Armed for the Future - December 2009

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Armed for the Future: DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics Project Nears Completion
By Judith Philipps Otto


Harshbarger In an exclusive interview with The O&P EDGE, Stuart Harshbarger discusses how the end game is shaping up for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 Program. As this issue of The O&P EDGE goes t...

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SPS Achieves Major Goals in 2009


Fulfilling its mission to provide the best and broadest selection of O&P products available, SPS ends 2009 having achieved some major goals. During this calendar year, SPS has expanded its total warehouse space by 27,000 square feet, initiated...

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Feature

PECOS Policy Could Bring January Denials
By Morgan Stanfield


O&P businesses are receiving warnings from CMS due to a major Medicare policy change that could bring denials based upon the prescriber's Medicare status. PECOS Overview According to Peter Ashkenaz, a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and...

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Feature

Breaking Barriers with Adaptive Snowsports
By Morgan Stanfield


That first day on the mountain, it awoke me again. I had been in a pretty depressed state, but just going down the bunny hill was so exhilarating that I didn't know what to do with myself. -Staff Sgt.

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Today's Consumer

Sgt. Brandon Deaton: Operation Proper Exit
By Chelan M. Keeter


Most of the soldiers posted at Fort Drum, New York, are prepared for two certainties in their military careers: heavy New York snow and a steady deployment cycle. A year abroad followed by a year at home has been the "drum beat" for the four briga...

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Sports

The San Diego Triathlon Challenge: Growing Without Bounds
By Morgan Stanfield


In the 16 years since its inception, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) has evolved from a single race held for one athlete's benefit to a multi-event, four-day festival that contributes to the lives of h...

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Education Outlook

Where Did All the Time Go?
By Michael Carroll


"So much time, and so little to do! Strike that—reverse it."—Roald Dahl When I first began the St. Petersburg College (SPC) O&P program, I seemed to have a lot of free time to get to know my new classmates and get ahead on my assi...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Randy Roberson, CP, LP, CPed, LPed


Randy Roberson admits that over the course of his life's journey, he has walked both the low road and the high road to get to where he currently stands. The one thing that's sure, he says, is that now, "my story is simple: once, I was lost but now...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help get your claims back on track. This month's column tackles your questions about Medicare denials due to invalid place of service, time limits for filing c...

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Progress on Parity

End of Year Parity Update
By Dan Ignaszewski


The ACA and its partners continue to make progress on the state and national levels. With the ongoing focus on healthcare reform in Congress, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) and our partners are working to ensure that prosthetic and orthoti...

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Viewpoint

Videos, Bloggers, PECOS, and Other Big Changes
By Tonja Randolph


This has been a year of major changes for both the O&P profession and The O&P EDGE . In my April 2009 Viewpoint, I announced a major redesign of the oandp.com website. We made a lot of great technological upgrades, improved the navigation, and beg...

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