Internal Control: Why Do You Need It? - January 2008

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Internal Control in Your O&P Practice: Why Do You Need It?
By Miki Fairley


After "Jim"* ( names have been changed to protect identity ) had passed his boards, he opened a healthcare practice and brought his old college friend "Bob" in to manage the business. Although Jim was the sole owner, Bob was well compensated...

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The Case for Customer Service
By Karen Henry


The first step to healing, as the saying goes, is admitting you have a problem. Three years ago, Joe Sansone, president of TMC Orthopedic in Houston, Texas, found out he had a big problem. With six locations throughout the city, TMC Orthopedic pro...

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Marketing: Why It's Critical for Your Business


Edited by Karen Henry Francis Moran Francis Moran, founder and managing partner of in media Public Relations Inc., provides straightforward advice on marketing your O&P practice that you can implement today. Q: Why is marketing so im...

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Today's Consumer

Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros: A Year In The Life...
By Brady Delander


Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros will neverforget 2007. For the teenagers, it was a year that started withtragedy on the side of a cold, snow-swept road in Berthoud,Colorado, and ended with the two resuming the activities theylove--this time on Ott...

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Perspective

O&P Facility Nightmare: One Bad Decision Can Sink the Ship
By Teresa Presson


I had the pleasure of working at an O&P facility for 20 years. We provided excellent patient care and were well respected by our patients and the surrounding medical communities. Our staff adhered to the highest ethical standards of providing O&P...

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Outside In

Complementary Care: Athletic and Fitness Training in O&P
By Miki Fairley


Working with athletic or fitness trainers-or attaining these credentials yourself- as a part of your approach to comprehensive patient care can help improve patient outcomes. Dan Minert, MS, CO, ATC, owner of Kensington Valley Orthotic and Spor...

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Education Outlook

Tabula Rasa? Not Anymore!
By Kristin Carnahan


If you have talked to anyone from the master of sciencein prosthetics and orthotics program at the Georgia Institute ofTechnology (Georgia Tech), you may have heard it mentionedthat one weakness in our training is in the area of technicalskills. I...

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Sports

Airborne Amputee Event Lands Safely


The first Airborne Amputee skydiving event, sponsored by The Amputee and Prosthetic Center of Houston, Texas,and others, was a thrill for six amputees, most of whom made theirfirst jumps November 10 in Rosharon, Texas. The Amputee and Prosthetic C...

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Industry Review

Nationwide Ski Tour off to a ‘Spectacular’ Start
By Brady Delander


A smile stretched across Steffini Vandever'sface expressed everything that could be said about the20 th annual Hartford Ski Spectacular, held December 2-9at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. And the proudmother wasn't even on skis. Inst...

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Policy & Practice

Court Rules More DMEPOS Documentation Needed
By John Latsko


In late October 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that an executed Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN) was not sufficient medical documentation to establish the medical need for supplying durable medical e...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Raymond J. Margiano, PhD, CEO


When Raymond J. Margiano, PhD, CEO and founder of Foot Solutions Inc., in Marietta, Georgia, left the corporate world to start Heel Quik!, a shoe repair operation, his father and mentor said, "Shoe repair? You could have had my service station." H...

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Progress on Parity

Full Speed Ahead in the Fight for Parity
By Morgan Sheets


Over the past couple of years, the AmputeeCoalition of Americas (ACA) advocacy department has built anational campaign from the ground up, lobbied lawmakers, createdresources, and provided day-to-day technical assistance for each ofthe state bills...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time consumingto appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatory accreditation, agingtechnology, and increased billing errors, running an O&P shopgets more complicated each year. Q: What is the Medicare rule on a...

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Viewpoint

O&P Predictions for 2008
By Karen Henry


Having just wrapped up an incredible year of advances and innovations in prosthetic technology, I thought it would be interesting to kick off 2008 with some predictions on what the new year might bring the O&P profession. I called on the member...

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EDGE Direct

Welcome to EDGE Direct


The oandp.com Newsletter has a new look--and a newname. The O&P EDGE , in cooperation with oandp.com, isproud to present the first issue of EDGE Direct , yoursource for O&P news and information delivered straight to youre-mail inbox. With EDGE Dir...

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EDGE Direct

Hot Topics


EDGE Direct tracks the most-discussed topics on the OANDP-Llistserv, as well as other sources, and will present those subjectshere in "Hot Topics." From accreditation deadlines and competitive bidding for DMEPOSto the latest news on the fight for...

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