Accounts Receivable: Money Chest or Money Pit? - July 2010

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Accounts Receivable: Money Chest or Money Pit? How to Win the Claims Game
By Miki Fairley


Perrone "Some of these insurance companies are absolute nightmares! Their constantly changing rules are a moving target. You send the additional information they ask for, and they come back and want more.

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It’s Not (Just) About the Billing Office:
Reimbursement Resources for Your Entire Staff
By Morgan Stanfield


"It doesn't matter who the provider is, big or small, O&P businesses should always be looking for ways to improve their performance and efficiency and to maximize their reimbursement. Especially as insurance carriers keep cutting payments, you hav...

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Leveraging Power:
How O&P Professionals Can—and Why They Should—Be Involved in Legislation
By Morgan Stanfield


"Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." —Dwight Eisenhower No matter who you are—...

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Important New Medicare Rules Impact O&P Field
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Johanna Kreisel, JD


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established several new rules of engagement that O&P practitioners and suppliers must follow to receive Medicare payments, and these rules go into effect immediately. Parts of the new rules al...

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Perspective

Forward, Into the Past
By Brian Gustin, CP


Healthcare reform, in whatever machination, is now a reality, and the question for O&P is what direction it will take us in or, more importantly, what path O&P will follow. Maintaining the status quo is not an option. It seems to me O&P has though...

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Better Business Series

Six Steps to Managed Care Contracting
By Christine Duprey


Managed care contracts are the foundation of many practices' revenue streams. Poorly negotiated contracts can result in ineffective patient flow and cost providers thousands of dollars—or even their businesses—so it's essential to get them right t...

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Shop Talk

A New Approach to Sealing Thermoplastic Edges
By Christian Hick and Gunilla Ström, CPO


A technical challenge solved by identifying a thermal window. Sealing thermoplastic edges simply and smoothly in a way that adds to patient comfort has always been problematic. Although the nature of low-temperature thermoplastic makes it ideal fo...

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Sports

Ridgway Continues Reign;
Ball Smashes Marathon Barrier


Ridgway Continues Reign as Limb-Loss Motocross Champ Chris "Ridge" Ridgway won his fourth consecutive gold medal during the fifth annual Extremity Games (eX5), held May 29 at the Baja Acres motocross facility in Millington, Michigan. In defending...

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Residency Report

Solvents, and Thinners, and Germs! Oh, My!
By Stephanie LeGare


I write to you this month from the far reaches of maternity leave. After giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, I'd like to comment on hazards in the workplace during pregnancy. We're all likely to admit that there are times when we ought to use p...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Mandy Myers, CP, CFm


Mandy Myers has always kept an eye on the horizon, and by doing so has found her right road, to paraphrase Dag Hammarskjold. Myers' path began in high school, where she was involved with a club that provided her the opportunity to work with physic...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P practice and keeping billing on track is complex and time-consuming. When you have a billing-related question, "Got FAQs?" has the answer. This month's column addresses your questions about Medicare requirements for therapeutic shoe...

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Industry Review

Leipzig Brings O&P to the World Stage


"It's a conference on steroids." -John Miguelez, CP, FAAOP, president and senior clinical director, Advanced Arm Dynamics, Redondo Beach, California Dancers, performance artists, music, and multilevel product display booths complete with bars, caf...

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Viewpoint

‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…’
By Karen Henry


In the movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy expresses her trepidation about the possible obstacles that lie ahead as she, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow follow the yellow brick road into a dark forest. I don't know if it was Stephanie LeGare's aptly ti...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite and SPS Revise Sole Distribution Agreement


Endolite and SPS are pleased to announce they have modified their distribution agreement by designating SPS as Endolite's sole distributor within the United States. Effective July 1,2010, all Endolite products may be purchased through any of SPS'...

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