The Future of O&P - January 2009

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Tomorrow's O&P: A Survival Guide Part 1: Trends to Track
By Judith Philipps Otto


When The O&P EDGE asked a dozen of the industry's leading experts to share their visions of tomorrow's O&P environment, we expected to receive a considerable variety of cautions and concerns. Far from being scattershot, however, the responses we r...

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Feature

Looking Ahead: The Future of O&P Manufacturing
By Brady Delander


Major manufacturers celebrate milestones by looking to the future. Over the last couple of years, O&P manufacturing companies have celebrated some major milestones. Last year, Otto Bock HealthCare, Minneapolis, Minnesota, celebrated the 50th anniv...

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Today's Consumer

Jarem Frye: Audacious Invention
By Morgan Stanfield


Photograph courtesy of Morgan Hall When Jarem Frye pushes off the chair lift andglides down a black-diamond slope, you can tell he's good. Hisknees bend rhythmically under a powerful set of quads in theunmistakable two-step of an expert telemark...

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Perspective

We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Us!
By Jim Fenton, CPO, LPO


The December issue of The O&P EDGE contained a poll asking readers, "Do you think the minimum education requirement for those entering the O&P profession as orthotists and prosthetists should be a master's degree?" When I provided my own res...

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Stepping Out

The Future of O&P: A Practitioner's Perspective
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


"You can't learn in school what the world is goingto do next year." With this clear and prescient statement, HenryFord summed up the challenges that we face in a world of constantchange. Driven by computer technology, the pace of change has only...

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Residency Report

Blood, Sweat, and Fears
By Sara Pschigoda


I knew a residency would take time, energy, and discipline, but I didn't realize what else I would have to ante up to be part of the O&P club. As my rotation in the fabrication lab at the University of Michigan Orthotics & Prosthetics Center (UMOP...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Jane Wolking, CP


Jane Wolking, CP, is the facility director at Actra Orthotics and Prosthetics, Madison, Wisconsin, a family-founded business with ten offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Though highly skilled with high-tech limbs and orthotics, Wolking puts equ...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Dealing with denials is time-consumingand complicated. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your claims ontrack. This month's column tackles your questions about repaircodes, electronic funds transfer, authorization codes, andmore.

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Progress on Parity

ACA Calls on Congress to Eliminate Medicare Wait
By Morgan Sheets


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) recently joined a coalition of more than 65 health advocacy organizations to urge the next Congress to end the 24-month wait for Medicare coverage faced by people with disabilities. When the Medicare program...

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Viewpoint

Give It to Me Straight
By Karen Henry


O&P professionals aren't afraid to tell you exactly what's on their mind. For The O&P EDGE, this was especially true once people received their December 2008 issue, which focused on O&P education programs and the National Commission on Ortho...

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EDGE Direct Sponsored Story

Evolution Liners, Velocity Labs Merge


Orlando, Florida-based Evolution Liners and Velocity Labsannounced that the two companies have merged. The merger waseffective January 1. The new company will be called Evolution Industries and willoperate out of expanded premises at the former Ev...

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EDGE Direct

What Does the CMS Surety Bond Requirement Mean for O&P?


There has been considerable discussion on the OANDP-L listservregarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)final rule requiring "certain suppliers of durable medicalequipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies" to post a $50,000s...

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