2013 Salary Survey - September 2013

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The O&P EDGE 2013 Salary Survey
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


"Paying people fairly is good for business," writes Bill Coleman, a Salary.com contributing writer. " Underpay, and employees will eventually look for a better offer. Overpay, and the payroll budget and profitability will suffer." ( www.salary.co...

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Patient Satisfaction Surveys: Using the Data
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Each year, O&P patients around the nationfill out thousands of patient satisfactionsurveys. Patient care facilities accreditedby the Centers for Medicare & MedicaidServices (CMS) are required to offer thesurveys, but the way the facilities treat t...

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RAC Audits and Delayed Reimbursements: Preparing Your Company for a Cash Flow Crisis
By Betta Ferrendelli


Many who work in the O&P profession believe it is not aquestion of if, but when, a facility will be the target of a RecoveryAudit Contractor (RAC) audit. Smaller, independentO&P firms with one to three facilities are especially vulnerablebecause t...

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Feature

The Dawn of Powered Lower-Limb Prostheses, Part 2
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Modern lower-limb prosthetic components can be broadly characterized by their power requirements. Mechanically passivedevices that require no external power are the most basic of these types of components. In addition, the profession now has acces...

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Feature

New Developments in O&P Medicare Claims and Other Matters
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Christina Hughes, JD, MPH


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS) continues to issue policy changes thatimpact O&P claims audits and other mattersof interest to O&P practitioners. CMS issued new limitson how many claims Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs)can seek t...

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Perspective

Hiring in Today’s O&P Environment
By Jena Baxter


I have been a recruiter for 14 years with the last four spent workingsolely with O&P private practices, manufacturers, and distributors.Recruiting in general is like riding a roller coaster with the up anddown market fluctuations also affecting hi...

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Society Spotlight

Thinking Inside the Box
By Jeffrey A. Nemeth, CPO, FAAOP


Business managers are aware of the constant need to improve and grow theircompanies' bottom line. In the O&P industry, it is particularlyimportant to stay abreast of changes and innovations and, wherepossible, to drive change and innovation in ord...

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Industry Leader

Joan Sanders, PhD: Linking Creative Thinking with Practical Application
By Miki Fairley


Joan E. Sanders, PhD, has been interested in science and mathematicsever since she was young. "I especially loved doing experiments,and when I was a child I was always building mechanicalthings," she recalls.

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Better Business

Preparing Your O&P Business for the Future
By Leslie Pitt Schneider, JD, RN


American singer-songwriter and lyricist Bob Dylan began singing"the times, they are a changin'" in 1964-and the times havecontinued to change. With today's O&P landscape being vastlydifferent from what it looked like five, ten, or 15 years ago, th...

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Stepping Out

Working with Physicians: Footwear Prescriptions
By Dennis Janisse, CPed


In this ever-changing environment ofthird-party billing, government regulations,and burdensome documentationrequirements, OP&P professionals areconstantly seeking out every last advantagewhen it comes to running an efficientpractice. Most OP&P pat...

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Shop Talk

How to Fabricate a Molded KAFO, Part I
By Louise Bensley, CTPO


Of all the various orthotic devices, I fabricate molded KAFOs mostoften. While each molded KAFO (MKAFO) is distinct becauseof patients' varying needs, the basic approach and many of thetechniques remain the same. The process begins when you receiv...

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Today’s Consumer

Georgia Foltz, a Former Nurse Continues an Active Life
By Judy Johnson Berna


Foltz with her grandsons, Austin and Alex Potter. Photograph courtesy of Jeremy Potter. Although she is now retired, in her early years of nursing, GeorgiaFoltz worked in a busy emergency room.

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O&Pedia

The Affordable Care Act


As with any other governmental program, acronyms are a given in the Affordable CareAct (ACA) healthcare legislation, and understanding the terms in the new legislation can take a backseat to daily concerns-even when it can impact your work. The la...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help ensure you are using the most current information when preparing your claims. This month's column answers your questions about addition codes for custom-fabricated ortho...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Notes from US ISPO


As O&P practitioners, a critical characteristicdefining success is the ability to movebeyond local and regional contexts andinteract with a broader range of people.This is why two of the main missions of theInternational Society for Prosthetics an...

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Industry Review - Conferences

2013 FAOP/FCAAOP Annual Scientific Symposium


The 2013 Annual Scientific Symposium of the Florida Association of Orthotists andProsthetists (FAOP)/Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists andProsthetists (FCAAOP) was heldJuly 18-20 at the Hyatt RegencyGrand Cypress, Orlando, Flor...

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Viewpoint

EDGE Quick Credit: It's Here!
By Tonja Randolph


We are excited to officially launch EDGE Quick Credit™with our first clients, Freedom Innovations, Irvine,California, and Össur Americas, Foothill Ranch,California, at the American Orthotic & ProstheticAssociation (AOPA) World Congress this month....

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EDGE Direct

Christin: The Ottobock C-Brace Has Changed My Life


EDGE Direct Christin: The Ottobock C-Brace Has Changed My Life Christin loves to be in motion. Travelling, working in the garden, walking with her dog, Lucy-and getting to out-of-the-way places to fulfill her passion for drawing. Christin has bee...

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