First, Do No Harm - January 2010

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First, Do No Harm: The New Principles for Providing Humanitarian O&P Care in Developing Nations
By Morgan Stanfield


Yesterday, your reimbursement was one live chicken, the equivalent of $5, and a bag of corn. The day before, you paid one of your patients instead—she'd spent her week's food money to buy her ticket for the 150-mile bus ride to your makeshift clin...

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Feature

O&P Technicians Catch the Wave
By Miki Fairley


Although changes in the O&P technician's role, status, education, and training aren't happening overnight, the wave is definitely rolling. Energizing forces include the knowledge explosion throughout the healthcare continuum, the surge of new O&P...

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Perspective

The Future of Physical Restoration
By Doug McCormack


As a nation and as a field, we have not developed a strong, sustainable prosthetics research framework, nor sufficiently transitioned the results of recent research into tangible results that impact patients' daily lives. The window of attention a...

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Shop Talk

Rocking and Rolling with Heavy Metal
By Tony Wickman, RTPO


In the early days of my career, plastic braces were the wave of the future, and conventional metal orthoses were "old fashioned." But over the years, I've managed to find a lot of value in the rugged simplicity of the conventional metal orthosis....

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Sports

Garcia-Tolson Becomes Ironman, a First


A triumphant Garcia-Tolson crosses the Ironman Arizona finish line Rudy Garcia-Tolson became the first Ironman with bilateral transfemoral amputations when he crossed the finish line at the Ford Ironman Arizona in Tempe, Arizona, on November 22....

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Residency Report

Don’t Trust Everything You Learned in Kindergarten!
By Stephanie LeGare, MSPO


From the day I started O&P, I heard about the importance of working with the "healthcare team" to maintain excellent contact, communication, and follow up. Working in a private office, I don't have direct access to the physicians and physical ther...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Byung Ho Kim


Byung Ho Kim's life history reads like an archetypal American story. Born in Seoul, South Korea, the youngest child of five began working at an early age after his father passed away. In 1960, Kim was offered work at a university hospital orthotic...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The new year brings with it new L-Codes as well as discontinued ones. Rather than dealing with time-consuming denials, count on "Got FAQs?" to help keep you on top of your billing. This edition answers your questions about deleted L-Codes for 2010...

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Viewpoint

Jumping into 2010
By Karen Henry


Here at The O&P EDGE, we're jumping into 2010 with both feet. We're starting off the new year with a thriving print magazine and a growing online community. One of the things I'm most excited about is the recent launch of blogs on oandp.com.

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Online Exclusive

Barr Foundation Steps Up to U.S. ISPO Code of Conduct


Providing humanitarian O&P care in a foreign economy and political milieu is fraught with opportunities to not only do great good but also to create problems—potentially undermining local O&P businesses, providing short-term fixes, and creating de...

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