The Increasing Threat of Ransomware in Healthcare - December 2016

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The Increasing Threat of Ransomware in Healthcare
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


A kidnapping and ransom scheme-as if taken from a pirate movie-is playingout at businesses every day, but with a high-techtwist. As an employee tries to accessa computer file, an on-screen messagestates that all the files in that folder havebeen e...

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Risk Prediction Equations for Lower-limb Amputation: The Changing Face of Healthcare
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Earlier this year, as part of thepresidential primary election cycle,a candidate was confronted with aposition he had taken on a healthcareissue some 20 years earlier. His challengerobserved that the candidate's position onthe issue had since reve...

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2016 Election Synopsis and Impact on O&P
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Steve Postal, JD


Note: The reported election resultsare current as of 9:00 a.m. ET,November 15. The Republican Party won the presidency and maintains control of the U.S.

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Better Business

Non-compete Clauses: Thoughts for the New O&P Professional
By Angela Montgomery, CPO


For a new clinician just entering the profession,it can be tempting to agree to almost anythingin exchange for a job offer. In fact, wheninterviewing for that first position, many peoplefeel as if they have no negotiating power at all. Iremember t...

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Stepping Out

An OP&P Approach to Fall Prevention
By Dennis Janisse, CPed


The prevention of falls among the elderly population has become amajor initiative for healthcare providers and insurers in the UnitedStates and many countries around the world. This issue concerns theOP&P community as well, since older adults comp...

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Sports

SDTC: The Power of the Human Spirit


(Photographs courtesy of Frank Colosi Photography and CAF unless otherwise noted.) In 1994, a group of friends gathered together to raise money to purchase a van with hand controls for their friend and fellow athlete, Jim MacLaren. They raised $4...

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Perspective

Prosthetic Documentation: A Ventriloquist Act
By Ashley R. Muller, MSPO


Sixty-six is an important number. It's the number of credit hours I andthe other recent graduates of the University of Pittsburgh's Master ofScience in Prosthetics and Orthotics program completed as aspiringprosthetists and orthotists. We have ent...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P facility in today's landscape of enhanced scrutinyand changing billing requirements can leave even the most seasonedbilling professional feeling frustrated. If you have a billing question,Got FAQs? can help you sift through the conf...

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Viewpoint

Turning of the Year
By Andrea Spridgen


As we approach the end of 2016, we pause to reflecton what for many has been a tumultuous year. As anation, we have experienced a presidential electioncycle that has been, perhaps, the most divisive inanyone's memory-certainly in my adult life. Fo...

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DVS—A Simple Solution to Better Suspension


The Dynamic Vacuum System (DVS) provides a simple solution for better suspension for your patients. Integrating innovative design with simplicity, the DVS by Ottobock reduces the movement between the limb and socket associated with limb volume fluctuations.

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