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DARPA Revolutionizes Prosthetics: How and Why?
By Judith Philipps Otto


Times change. Perceptions change. Once upon a time, not so long ago, only a relatively small ratio of the population had experienced limb loss or amputation, and only a few dedicated manufacturers and individuals with limited resources focused on...

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Feature

Johns Hopkins Unveils Proto 2
By Mary Rose Roberts


Scientists develop upper limb that promises 27 degrees of freedom.

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Feature

PowerFoot: The Next Step in Ankle-Foot Prostheses
By Laura Calverley


Herr Garth Stewart, a retired Army specialist, lost his left foot andpart of his leg four years ago while serving in Iraq. This summer,24-year-old Stewart tested the PowerFoot, a new powered ankle-footprosthesis developed by researchers at the M...

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Feature

iPed: One Step Closer to Human Function
By Karen Henry


The iPed has a full anatomical 70 degrees range of motion (ROM), and muscular replicating resistance characteristics throughout that range of motion, to provide appropriate movement independent of the ambulated environment. Photographs courtesy of...

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Today's Consumer

Ben Quinn's Competitive Spirit
By Sherry Metzger


On a near perfect summer day in the extreme-sports playground ofLake Tahoe, California, 22-year-old Ben Quinn was found screamingfor help in a vineyard. A morning of skydiving with a friend endedin tragedy after a miscommunication between the two...

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Perspective

Facility Accreditation: The Time Is Now
By Donald O. Fedder, DrPH, FAPhA, BOCO


Most readers are aware that in an effort to limit fraud andabuse, 1 Congress has directed the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) to sharpen requirements to billMedicare. Primary among those requirements is that practitionersmust be...

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Stepping Out

Fabricating Custom-Molded Shoes


Custom-molded shoes, although not always a major part of an O&P practice's revenue stream, can be an important adjunct to securing the confidence of crucial referral sources and clinics. They can be a small but critical investment, which makes...

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Education Update

Passion Found, Hard Work Begins
By Kristin Carnahan


As I start my second year in the master of science inprosthetics and orthotics (MSPO) program at the Georgia Instituteof Technology (Georgia Tech), it is exciting to think back to whereI was just a little more than a year ago. I graduated in 2000...

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Sports

Sports News


Fire Destroys Challenged Athletes Office The main office of the Challenged Athletes Foundation(CAF) in San Diego, California, was destroyed by fireSeptember 22, causing several hundred thousand dollars in damages,according to the San Diego Union-...

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Policy & Practice

Hospitals Look to Exclusive Arrangements
By John Latsko


It should come as no surprise that manyhospitals have tried to reduce their costs by entering intoexclusive or semi-exclusive discounted contracts with theirvendors. Medicare pays hospitals for inpatient care under aprospective payment system that...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for John P. Galbraith, CPed


Having worked for nearly 30 years in the field of pedorthics and orthotics, John P. Galbraith, CPed, has plenty of odd and unusual stories. "Don't get me started," Galbraith says.

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Industry Review

AOPA National Assembly Hits the Jackpot in Las Vegas
By Brady Delander


What happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas.

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Progress on Parity

ACA Expands Advocacy Department
By Morgan Sheets


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) has experienced a greatdeal of success in advancing prosthetic parity at the state level.In order to take this fight to the U.S. Congress, the ACA hired anew staff member to help coordinate the outreach and o...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P shop gets more complicated eachyear. Whether you have Medicare billing or reimbursement questions,a Medicare policy question, or you just need help finding aresource, count on Got FAQs? to help you get the answers youneed.

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Viewpoint

A Single Word Can Change Everything
By Karen Henry


Can't has been a very good word for the O&Pprofession. Rather than setting the stage for restriction andlimitation, can't is setting a brand newstage - one in which the impossible is being challengedhead on. Unwilling to be defined by what cur...

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