Growing O&P in Developing Countries - May 2014

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Growing O&P in Developing Countries
By Linda M. Hellow


O&P nongovernmental organizations(NGOs) in developing countries don't just fit and fabricate devices. They stimulate local economies, promote healthcare infrastructure, and empower people with disabilities. Waag Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands, is net...

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Cambodia Trust Strives to Exceed
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


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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Feature

What If…? Preparing Patients with Limb Loss for Travel
By Leslie Pitt Schneider, JD, RN, CCRC (ACRP), HT (ASCP)


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
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


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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Better Business

Getting the Most from Your Practice by Looking Within: Part 2 of a Four-Part Series
By Christine M. Duprey


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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Academy Society Spotlight

Is Lighter Better? Thoughts on the Relationship between Device Weight and Function
By Sarah Mattes, MS


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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Today’s Consumer

Miranda Cashin: Tall Tales to Sci-Fi
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


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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Shop Talk

How to Make a Surge Tank that Works (For Next to No Money)!
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


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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Stepping Out

Hallux Limitus and the Vital Operation of the First MPJ
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


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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Education Outlook

Master’s Program Profile Series: Georgia Institute of Technology


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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Perspective

Market-driven O&P Philanthropy—It’s Not an Oxymoron
By Vin Narayan, MS


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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Sports

Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games: “Breaking the Ice”


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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Face to Face

John Ruzich, CP, LP


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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Industry Review - Conferences

Policy Forum 2014: The Messenger Matters
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


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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Industry Review - Conferences

ACPOC 2014 Annual Meeting


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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Industry Review - Conferences

PrimeFare West: Second Year in Denver


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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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


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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Viewpoint

Sharing Ideas across Borders
By Andrea Spridgen


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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EDGE Direct

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


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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