Balancing Efficiency and Quality - September 2015

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Balancing Efficiency and Quality
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


During the seven years he spent working for the federal government, Zach Harvey, CPO , says he didn't truly appreciatethe freedom he had to do his job. At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center(WRNMMC), Bethesda, Maryland, costs didn't matte...

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Your Vision and Ethics: The North Star of Your Business Strategy
By Miki Fairley


Your core ethical values andyour O&P practice's visionshould form the underlyingguiding principles of everyaspect of your business: its mission, itsculture, its reputation, its employees,its patients, its planning, and its strategies."Companies th...

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The Philosophy of Outcome
By Kelly Clark, CO


I listened and observed for 12years. In the beginning, I was moreconcerned about honing my craftas an educator and speaker, butas the years went by, I listened andobserved with increasing focus.My work took me to nearly all of thelower 48 states w...

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Stepping Out

Aspects of Gait: Part II
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


In the July issue of The O&P EDGE , I discussed the traditional phases ofgait and major motions in the sagittal plane. However, the act of walkingoccurs in three-dimensional space, and it is well understood that bodymotion in all three planes is h...

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Today's Consumer

Megan Patel: An Enduring Friendship
By Betta Ferrendelli


Prosthetist and Client Began Working Together Two Decades Ago Patel with her daughter. Photographs courtesy of the Patel family. David Jolly, CP(E), was well into his prostheticscareer at Monroe BioTechnology's Appleton,Wisconsin, clinic when s...

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Shop Talk

Interesting Career Choices
By Ronnie N. Graves, BOCPO/L, CO, CTP


Graves discusses Dudley's treatment while holding the steer's completed prosthesis. To say that I've had an interesting career path is an understatement.I've gone from being a truck driver, to aprosthetic technician, to an inventor, to the owner o...

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On Topic

From the Patient’s Point of View
By Erin Cammarata


I spent some time as a patient over the past few weeks and used thatperspective to take a critical look at my surroundings. It didn't matterwhether I was picking up a prescription or waiting up to 45 minutes foran appointment with a specialist; I...

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Face to Face

Richard K. Churchill, CPO


Having an amputation himself, Richard K. "Rick" Churchill,CPO, said he can empathize with his patients' situations andalso motivate them to move forward to achieve their goals. Asthe sole owner and practitioner of Cardinal Prosthetics and Orthotic...

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Industry Review - Consumers

Amputee Coalition’s Youth Camp Is the Largest Ever


The Amputee Coalition's2015 Paddy RossbachYouth Camp is beingtouted as a huge success."This was our largest campin history with 110 campersand 36 amputee counselors,"said Abra Hogarth,director of communicationsfor the coalition. "Wewere also able...

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Viewpoint

Ethical Patient Care and Efficiency
By Andrea Spridgen


This issue deals with themes of ethics, quality, and efficiencyin patient care. As I write this column, the professionis facing what many consider an egregious breach ofethics in the form of the draft Local Coverage Determination(LCD) for Lower Li...

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Online Exclusive

Össur® Offers On-Site Clinical Education Days and International Prosthetic Symposium in U.S. Focusing on Low-Activity Amputees


Earn continuing education units (CEUs) while learning about Össur’s comprehensive offering of Low Activity Solutions, including new products like the Balance™ Knee Control, the Seal-In® X liner, and the K2 Sensation® foot with D/P Flexion™ hydraulic ankle unit and Unity® Sleeveless Vacuum.

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Online Exclusive

The Rubber Foot Illusion: Toward Embodiment of Lower-Limb Prostheses


A new study describes an experiment that led participants to perceive an artificial foot as if it were their own. The results could be used to restore some of the missing information from an amputated limb and perhaps improve the embodiment, control, and acceptability of lower-limb prostheses.

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Online Exclusive

Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: AOPA Sessions Sneak Peeks


To enhance your experience at the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, being held October 7-10 in San Antonio, this Online Exclusive presents additional details about several session presentations to take you beyond the Assembly schedule. We hope the details enhance your experience at the Assembly or provide you with more insight into the proceedings.

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