Improving Patient Care - August 2010

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Developing Evidence-Based Care Protocols

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ev·i·dence: noun that which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief; proof. something that makes plain or clear; an indication or sign: His flushed look was visible evidence of his fever. data presented to a court or jury i...

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The Balancing Act: Scene 2

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The first installment of our discussion of balance among individuals with lower-limb amputations examined various techniques that have been developed to quantify balance in this population, and some of the broad influences that can affect balance,...

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High-Fi Flies High in New Prosthetic Interface: Tissue Compression/Release Concept Gains Control

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"I've been an amputee for 35 years, and I am very, very particular about the fit and finish of the socket. In fact, when I was asked to try Randy's new interface socket, I thought, 'Okay, I'll agree to have him mold his new and improved, whiz-bang...

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Cooperative Care: Good for Patients, Good for Business

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"We're just another tool in the practitioner's toolbox." -Todd Anderson, CP, FAAOP, vice president of business services,Otto Bock HealthCare, Minneapolis, Minnesota Charles Kuffel, CPO, FAAOP, president and clinical director of Arise Orthotics &...

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Prosthetists and Technicians: Tell Us What Tools You Need to Innovate

Perspective

Some friends and I started OpenProsthetics.org in 2006, after a year in which I became disappointed in the true state of the art of prosthetic arms, even for a very well-insured customer. I've written the article "Open Arms" about what I believe a...

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Considerations for Biomechanical Evaluations

Stepping Out

Although there are protocols for orthotic treatment based on standard diagnoses, no two cases are the same-every patient presents with a unique set of circumstances. Slight differences in physiology, lifestyle, or even patient temperament can make...

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Amy Palmiero-Winters: Running for Her Life

Extraordinary O&P

On June 26, Palmiero-Winters became the first amputee to complete the Western States Endurance Run,commonly listed as one of the five toughest races in the United States. Photographs courtesy of Amy Palmiero-Winters. On a racetrack in France, peop...

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Extremity Games 5; CAF Has Another Record Year

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Extremity Games 5 Takes Texas by Storm Second-place kayak finisher Jim Wazny strokes to shore. Photographs courtesy of Sean Spangler. Extremity Games® 5 (eX5) was welcomed with genuine southern hospitality into New Braunfels, Texas, despite de...

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O&P Graduates: Advice from the Profession

Education Outlook

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." -Marcel Proust, French novelist, 1871-1922 To honor those individuals who are just beginning their journey into the O&P professi...

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Face to Face: Paul Barker—from Patient to Producer

Face to Face

Like so many others before him, Paul Barker became familiar with the O&P profession for personal reasons. His original intent was to learn more about himself and how his prosthetic limb worked—he has worn a prosthesis since losing most of hi...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?

Running an O&P practice gets more complicated every year. When billing questions or denials have you at your wits' end, count on "Got FAQs?" to help restore your sanity and keep your accounts receivables on track. This month's column addresses you...

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ACPOC/ORA Communities Come Together in Florida

Industry Review

ACPOC's close proximity to Clearwater Marine Aquarium provided the perfect opportunity for a special presentation about Winterthe dolphin. Joe Malo, (left) director of education at the aquarium presented Winter's story, and Dan Strzempka, CPO, (ri...

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Providing Optimal Solutions

Viewpoint

O&P professionals know the feeling of intense pride and satisfaction that comes with finding a solution to a complex problem. But when a patient with a challenging presentation comes into a clinician's office, the best solution may involve a devic...

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SPS Adds Custom Dimension to Its Service Offering

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The challenge for any company that has been around as long as SPS is to reach beyond its comfort zone into new areas and offer new services that fulfill the changing needs of our customers," commented Ron May, president and COO of SPS. In SPS' cas...

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White House Responds to Allegations of O&P Tax on Veterans

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On March 25, when Congress passed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA) to solidify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as "PPACA" or "the Affordable Care Act"), HCERA included a 2.3-percent excise tax on all m...

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