Perceptions of Amputations - June 2013

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Perceptions of Amputation: Have They Changed?
By Betta Ferrendelli


Christina Skoski, MD, was a teenager when shereceived her first prosthesis in 1962. It was a crudebut serviceable carved wooden leg. She cried.

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Advocating for Ambulation
By Judith Philipps Otto


Encouraging patient involvement may be a key strategy for subverting a coverage crisis. It's natural. When economic times aretough, consumers hold on to their walletsa little more tightly, and business ownersfocus more on receiving payments for se...

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My Story
By Kojista Ahmadyar


I wait impatiently behind the fences to pick up my little niece fromschool. The girls and boys are lined up and ready to leave. The teacheris trying to keep the children in line, but since there are so many ofthem, and they are very excited to go...

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Cognitive Compromise: Considerations in Individuals with Lower-Limb Amputation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Twenty years ago, a rehabilitation team examined the cognitivefunction of 14 patients with lower-limb amputation secondaryto peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and comparedits observations against the cognitive performance of 14 able-bodied,matched...

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High Public Profile Sets the Tone for Public Policy Impacting O&P Consumers
By Peter W. Thomas, JD


It's been a busy year thus far forO&P public policy. The impendingimplementation of the AffordableCare Act (ACA) has stimulateda flurry of advocacy efforts to ensurethat O&P services are covered benefitsthroughout the new insuranceexchanges, set t...

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Better Business

Helping Practitioners Bridge the Mental Healthcare Gap for Their Patients
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Practitioners who work with individuals with amputationsrecognize that many of their patients face emotionalissues as well as physical challenges in dealing with theirlimb loss, but they may not have the tools to help. Anew program that helps pros...

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Education Outlook

Recipe for a Master’s Degree from Scratch
By Joshua B. Utay, MEd, CPO


Part 4 of our exclusive coverage of the development of the master of science in orthotics and prosthetics program at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Inspiration I was filled with inspiration after reviewingthe 67 completed applicati...

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Perspective

An Introduction to the Amputee Coalition


Q: What is the Amputee Coalition? AC: The Amputee Coalition is a nonprofit voluntary health organization that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care,and preventing limb loss. Our progr...

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Face to Face

Cassie Peeters, CP


A Wisconsin native and youngest of four, Cassie Peeters, CP, says that her family has had a significantinfluence on her career. She received practical advice from her grandmother aboutworking with older patients-"talk slower and make sure you expl...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P facility in today's landscape of enhanced scrutiny and changing billing requirements can leave even the most seasoned billing professional feeling frustrated. If you have a billing question or a question about a denial, "Got FAQs?"...

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EDGE Direct

Standardizing Technology across Rehabilitation: Endolite echelon Stands out in Independent Study


EDGE Direct Endolite is setting the standard for rehabilitation with our revolutionary line of hydraulic ankle/feet systems. Our hydraulic ankles help to decrease energy expenditure, encourages equal loading and reduces pain, socket pressure, and...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Notes from US ISPO


The U.S. Member Society of the InternationalSociety for Prosthetics and Orthotics (US ISPO)is excited to occupy this "corner" in The O&PEDGE to report quarterly on our activities andthose of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics(...

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Industry Review - Conferences

ACPOC 2013: Professionals Helping Kids Be Kids


The Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)Annual Meeting was held April10-13 at the Grand Hyatt Atlantain Buckhead, Georgia. About 200attendees convened to presentand evaluate new ideas, techniques,methodology, and treatment...

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Viewpoint

Spillover Effects
By Karen Henry


The current healthcare climate is making it increasinglydifficult for prosthetists and orthotists to fit theirpatients with devices that provide optimal outcomes. As a result of the Centers for Medicare & MedicaidServices (CMS) Recovery Audit (RA)...

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