Where Ethics and Economics Meet: Balancing Patient Needs and Reimbursement Challenges - February 2014

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Where Ethics and Economics Meet
By Miki Fairley


Balancing Patient Needs with Reimbursement Challenges and Other Ethical Dilemmas In the course of daily patient care and running businesses,O&P practitioners and business owners confrontmyriad ethical dilemmas and decisions, someof which are ea...

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Orthotic Intervention for Those without Physical Limitations: An Ethical Perspective
By Matt Wegmann


John (name changed to protect his identity) presented at ourclinic with a prescription for bilateral AFOs but had no physicalindication for treatment. He suffers from xenomelia, arare condition "characterized by a persistent desire to acquirea phy...

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The Changing Patient Conversation
By Linda M. Hellow


Managing patient expectations when technological advancements stir patient desire for the latest state-of-the-art device. Talk-show host Katie Couric interviews awoman who writes in cursive with a bionichand. The evening news shows BostonMarathon...

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The Dobson DaVanzo Report: What It Says and Why It Matters
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In today's healthcare climate, cost matters. As healthcare expensescontinue to rise, third-party payers increasingly scrutinize thecost-to-value ratio of covered services. As O&P clinicians, we seeand understand the functional value of the service...

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I Think I Can: Stroke, Self-Efficacy and AFO Usage
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The results are in, and in the management of poststrokehemiparesis, "an AFO works," 1 according toSarah Tyson, FCSP, MSc, PhD, of the University ofSalford, School of Health Sciences, Manchester, England,and Ruth Kent, BMedSci, MBBS, MD, FRCP, of t...

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Perspective

Recreational Support Groups are Important for Amputees
By Robert D. Haas


It is hard to express the feelings of shock and despair I felt waking up in a hospital after my leg had been amputated without warning or mental preparation on July 3, 2012, at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Ohio. My first th...

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Today’s Consumer

Ken Wisham, Finding the Right Fit
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Photographs courtesy of Todd Clay. Wisham displays the prosthetic foot combination that has provided a significant change for him. From a body builder in training to having bilateral amputations,Ken Wisham says he is still shocked at how his life...

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Shop Talk

Creative Outcomes Using Resin Systems
By Justin Eitel


As technicians, we're expected to beable to conquer uncommon fabricationchallenges. Creating a lightweight,thin structure that will withstand all theforces applied throughout the device isthe minimum requirement. In addition,we are often tasked wi...

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Sports

Hartford Ski Spectacular / 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Preview


Hartford Ski Spectacular Cameron Clapp shows off the homemade prosthetic foot he uses for skiing. Photographs courtesy of Laura Fonda Hochnadel. Subfreezing temperatures and total accumulation of about a footof snow were posted in Breckenridge,...

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Education Outlook

Master’s Program Profile Series: Loma Linda University (LLU)


The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accredited master's level O&P educational programs. This month we look at LLU's School of Allied HealthProfession's entry-level Master of Science...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials can be frustrating to handle and difficult to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to provide you with the information you need to save time and frustration. This month's column answers your questions about Medicare referring provider edits and TL...

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Viewpoint

Reflections on Ethics
By Andrea Spridgen


Ethics are a set of moral principles that govern aperson's or group's behavior. My undergraduate universityencouraged students to explore ethics in itsmission statement by asking the question, "Howought we to live?" Many of you can relate to theex...

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Online Exclusive

Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: Academy Session Sneak Peeks


The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists’ (the Academy) 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium will be held February 26–March 1 in Chicago, Illinois. Here are three session previews to help you plan your schedule there.

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Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: ACPOC Sneak Peek


The Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) Annual Meeting will be held March 5–8. Here’s a taste of the one of the sessions.

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New Össur Academy Orlando


State-of-the-Art Facility Dedicated to Clinical Education and R&D Celebrates Grand Opening March 6 and 7. Össur and Evolution Industries are proud to announce the grand opening of the new Össur Academy in Orlando, Florida.

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Össur Announces RHEO KNEE 3


Össur is pleased to announce the launch of RHEO KNEE 3, our third generation microprocessor knee and the latest technology for people with lower-limb loss.

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