3D-Printing: Opportunity for Technicians? - July 2014

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3D Printing: Opportunity for Technicians?
By Judith Philipps Otto


3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been receiving significant mediacoverage, but the jury is still out on the effect of this technology on the O&Pindustry. The verdict may depend on who is on that jury, since practitionersand technicians...

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Deconstructing the Fab Lab
By Miki Fairley


What makes an in-house fabrication laboratory or a central fabrication facility shine—making it truly a "fab lab"? One way to measure an ideal lab or central fabrication facility is in terms of performance and results, such as producing consistent...

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How to Build a Technician
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT TECHNICIANS ARE INVALUABLE TO THE O&P PROFESSION. "If you can't make a product, you can't sell anything," says TonyWickman, CTPO, CEO of Freedom Fabrication, Havana, Florida."As much as we appear to be very clinical, the f...

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Clarifying Medicare Participation and Assignment Rules, Part Two
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Christina Hughes, JD, MPH


This article is the second of a two-article series that examines ways thatmay help O&P practitioners limit Medicare audit risk and denials. As noted in part one of this series , published in the June issue of The O&P EDGE, there are few encouragin...

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Better Business

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


Part Three: Building Referral Sources The O&P EDGE continues its four-part series that focuses on key elements of your business and provides some tips for performing analyses and improving your processes. Building a successful O&P practice requir...

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Shop Talk

Laminating with E-R Resin
By Ronnie N. Graves, BOCPO, LPO, CO, CTP


Learning to laminate with a resin that you haven't used beforecan be intimidating and confusing because there are a lot ofunknowns about what you can and can't do with various typesof resins. I'll explain some of the variations in the properties o...

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Innovations

Surfing Buddies Collaborate on Prosthetic Socket System: Design Aims for Adjustability and Shortened Delivery Time
By Betta Ferrendelli


Technological advances and improvements in prosthetic socketshave progressed considerably in the last two decades. However,when it comes to designing and producing a comfortable devicethat can be made quickly and allow greater user adjustability,s...

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Perspective

Deepening Professional Understanding through Volunteerism
By Nina Bondre


Four of my classmates from Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC), Chicago, Illinois, and I recently volunteered at Advanced O&P Solutions, Hickory Hills, Illinois, with the Range of Motion Project (ROMP). We sorted, cataloge...

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Education Outlook

Program Profile Series: Baker College of Flint, Joliet Junior College, and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology


The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accredited O&P educational programs. This month we feature three programs offering associate degrees in applied science in O&P technology. Baker...

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Sports

Motocross Champions Crowned at Ninth Annual Extremity Games; First Swing Learn to Golf Held in Memphis


Motocross Champions Crowned at Ninth Annual Extremity Games Gomez catches some air. Photographs courtesy of Curtis Connor. Ryan Beesley came in third in the Upper Extremity division.

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Viewpoint

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an O&P Tech?
By Andrea Spridgen


As countless articles, presentations, andletters have stressed, O&P professionals aremembers of the healthcare team, not simplyproviders of a product. However, many times,providing that care also involves providing adevice and, as Tony Wickman, CT...

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Online Exclusive

Endolite élan Foot Coding Verification


Following the recommendation of the PDAC, Endolite has been working with CMS to establish a new code that adequately describes the function of the élan microprocessor foot system. In a preliminary decision, CMS has verified that the élan meets the...

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Can Green and Lean Help Your O&P Facility?
By Miki Fairley


"Deconstructing the Fab Lab" in the July issue of The O&P EDGE examines ways to improve fabrication performance, consistency, cost, and efficiency through facility layout and lean principles. In this EDGE Direct exclusive, we'll share additional strategies of green operation and lean principles that can help your fabrication facility become a truly "fab lab."

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