Growing O&P in Developing Countries - May 2014

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Growing O&P in Developing Countries

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O&P nongovernmental organizations(NGOs) in developing countries don'tjust fit and fabricate devices. Theystimulate local economies, promotehealthcare infrastructure, and empowerpeople with disabilities. Waag Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands, is net...

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Cambodia Trust Strives to Exceed

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In " Growing O&P in Developing Countries " in this issue, sources describe challenges associated with making O&P nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) successful in developing countries. The O&P EDGE shares how one NGO has grown to deliverconsisten...

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What If…? Preparing Patients with Limb Loss for Travel

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Confucius said, "Wherever you go, go with all your heart." I say, wherever you go, go with an open mind, a willingness to laugh, and an extra pair of shoes-and for those of us living with limb loss, extra prosthetic accoutrements. I am an experien...

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Lessons from Scotland: Best Practices in the Use of AFOs Following Stroke

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The mammoth American healthcare system rarely appears to be too interested in the world of O&P.On those rare occasions when our profession does garner some attention, the last voice the Centersfor Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seems to consid...

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Getting the Most from Your Practice by Looking Within: Part 2 of a Four-Part Series

Better Business

Part Two: Examining the Financial Impacts of Your Business Decisions Every decision you make, from hiring and training office personnel, to maintaining patient documentation, to billing processes, managing contracts, and monitoring accounts rece...

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Is Lighter Better? Thoughts on the Relationship between Device Weight and Function

Academy Society Spotlight

Most prosthetists agree that prosthetic devicesshould be as lightweight as possible whileincluding the safest, most efficient, andmost functional componentry possible.Contemporary ankle-foot components canadjust to changes in slope, making walking...

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Miranda Cashin: Tall Tales to Sci-Fi

Today’s Consumer

When asked how she lost her right leg, there was a time MirandaCashin, 26, would have spun a tall tale of a five-year-old girllearning to surf with her dad when a shark came and rippedher leg off. If you ask her that same question today, she tells...

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How to Make a Surge Tank that Works (For Next to No Money)!

Shop Talk

We have been selling an arch press for several yearsnow, and as a part of the sales process, we try to helpour customers set up the new system. This may includethings like vacuum pumps, plumbing, ovens, and mostcommonly, either a surge tank or a w...

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Hallux Limitus and the Vital Operation of the First MPJ

Stepping Out

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world. -Archimedes of Syracuse Human ambulation is a fascinating subject.Anthropologists claim that the evolutionto upright bipedal locomotion was one ofthe mo...

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Master’s Program Profile Series: Georgia Institute of Technology

Education Outlook

The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accreditedmaster's level O&P educational programs. This month we feature the Georgia Institute of Technology Master of Science in Prosthetics and...

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Market-driven O&P Philanthropy—It’s Not an Oxymoron

Perspective

It has become a common sight when I'm travelling for work: A box of used prostheticcomponents, tucked away in a supply closet or strewn about a floor as someone from theclinic sifts through them to see what is usable. That box is at the heart of t...

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Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games: “Breaking the Ice”

Sports

Photograph of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team courtesy of David Rotter, Scheck & Siress, Chicago, Illinois, who fit 12 members of the team with custom sled hockey buckets. The 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, which were held Mar...

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John Ruzich, CP, LP

Face to Face

John Ruzich, CP, LP, learned about careers in O&P by happenstance. He grew up on the south sideof Chicago, Illinois, an area abundant with steel mills, where he graduated from high school in1968. He says he had not given serious consideration to a...

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Policy Forum 2014: The Messenger Matters

Industry Review - Conferences

A recurring theme during the 2014 American Orthotic & ProstheticAssociation (AOPA) Policy Forum was that the messenger matters. "It's the boots on the ground that can change the day andthe way the policymakers can [learn about] what you do and Ido...

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ACPOC 2014 Annual Meeting

Industry Review - Conferences

The 2014 Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)Annual Meeting was held March 5-8at the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel, Anaheim,California. The event provided collaborative discussions bya spectrum of healthcare team members thro...

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PrimeFare West: Second Year in Denver

Industry Review - Conferences

The PrimeFare West Regional Scientific Symposium,held March 7-8, returned for a secondconsecutive year to the Denver Marriott CityCenter, Colorado. Attendees from 15 states convenedfor two days of education that includedclinical tracks on prosthet...

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Billing and Collections Q&A

Got FAQs?

Billing for O&P devices seems to get more complicated by the day. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help answer your toughest questions. This month's column addresses your questions about denial code CO222 and billing for lumbarsacralorthoses.

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Sharing Ideas across Borders

Viewpoint

In reflecting on this issue of The O&P EDGE , with itstheme of international cooperation, I kept circlingback to the concept of sharing ideas and knowledgeacross cultures and countries-something thatalways makes the world just a little bit smaller...

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Audit Allies: How Extending Your Resource Base Is Critical for Surviving Documentation and Audit Challenges

EDGE Direct

EDGE Direct Like many orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) practitioners these days, Christian "Zach" Smith, CPO, has run up against Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audits. They're painful. They're time consuming.

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