls rotation. It is ideal for amputees with long limbs
and limited space or low tolerance for distal locking
Advance Footwear, a division of SoleTech,
encompasses the Advance Comfort Footwear line as
well as the original Advance Orthopedic Footwear
line. SoleTech has engineered the innovative
Advance Comfort Footwear line to offer features
and benefits that are unequaleddepth, roominess, and style.
Advance Comfort Footwear features an incomparable
level of comfort, while the styling rivals that of todays best
walking and comfort shoe brands.
Whether your patient needs the maximum depth of Advance
Orthopedic Footwear or the medium depth of Advance
Comfort Footwear, Advance can meet all of your needs for
style and function from one source.
The BRAE orthosis is designed for
the management of forearm rotation contractures using a static
progressive stretching protocol. The orthosis is useful for
treatment of forearm contractures as a result of upper-extremity
fractures and injuries. Forearm rotation is adjusted by a dual
offset channel with a patented overlapping adjustable rotation
The BRAE orthosis includes the following
- Maintains post-surgical forearm rotation positioning.
- Decreases substitution that can result from misalignment of the
mechanical to anatomical axis for forearm rotation.
- Maintains static progression of infinite positions in both
supination and pronation.
Fabrication (ACF) celebrates its 20th year with a new
facility from the ground up. ACFs sister patient
care company, Certified Limb and Brace (CLB) has also been
extensively expanded and remodeled.
Known as pioneers of CAD/CAM, ACF and CLB were the first
commercially available sources of O&P CAD services in North
America. ACF and CLB are also know as leaders in pediatric care and
upper-extremity technology, serving many childrens hospitals and
practices across the country.
"Were still growing up, still hitting hard, still aggressive,"
said Henry Richter, CPO.
If youre looking for custom fabrication at central fab prices
and timelines, contact ACF today.
American Central Fabrication
Comfort Products BK X-Silver
ShrinkerTM, made with X-Static® fiber, has
been receiving very favorable comments since its introduction.
- X-Static fiber has proven antimicrobial properties.
- Tapered compression from the closed to open proximal end.
- Easy-on grip top.
- Value priced vs. competitive product.
- Available in five widths and three lengths.
Practitioners are invited to call for a FREE
SAMPLE product from Comfort Products, the innovation
leader in knitted O&P products.
OPTECs new Stealth LSO and
LSO Low-Profile are revolutionary orthoses for
practitioners who desire the best for their patients.
Our patented locking system makes donning and doffing simple for
patients of all ages, providing maximum compression with minimal
effort. The back panel automatically adjusts to any lordosis. The
front and back panels are removable to provide the right amount of
support and compression at all stages of rehabilitation. The sleek,
innovative design makes this orthosis virtually undetectable under
The Stealth is available in six unisex sizes
with neutral or pendulous abdomen.
SPS introduced the new AE liner
from ALPS, an unparalleled combination of the softness, strength,
and elasticity found only in the ALPS EasyGel with the comfort and
durability users expectall at a price tag youll love.
The 3mm uniform profile AE liner is available
in sizes 28-53cm to fit a wide range of patient needs.
- Limited vertical stretch to reduce movement of redundant
- High circumferential stretch to assist form fitting.
- Wider distal end to ease donning and displace pressures from
The Grommet Lock by Coyote
Design, created as a pediatric upper-extremity lock, has been
improved to allow lower-extremity use for kids up to 100 lb. Its
water- and wear-resistant construction make it ideal for kids in
any environment. It
features a pin with either 10mm, 6mm, or ¼ in. x 20mm thread,
so it can fit any liner. Extremely lightweight and durable, it can
be modified for minimal clearance.
SPS customers who fell in love with the
Spinomed® brace will be pleased by recent
enhancements that have led to production of the Spinomed
III brace from Medi USA. The redesigned
Spinomed III has been approved for L-Code
- Garment and rigid portions that are customizable for each
- Full-width posterior panel and anterior panel contained in
moisture wicking material and are removable as the patients
Visit us at AOPA booths 300 and 412.
Fillauer Orthotics and Prosthetics Inc.'s
King PinTM Lock, the new and improved
knee joint, has the strength to rule.
The joint includes the following key
- Robust, stainless steel construction.
- Accepts 3/16-in. or 1/4-in. uprights.
- No lubrication required.
- Enhanced release lever allows for finger-pull or bail rod.
- Contained mechanism keeps out debris.
- Durable, rugged design.
- Sleek appearance.
- Secure, automatic locking at full extension.
- Large and small sizes available.
Visit us at AOPA booth 1012.
Ossurs new Iceross® Synergy
is the first liner to use the unique properties of two different
silicone durometers to provide the perfect balance of comfort and
stability. Active Skin Care and the Wave feature make this the most
durable, comfortable, and flexible liner available.
Designed specifically for moderate to active patients, the
Iceross Synergy offers outstanding impact
protection and stability in the outer layer of shock-absorbing
DermoSil® silicone, while a softer DermoSil inner layer
provides superb comfort and suspension.
Available in 14 standard sizes and will retrofit to any Iceross
standard 3mm liner. Nine-month warranty.
The new LimbLogicTM VS
system from Ohio Willow Wood is the first fully integrated vacuum
system on the O&P market and is featured on the cover of The
As the first water-resistant system on the market, the
LimbLogic VS represents a significant design
advancement in vacuum technology. The streamlined system features a
lightweight (210g, 4-hole housing) and quiet design with "Set It
and Forget It" technology. Features include a "smart leak"
detection that notifies users of leaks and limits of pump
Otto Bock unveiled two new auto expulsion valves
that offer unique alternatives to existing threaded valve systems.
The 21Y14 Push Valve and 21Y15
MagValve solve the problem of expulsion valves that get
cross-threaded and become difficult to use. Patients with limited
hand mobility will appreciate the Push Valves
simple design. It uses levers to hold the valve cap in place. The
MagValve features a lower-profile design and uses
magnetized components to secure the cap.
Otto Bock HealthCare
The new DuraLite foot by Ohio
Willow Wood provides active amputees (U.S. level 3) with a
lightweight, responsive foot for their prostheses. The foot weighs
356g, and product height can be adjusted by prosthetists from 13
in. to 6½ in. Other features include split heel for stability
on uneven terrain, urethane toe pad for medial/lateral stability,
and proximal attachment option of a pyramid receiver or rotating
Amputees who tested the DuraLite foot raved
about its responsiveness during daily activities, including yard
hiking, and jogging.
Ohio Willow Wood
The new SilverSheath from Comfort
Products helps eliminate skin problems common to many liner
wearers, including dermatitis, rashes, and odorall without
compromising suspension. Embedded with X-Static® silver yarn
in the textile fiber, the natural anti-microbial action of the
silver will eliminate the bacteria and fungus that are often the
cause of many skin problems. The sheath is reinforced for greater
wear resistance and has a unique mesh design, which stretches to
conform to shape while allowing necessary ventilation. Available in
either a standard version or with a 3S hole.
PEL Supply Company
Clean air is a major concern for orthotic and
prosthetic facilities. The unique Kleenaire
purification system is an invaluable tool for making your facility
The pre-filter in the patented Kleenaire system
filters dust from the air while the charcoal filter absorbs
- No disruption to employees or facility.
- Uses standard power.
- Continuously recirculates air, eliminating need for costly
ductwork for outside ventilation.
- Easy, wall-mount installation.
Visit us at AOPA booth 833.
Orthotic & Prosthetic Components Inc.
SprayzoinTM is an
easy-to-use, hands-free Tincture Benzoin Compound spray in a
special spray vehicle. This non-aerosol, economical, antiseptic,
and antipruritic spray toughens skin and increases adhesion of
bandages without irritation. It is used by surgeons, orthopedists,
orthotists, and prosthetists. A cost-effective replacement to
Aerozoin©, the low-cost spray comes in a
shatterproof plastic bottle.
Sprayzoin is available through wholesalers,
distributors, and direct, as well as on GPO contracts. Dont wait.
Call today to obtain free samples.
BridgePointMedical, an orthotics and prosthetics company,
will solve your business issues and allow you to focus on your
patients. We are not brokers, a buyout fund, or corporate CPAs. We
are well-funded, experienced, and focused on creating a great
patient care company. We can provide immediate cash and help you
plan your future. We also offer a FREE practice
If you are interested in finding a partner to run the business
side of your practice, contact us. All discussions will remain
The Pedors Stretch
WalkerTM offers a seamless and stretchable
forefoot that provides a comfortable fit for anyone with edema or
forefoot ailments such as bunions, corns, hammertoes, and joint
pain associated with arthritis.Stretch Walker also
is ideal for the active walker with diabetes. Stretch
Walker is available with speed-lace or touch closure and
has up to 5.16-in. additional depth with two removable inserts. The
Vimbram® Q121 Traction Control soling ensures comfort and
durability for casual workday or weekend play.
Anyone who uses nylon hose for vacuum forming or
laminations will love FeatherStretch nylon from Rx
Textiles. This strong, lightweight material stretches way more than
nylon hose. It has a sheer knit that creates an excellent finish on
thermoplastics and laminated sockets, and it comes on a convenient
25-yd. roll. The regular size (2¼-in. wide, fits 26-in.
circumference) should fit any below-knee application, and the wide
size (3¼-in. wide, fits 56-in. circumference) stretches to fit
the biggest above-knee applications.
Available through Cascade Orthopedic Supply, PEL, and SPS.
Circle #181 on the reader response card, get more information about
us on oandp.com, or visit AOPA booth 804 and
receive a FREE sample.
Engineered Silicone Products (ESP), Newton, New
Jersey, introduces its new self-adhesive silicone,
which is easy to use and can be applied anywhere a smooth surface
or light padding is needed. Peel the paper backing from the
silicone and place in the area desired for simple
and quick application. Trim the self-adhesive
silicone to the desired shape for an unlimited number of
The clear, self-adhesive silicone is super thin
(.51mm) and easily conforms to irregular shapes. Call today or
visit ESPs website.
See us at AOPA booth 839.
Horton Technology Inc. introduces the new
Horton Click" footplates and two new click
options. The footplates are made with thicker plastic and ribbed
for strength. Due to the increased thickness, the Markell screw
will no longer work. Markell shoes are still recommended, but now
when you order a Horton Click, screws for the
thicker plate will be provided. Metal footplates are also now
available for the older children. Another addition to the
Horton Click family is the ten-degree kicker. The
ten-degree kicker holds the shoe in ten degrees of dorsiflexion and
is available at no additional cost.
Horton Technology Inc.
The new Black Iron Trainer is a
lighter version of the heavy-duty, high-performance Black Iron
Master. While the Black Iron Trainer is smaller
and lighter in weight, it is capable of handling the wide range of
handle diameters that are encountered in modern fitness and
The completely manual operation and positive locking and
unlocking design provides uncompromising security and stability for
bench pressing, dumbbell flys, dead lifts, pull-downs and more. The
Black Iron Trainer, with a load-rating of 440 lb.,
also carries a smaller price tag than its larger cousin.
OrthoFeet is introducing the Manhattan
Womens collection: innovative shoes that blend unique
comfort features with a chic look. The shoes are built on
anatomical extra-depth lasts that accommodate thick orthotics,
while the hidden-depth design provides the appearance of stylish
shoes with regular depth. The uppers are made of soft, supple
leather that shapes to the contours of the foot for customized fit
and comfort. The protective lining, with seam-free forefoot design
and soft foam-padded fabric, enhances comfort and provides
excellent protection against irritation.
Allard USA introduces a stainless steel version of
the C.H.EC.K.TM (Comfortable
HyperExtension Control Knee brace). This new stainless steel
version offers increased AP/ML stability and removable condylar
pads for closer fit. Long uprights reduce the pressure required on
the femur and tibia to control hyperextension. Dual-axis joints
allow the four uprights to move independently, from extension to
flexion, enabling the orthosis to follow the natural movement of
the leg and prevent downward migration. Artificial leather
laminated with foam and soft velour creates the suspension system
for the frame.
Sometimes simple is best. Use Bondo and scotch
cast to mount the socket on the alignment plate
and move your 4-bolt adaptor anywhere you want. Add an angle plate
from Bulldog Tools and you're set.
Yes, it's large. But you'll be amazed at the time it can save.
Once the alignment is complete, swap it out for one of our mounting