Environmentally Friendly Fabrication - April 2009

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Environmentally Friendly Fabrication
By Judith Philipps Otto


It's Not Easy Being Green There are dilemmas and conflicts of conscience to be faced when balancing business needs against concerns for the fate of the planet. Unless you're a hermit in a cave, it's no longer possible to remain unaware of the pre...

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Feature

O&P-Specific Recycling: One Man's Solution
By Judith Philipps Otto


The hope of an environmentally conscious O&P field may be realized, thanks to Don James Edmondson, Jr., RTP, who has been researching and masterminding development of an O&P-specific wholesale recycling company. "We plan to focus on the raw-materi...

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Working in O&P: Protecting Yourself from Environmental Hazards
By Chelan M. Keeter


"With the introduction of new technologies and techniques being applied regularly to the fabrication of artificial limbs, so too is the added exposure to potentially harmful compounds." —Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, "Exposure to Toxi...

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Feature

Better Business: Going Green Is Good for Business
By Jane Albritton


News flash: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides $3.2 billion for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. Under the Act, $2.8 billion will be distributed by formula, and $400 million will be distributed t...

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Feature

From Mongolia to America, Part 2
By Shebana Coelho


The Journey Continues Amaglan Donid prepared with great care for her journey from Mongolia to the United States. The 59-year-old Mongolian language teacher with a transtibial amputation had been struggling for more than six years with an ill-fitt...

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Innovations

Dry Needling for Plantar Fasciitis
By Morgan Stanfield


A fast, minimally invasive technique appears to provide long-term relief from plantar-fasciitis pain. Plantar fasciitis is the most commoncause of foot pain in the UnitedStates, accounting for 11-15percent of all foot-pain treatmentand affecting a...

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Sports

Teens Tackle Ice Climbing in Ouray


Wielding an axe and a tenuous grip , Heidi Duce is precariously perched along a 10-story vertical curtain of ice. The 17-year-old high school senior is exactly where she wants to be. As Duce prepares to continue picking her way up the frozen face...

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Perspective

What’s Next?
By Rhonda F. Turner, MBA, JD, PhD, CFom, BOCPO


Having recently lived through a Texas hurricane , the question"what's next" has understandably become a standard in mylife's daily vernacular. However, after a recent conversation withan owner of a post-mastectomy boutique, the phrase took ona who...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Chris Jones, CPO


Chris Jones, CPO, is president and co-owner of Rebound Prosthetics, Denver, Colorado, a full-service prosthetic facility that serves some of O&P's most courageous patients. Jones, who says his patients are his main professional motivation and insp...

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Education Outlook

Seeing and Doing
By Michael Carroll


When the spring 2009 semester began at the college of prostheticsand orthotics at St. PetersburgCollege (SPC), my stress level wasquite low. Granted, the assigned15 chapters of not-so-light readingwas a bit shocking, but the factthat we were start...

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Progress on Parity

Amputees and Patient Advocates Go to Washington
By Morgan Sheets


On Tuesday, March 10, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), along with nearly 200 amputees and patient advocates from 34 states, converged on Washington DC to urge members of Congress to support fair insurance coverage for artificial arms and le...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing in O&P can be frustrating. When you have questions, 'Got FAQs?' is there to help keep your billing processes flowing smoothly. This month's column tackles your questions about the change in elastic garment coverage, patient documentation,...

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Viewpoint

Help Us Grow the New oandp.com
By Tonja Randolph


Have you visited oandp.com today? Yesterday? How many times in the last week?

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Industry Review

Caribbean Rim Conference Reaches Beyond Borders, Disciplines


True to its theme "Partners in Rehabilitation," the 2009 Caribbean Rim International Conference on Physical Rehabilitation did more than reach beyond borders, it reached across disciplines. Sponsored by the Dominican Republic and United States Nat...

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Online Exclusive

Unbelievable but True: Medicare Enrollment Penalty


EDGE Direct occasionally publishes real-life "unbelievable but true" tales about O&P reimbursement, insurance coverage, and other issues. Chris Jones, CPO, sent EDGE Direct a letter, which was written by one of his patients, Cindy Charlton. Her le...

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