Strategies for Starting an O&P Practice in Uncertain Times - September 2014

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Tales from the Front Lines: Strategies for Starting an O&P Practice in Uncertain Times
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it wasthe age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…" - from A Tale of Two Cities , by Charles Dickens According to some source...

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More Than a Supplier: Responding to Payer Requests for Component Invoices
By Garrison Wells


Dealing with third-party payers can be challenging, even in the best of times. Lately, however, conversations at various O&P professional meetings, on the OANDP-L listserv, and with experts interviewed by The O&P EDGE , indicate that some insuranc...

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Prior Authorization for Medicare O&P Services: An Update
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Christina Hughes, JD, MPH


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule on May 28 that would require suppliers of certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) to submit a prior authorization request to CMS or its con...

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Declining Amputation Rates Secondary to Diabetes and PVD: The Role of Time, Geography, Risk, and Race
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


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Assessing O&P Competency with the ABC Exams
By Eric Rosenberg, MBA


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Today’s Consumer

Chris Osborne: Writing Your Own Story
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Changing the perception from disability to ability and providing hope in any circumstance, whether an amputation or another challenge, is Chris Osborne's mission. Photograph by Genie McElroy. As a reporter, you never want to become the news, Chris...

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Industry Leader

Anita Liberman-Lampear, MA
By Miki Fairley


Photographs courtesy of Anita Liberman-Lampear. Anita Liberman-Lampear, MA, president of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), greets new projects and challenges with energy, zest, and enthusiasm, and tackles them with a can-do at...

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Better Business

SOAP Notes Can Clean up Your Records
By Leslie Roberts, MSS, CP


The O&P profession we have known to date is having its proverbial reset button pushed. How we have done things in the past will no longer serve to keep us viable in the market, and many things are quite simply out of our control during this time o...

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Perspective

Payer Requests for Manufacturer Invoices: A Call for a Unified Response
By Susi Ebersbach, MT (ASCP), MBA


The issue of how to best respond to a third-party payer's request for a manufacturer's invoice has been surfacing time and again since I began in O&P almost two decades ago. And I have yet to see an authoritative publication or guidance from a nat...

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Shop Talk

Five Inexpensive Tools I Can’t Live Without!
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


Most people who know me know that I'm a tool nut. I've got tools I use, tools I just like to look at, and even tools I use to make other tools. My workbenches are covered with hand tools and power tools and tools for working with wood, leather, me...

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Stepping Out

Is There Pedorthic Life beyond the TSD Benefit?
By Dennis Janisse, CPed


Remember the good old days? Remember when fitting a pair of therapeutic shoes did not come with the specter of Medicare audits, prosecution, and prison time—when it wasn't necessary to hire a full-time employee to chase down physicians' progress n...

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Education Outlook

Program Profile Series: Alabama State University and Baylor College of Medicine


The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accredited master's level O&P educational programs. Alabama State University, College of Health Sciences This month we feature two master's lev...

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Sports

Amputee Coalition Youth Camp / First-Ever Paraclimbing National Championship


Amputee Coalition Youth Camp: A Confidence-Building Experience Attending the Amputee Coalition's youth camp allows campers, such as (from left) Kylie Smith and Alexandra Jobe, to make new friends and reacquaint themselves with old friends. Pho...

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Viewpoint

Product Previews and More
By Tonja Randolph


As I write this, I am finalizing arrangements to join many of you at the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2014 National Assembly, September 4–7, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I always look forward to events like this because it gives me a...

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Online Exclusive

Delivering Solutions: O&P Clinic Success and the Tools for Achieving It


For Regina Weger, SPS' director of sales, there is no substitute for face-to-face conversations for building customer relationships. The most meaningful way to learn about a customer's needs is in person, which is why she, like many of SPS' leader...

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