Lower Limb - October 2010

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The RACs Are Coming: Preparing for Medicare Claims Denials of O&P Care
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Christina A. Hughes, JD


Fraud and Abuse Implications of Future CMS Activities In recent years, heavy emphasis has been placed on catching fraud and abuse in the Medicare program and moving away from the "pay and chase" model that has come to characterize the Medicare pa...

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The Ertl Procedure: Philosophy, Misconceptions, Realities
By Jan Ertl, MD; William Ertl, MD; and Christian Ertl, MD


The originators of the Ertl procedure advocated for a multidisciplinary, team approach. The Ertl procedure originated in post-WWI Hungary, growing out of the need for a surgical reconstruction that would return injured patients to an active lifest...

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The Poetry of…Feet?
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO


When researchers conduct studies to evaluate different medical interventions, they can observe countless parameters. However, some parameters will be more relevant to the immediate concerns of individual patients than others. Ultimately, studies t...

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Lower-Limb Overhaul: A VA Case Study
By Gordon Zernich, CP, BOCP


On April 22, 1968, the year of the Tet Offensive, the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division, Second Battalion, conducted a search-and-destroy mission near Cau Dinh, South Vietnam. Upon hearing the helicopters' sudden approach, the insurgents—the Vie...

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Perspective

Exciting Benefits of Powered Prosthetic Systems
By Lt. Col. Joseph K. Hitt, PhD; Kevin Hollander, PhD; and Thomas Sugar, PhD


Powered prosthetics, bionic systems, and robotic devices being developed in the research laboratory are becoming quite sophisticated. These robotic systems are made possible thanks to advancements in microprocessors, batteries, sensors, and intell...

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Innovations

West Point Bionic Foot Achieves Powered Running
By Morgan Stanfield


Over the past few millennia, lower-limb prostheses have evolved by leaps and bounds. We know that the oldest-known surviving ones, Egyptian big toes made of linen and glue, were followed by items such as the bronze Roman Capua leg, European variat...

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Industry Leader

J. Martin Carlson, CPO, FAAOP: A Quiet Leader
By Laura Hochnadel


"Quiet leadership is what moves and changes the world." -Joseph L. Badaracco, the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics, Harvard Business College, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Every profession and industry has leaders on whom the...

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Extraordinary O&P

Ronnie Dickson: Climbing with Persistence, Heart
By Morgan Stanfield


As you watch Ronnie Dickson spider his way along the underside of a rock overhang, it's easy to think he's a bit of a superhero. As he calmly picks his way across the pocked sandstone face, he seems to violate the laws of physics, thumbing his nos...

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Sports

IPC Swimming Championships
Pistorius Breaks Own 400m Record


Day two at the 2010 IPC World Championships. Photograph courtesy of the IPC. IPC Swimming Championships: Biggest Ever With a total of 649 athletes from 53 countries competing in 181 medal events, the 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) S...

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Education Outlook

New Beginnings
By Matthew Scoggin


It is always interesting to be the first to start something new. You get to establish precedents and create new relationships. In my case, I get the opportunity to be among the first to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, mas...

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Face to Face

Darren Wiens: Going the Distance


It is more than 2,200 miles from Nebraska to Nicaragua, and Darren Wiens, CP, owner of OrthoMedics, Kearney, Nebraska, has gone the distance. He has been involved with prosthetic charity Step Global since its inception two years ago when it was st...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. With healthcare reform and new Medicare mandates coming at a dizzying rate, running an O&P practice gets more complicated every year. This month's column addresses your questions rega...

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Industry Review

ACA: Building Empowered Patients One Conference at a Time


"You're only as strong as the person next to you." -Marlon Shirley Marlon Shirley was referring to building a strong family and peer-support network when he said these words to attendees of the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) 2010 National Conf...

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Viewpoint

Got Purpose?
By Karen Henry


If you live in a major metropolitan area (and perhaps even if you don't), I'm sure you've seen the current fad in merchant marketing-the dancing sign-holder. What surely started as one person with a novel idea about how to attract more customers s...

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Online Exclusive

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