Alternative Healthcare Delivery Models and O&P - January 2014

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Alternative Healthcare Delivery Models and O&P
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


New healthcare reimbursement models that lean towardlarge organizations, coordinated and standardized care,and bundling payments are already a reality in the U.S.medical world. Soon enough, these models will become asignificant presence in the O&P...

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Coordinating Care from Amputation through Rehabilitation
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


They say no man is an island, and that is likely true with regard to healthcareprofessionals providing the most effective O&P care. According to the experts The O&P EDGE spoke to, the more members of a patient's healthcare team coordinate with eac...

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The Influence of Goals on Early Adaptation to Lower-Limb Amputations
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In addition to the physical retraining that often accompaniesan acquired disability, there are a number of emotional adjustmentsand adaptations that need to occur as well. In manyinstances, the goals and aspirations that preceded the injuryor trau...

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Pending O&P Legislation Impacts Private Insurance Coverage, Medicare, and Veterans
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Sara Rosta, MA


The current Congress has been criticized forbeing unproductive when comparing the numberof bills passed to previous Congresses, but thathas not stopped the O&P profession from seekinglegislative solutions to O&P problems. Thereare three important...

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Perspective

Benefits of International Communication
By Gerald Stark, MSEM, CPO, LPO, FAAOP


In our busy lives, there is always an overarching sense of economy with respect to attention, activity, and financial support of professional groups. Many of us ask the question, "Why do I belong to professional groups, and what are they really do...

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Better Business

Changing Our Language and Becoming Part of the Coordinated Care Team
By D. Scott Williamson, MBA, CAE


The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Accountable Care Organizations(ACOs), person-centered care, coordinated care—no matterwhat you call it, a force is being applied to the American healthcaresystem unlike any we've seen in our lifetimes. That forcewill...

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Shop Talk

Are You a Great Technician?
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


As a judge of the technical fabricationcontest at last year's American Orthotic& Prosthetic Association (AOPA) WorldCongress in Orlando, Florida, I noticedsomething I hadn't really thought muchabout before: There are some really greattechnicians o...

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Education Outlook

Master's Program Profile Series: California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)


As evidence-based practice becomes increasingly important, The O&P EDGE is providing a series of articles to explore how the next generation of O&P professionals is being educated in preparation to begin their careers. This series of articles take...

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Sports

Wilma Rudolph Courage Award; ADN Hall of Fame Inductees


Stockwell Presented with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award Melissa Stockwell, CP, was presented with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award from the Women's Sports Foundation, at an October 2013 ceremony in New York, New York. She is the first female Am...

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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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Industry Review - Conferences

PFA's 54th Annual Symposium & Exhibition Sets Foot in Boston
By Doug Chartier


The Pedorthic Footcare Association's (PFA) 54th Annual Symposium& Exhibition arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 30,2013, the same day the Boston Red Sox clinched the World Serieschampionship down the street at Fenway Park. The PFA's Annu...

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Viewpoint

Something for Everyone
By Tonja Randolph


As The O&P EDGE enters its 12th year, we do sowith a renewed commitment to provide beneficialinformation to our O&P professional readers,their referral sources, and their patients. Inhis first of six articles, Peter Thomas, JD, highlightspending O...

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Online Exclusive

A Coordinated Care Model for an Orthotics Practice


The January issue of The O&P EDGE features an article about coordinated care models from amputation through rehabilitation. In this EDGE Direct exclusive, pediatric specialists Brett Boutin, CO, and Barbara Boutin, CO, who own and operate Orthotic Specialists, Phoenix, Arizona, describe their orthotic model of coordinated care.

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