L-CODES: Are They Meeting the Needs of O&P? - August 2008

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L-Codes: Are They Meeting the Needs of O&P?
By Miki Fairley


Regardless of your view toward the United States L-Code system and its reimbursement methodology, there is no arguing that the system is complex, as shown by the plethora of coding seminars, manuals, and software available to help navigate its maz...

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L-Codes: What's Wrong? What's Right?
By Judith Philipps Otto


L-Codes make great scapegoats. According to many practitioners, the woes of the world begin and end with L-Codes. But while the United States unique O&P reimbursement system has some flaws, and some cracks have appeared in its foundation over time...

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L-Code Obstacles: Experience from the Front Lines
By Gerald Stark, CPO/L, FAAOP, Beth Stiner, C.Fom


Two O&P professionals discuss the four main obstacles to dealing with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Coding Committee and the Statistical Analysis Durable Medical Equipment Regi...

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Perspective

Amazing Technology—But Not for Everyone
By Edgy


I admit it. When it comes to all this new prosthetic technology, my "edge" is a little dull. Still, I keep hearing about it in the news.

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Sports

NASCAR Meets Accessible Racing
By Morgan Stanfield


Brian Hanaford felt sorry for himself. He had his reasons. After a serious head injury ended his career as a champion runner, he was temporarily paralyzed and spent years slowly reclaiming everyday abilities.

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Stepping Out

Foot Orthotic Biomechanics, Part II
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


In the May 2008 issue of The O&P EDGE, I provided an overview of early foot-orthotics theory, as well as a brief history of arch supports. Seminal work by Merton Root, DPM, on the relationship of the subtalar joint (STJ) to the midtarsal joint, n...

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Today's Consumer

Gary Ashe: Modifying the Perfect Fit
By Chelan M. Keeter


Gary Ashe knows what it means to put his life at risk. In 1969, at the age of 19, Ashe was sworn into service as an Army reservist by his father, Major Charles J. Ashe.

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Alfred 'Denny' Denison, CLP


At 84 years old Alfred Denison, CLP, may be the oldest practicing prosthetist in the United States. Though he was drafted into the military before graduating from high school, his attention to detail, dedication to patient mobility, and six decade...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Whether you have a question about L-Codes, documentation, or claim denials, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your O&P shop running smoothly. Q: Recently, you published a question that was directed at additions to L-1845.

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Industry Review

CAPO Covers the Future of O&P


The Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (CAPO) welcomed delegates, presenters, and exhibitors to Winnipeg, Manitoba, for its 16th annual conference, held June 18-21. There were 175 delegates in attendance, who were met by 150 exh...

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Industry Review

ACA's 2008 Annual Conference Is One for the Record Books


Shortly after the 2007 Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) annual conference , the ACA announced that its president and CEO, Paddy Rossbach, RN, would be retiring early in 2008. Rossbach kicked off the 2008 conference, held June 19-22 at the Renais...

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Progress on Parity

Summer Fun...Parity Style
By Morgan Sheets


As the weather heats up, so does the fight for prosthetic parity. Many activists are using this time to increase the momentum behind the Amputee Coalition of Americas (ACA) initiatives to pass legislation that will create a consistent standard for...

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Viewpoint

Knowledge Is the Best Defense
By Karen Henry


L-Code. I've counted the letters,and it's not a four-letter word although you might think it is if you bring it up in conversation with your O&P colleagues. Conversations about L-Codes evoke groans, grimaces, and heavy sighs from Medicare-weary pr...

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EDGE Direct Sponsored Story

Expulsion Valve Now Includes Vacuum Valve


Velocity Labs has expanded its new Velocity Expulsion Valve toinclude a vacuum hookup valve. The new Vacuum Valvehousing fits into the existing VMP-007 mounting plate and allows avacuum tube to connect to the socket through a 3/8-in. spacerplated...

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