Humanitarian Journeys - February 2009

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CNN Hero David Puckett, CPO, LPO: Mission of Love

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"Mercy...blesses him who gives it and him who receives it."      -William Shakespeare David Puckett helps a bilateral amputee stand on new prosthetic feet. How does a man become a hero? David Puckett, CPO, LPO, has spent more than nine years...

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Peter Carey: Transforming Nations

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Though recently retired, Peter Carey, MA, PhD, FRHistS, still carries the mien of the quintessential Oxford don - calm, with an intense gaze, immaculate intellect, and a tendency to inject his comments with wry, deft humor. The 60-year-old author...

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From Mongolia to America Part 1: A Journey of Hope Begins

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Amaglan Donid. Photos courtesy of Shebana Coelho. When Amaglan Donid, a 59-year-old Mongolian woman with a transtibial amputation, arrives in New Jersey, it will mark the beginning of a journey made possible by the Barr Foundation Amputee Assistan...

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Tomorrow's O&P: A Survival Guide Part 2: The Economics of Outcomes

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When, in the January issue, we began delving into what lay ahead for the O&P profession-soliciting insights from industry leaders, educators, and experts-we quickly discovered a great deal more than we expected. Prognostication is not a simple...

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Darwin on Patient Evolution

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As the O&P profession adapts to dramatically changing economic environmental pressures, are patient needs changing as well? Is natural selection at work in a scenario that promotes survival of the fittest? In the 1980s, exercise science recognized...

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The Canadian Compendium: Reinventing O&P Coding North of the Border

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Kirsten Simonsen, BSc, CP(c) In the summer of 2004, history was made during a Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (CAPO) conference: At the first town hall meeting ever held to discuss the need for a unified national nomenclature...

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Tina Mann: The Body Electric

Today's Consumer

"I sing the body electric, I celebrate the me yet to come..."      (Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, via the musical, Fame ) Tina Mann had no interest in getting around for the rest of her life in a wheelchair. But after a snowboarding a...

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BCI Devices Open Doors for People with Disabilities

Innovations

The power of the brain is being harnessed in astonishing ways, and the implications for people with limb loss, paralysis, an inability to speak, and other disabilities is exciting, to say the least. Brain-computer-interface (BCI) technology is ope...

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DS/USA Hosts Ski Spectacular, CAF Buys New Headquarters

Sports

DS/USA Hosts The Hartford Ski Spectacular When Army Major Bruce Gannaway lost his left foot to an explosive device in Baghdad, his lifelong love of skiing might have become a thing of the past. However, on the morning of December 7, 2008, Gannow...

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Realizing Life’s Plan

Education Outlook

At 11 a.m. on a not-so-average Thursday, I was sitting in the auditorium of the St. Petersburg College of Orthotics and Prosthetics (SPC), Florida, listening to a guest lecturer, when it dawned on me where I was and what I was doing.

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Billing and Collections Q&A

Got FAQs?

Running an O&P practice is complicated enough without having to deal with denials. When you have questions, count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep your claims on track. This month's column tackles your questions about addition codes, licensing requ...

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Battling It Out in the States

Progress on Parity

Last year was exciting in the fight for parity. The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) helped to introduce bills in 15 states and pass four new parity laws. New Jersey, Indiana, Vermont, and Louisiana joined Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode I...

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For Love…and for Money

Viewpoint

I've talked with a lot of O&P practitioners over the last couple of years, and one thing that I hear frequently is that people don't enter the O&P profession for the money. Many, if not most, enter the profession to make a positive impact...

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Accreditation Exemption Is Not Permanent


While the January 31, 2009, accreditation application deadlinehas come and gone, confusion remains about which healthcareprofessionala are exempt from the accreditation requirement and,for those who are exempt, whether or not the exemption is perm...

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Endolite Enhances Quality of Life


Endolite is committed to help those who face mobility andquality of life challenges through continued research, innovation,and design of prosthetics that enable amputees to get busy living.We are dedicated to providing a valuable and positive expe...

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