The Economic and Legislative Climate of O&P - February 2017

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Economic Impact of O&P Interventions: Research and O&P Organizations Lead the Way
By Miki Fairley


As technology advances, physicians and O&P clinicians havean ever-widening array of options to provide their patientswith optimal prosthetic or orthotic solutions. However,the challenge of obtaining adequate reimbursement fromMedicare and private...

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Sharing Your Expertise Through Lobbying
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


You are probablyinundated withemails from patients,insurers, vendors, andcolleagues. Amongthose emails may becorrespondence from theNational Association for theAdvancement of Orthoticsand Prosthetics (NAAOP)summarizing its latestwebcast, or an AOP...

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Health-related Quality of Life: A Developing Standard in Healthcare
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Several years ago, while I wasenrolled in a graduate courseon public health, our instructorshowed the class a list ofthe top-ten causes of mortalityin the United States. I createda moment of general discomfortby saying, "You know, wemight be able...

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Today’s Consumer

Randy Henderson: Prosthetic Technology Boosts Progress
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Photographs courtesy of Randy Henderson. Sheer willpower can get a person through a lot. For Randy Henderson, that determination, coupled with a strong work ethic, got him through a near-fatal car crash and the start of a successful law enforcement ca...

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Better Business

RIC, Click Medical Partnership Brings Innovation and Flexibility to Patients
By Tara McMeekin


A layup of the AFO materials just prior to pulling the plastic. Photographs courtesy of Click Medical. Innovation is not uncommon in the O&P industry.

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Perspective

How to Develop and Host a Patient Event
By Libby Johnston


The prosthetics team at De La Torre Orthotics & Prosthetics, headquarteredin Pittsburgh, meets on Monday mornings. The meeting includesprosthetists, technicians, billing and administrative staff, departmentheads, the business development director,...

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Face to Face

Hans P. Wulf Jr., MPO, Resident Prosthetist/Orthotist


After graduating with a master's degree in exercise science from State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland in 2011, Hans P. Wulf Jr., MPO, was having difficulty finding a job in his field. Marc Werner, CPO, FAAOP, a family friend, suggested...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. When you havequestions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claims on track.This month's column answers your questions about the 2017Medicare deductible, replacement codes for knee orthoses K-0901a...

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Sports

Adaptive Stand-up Tennis Comes to Texas


From left, Cristian Contreras and Daniel Scrivano. Photographs courtesy of Justin Tzou. The Texas Tennis & Education Foundationand the TAP (Adaptive Tennis in StandingPosition) Foundation presented the first-everU.S.

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Sports

The Hartford Ski Spectacular: Adaptive Snow Sports for all Skill Levels


The Colorado mountains got off to aslow start with snowfall this season,but that did not deter the more than800 participants who flocked to BeaverRun Resort and Breckenridge SkiResort, Breckenridge, from attendingthe 29th annual The Hartford Ski S...

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Viewpoint

Making the Case for O&P in an Uncertain Climate
By Andrea Spridgen


Consumers and providers of healthcare in the UnitedStates are facing many questions about the future ofaccess to and reimbursement of healthcare services asa new Congress and president prepare to lead federalpublic policy. No matter the changes we...

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Online Exclusive

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At Ottobock University, the industry's largest and most knowledgeable staff of clinical and technical specialists are available to provide you the education, practical information, support, and the quality you expect.

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Online Exclusive

Myoelectric Orthosis Reduces Upper-limb Impairment in Chronic Stroke


A study conducted to determine the immediate impact of a portable, myoelectric elbow-wrist-hand orthosis (EWHO) among people with chronic stroke conditions found that the device significantly reduced upper-limb impairment among the participants.

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Online Exclusive

Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: Academy Annual Meeting Sessions Sneak Peek
By Joyce Perrone, Jonathan S. Akins, Andrea Ikeda, David Knapp, Michael Fotis, Christopher Robinson


The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists' 2017 Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposiums is being held March 1-4 in Chicago. This Online Exclusive presents additional details about several session presentations to take you beyond the program. We hope the details enhance your experience or provide you with more insight into the proceedings.

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