Economic Impact of O&P Interventions: Research and O&P Organizations Lead the Way
As technology advances, physicians and O&P clinicians have
an ever-widening array of options to provide their patients
with optimal prosthetic or orthotic solutions. However,
the challenge of obtaining adequate reimbursement from
Medicare and private insurers for some devices is intensifying. Payers
are demanding more hard data.
Sharing Your Expertise Through Lobbying
You are probably
emails from patients,
insurers, vendors, and
those emails may be
correspondence from the
National Association for the
Advancement of Orthotics
and Prosthetics (NAAOP)
summarizing its latest
webcast, or an AOPA in
Advance SmartBrief from
the American Orthotic
& Prosthetic Association
(AOPA) with legislative
news, or a call to action
from the American
Academy of Orthotists and
Prosthetists (the Academy).
The contents may seem dry,
or perhaps you don't think
they apply to you-after all,
you are a clinician, not a
Health-related Quality of Life: A Developing Standard in Healthcare
Several years ago, while I was
enrolled in a graduate course
on public health, our instructor
showed the class a list of
the top-ten causes of mortality
in the United States. I created
a moment of general discomfort
by saying, "You know, we
might be able to juggle the
order a bit, but ultimately,
that top-ten list will always be
the same. " I wasn't trying to
be disruptive, but I felt it was
naïve to imply that the healthcare
system should attempt to
somehow stave off mortality.
Randy Henderson: Prosthetic Technology Boosts Progress
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
RIC, Click Medical Partnership Brings Innovation and Flexibility to Patients
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.
How to Develop and Host a Patient Event
The prosthetics team at De La Torre Orthotics & Prosthetics, headquartered
in Pittsburgh, meets on Monday mornings. The meeting includes
prosthetists, technicians, billing and administrative staff, department
heads, the business development director, and members of the marketing and
patient services departments.
Part of each meeting is spent discussing
upcoming local events for people with
amputations and what our involvement will
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.
Billing and Collections Q&A
Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. When you have
questions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claims on track.
This month's column answers your questions about the 2017
Medicare deductible, replacement codes for knee orthoses K-0901
and K-0902, and correct coding to use for the Ottobock C-Leg.
The Hartford Ski Spectacular: Adaptive Snow Sports for all Skill Levels
The Colorado mountains got off to a
slow start with snowfall this season,
but that did not deter the more than
800 participants who flocked to Beaver
Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski
Resort, Breckenridge, from attending
the 29th annual The Hartford Ski Spectacular.
Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA)
hosted the week-long event November
28-December 4, 2016, which is billed
as one of the nation's largest winter
sports festivals for people with physical
This wounded warrior from Great Britain had the chance to participate in adaptive cross country skiing.
Adaptive Stand-up Tennis Comes to Texas
From left, Cristian Contreras and Daniel Scrivano. Photographs courtesy of Justin Tzou.
The Texas Tennis & Education Foundation
and the TAP (Adaptive Tennis in Standing
Position) Foundation presented the first-ever
Making the Case for O&P in an Uncertain Climate
Consumers and providers of healthcare in the United
States are facing many questions about the future of
access to and reimbursement of healthcare services as
a new Congress and president prepare to lead federal
public policy. No matter the changes we may face, one
common refrain seems to remain constant: Evidence of
the efficacy and cost effectiveness of O&P interventions
are key to providing the justifications payers are looking
for to pay claims, which ensures practitioners are reimbursed and able to
continue providing patients the care they need.
" Economic Impact of O&P Interventions: Research and O&P Organizations Lead the Way " explores several ways in which the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the American Academy of
Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) are supporting research efforts
that will provide hard data about the economics of O&P interventions in a
holistic manner, which includes not only healthcare expenses but also the
implications of employment and the use of assistance programs.
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.
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.
Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: Academy Annual Meeting Sessions Sneak Peek
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.
Having a component inventory available in your facility does not make our product OTS. A VertAlign Spinal Support System is custom fit, requiring
the clinical and biomechanical expertise of an orthotist to select the correct front and back shells from the 550 different size, shape, and lordosis- and kyphosis-possible configurations. The orthotist's professional skills are needed to select, adjust, and apply the components that meet the patient's unique anatomical spinal support needs. We provide components and product training. You provide clinical judgement and professional skills.
TRS introduces a stronger, more versatile, two-piece cable-harness hanger system in standard and heavy-duty cable versions. It features a reusable hanger component and a replaceable, less expensive ball adapter cable fitting. The new Binary Hanger System is constructed of high-performance stainless steel and is significantly stronger than conventional hangers. Additionally, the system allows for double swaging the ferrule, capturing the cable and creating significant extra strength.
It's another superior-quality TRS product.
- New titanium material increases the maximum carry load at the proximal segment by 50%
- Titanium material improves the protection of the motor from impact forces
- Titanium digits add 1 oz. of weight to the i-limb® hand
- Available for i-limb quantum, revolution, ultra, and access hands in S, M, and L
Contact us to learn more.
Tidwell's Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker is available in standard black with a removable Plastazote insert, a full interface lining, standard rocker sole, and DACRON back straps attached with copper rivets.
Tidwell's Orthotics is offering the CROW with a turnaround of 5-7 days at an incredible price.
The TAD system for people with upper-limb amputations is designed to temporarily replace the hook or prosthetic hand on body-powered or electronic upper-limb prostheses to allow the user to safely perform a wide range of activities. For people with partial hand amputations or hand dysfunction, the system components can also be used with a WHO brace equipped with a quick disconnect coupler in the palm.
TAD's quick insert-release terminal device holds a wide variety of interchangeable tools and implements, including dining or cooking utensils, personal grooming devices, and tools for gardening, carpentry, mechanic work, sports, and hobbies.
Texas Assistive Devices
NSP/CSP is a green, eco-friendly, natural fiber that creates no itch. Copycat fibers that claim no itch don't compare.
NSP/CSP is a unique fiber that is lighter and stronger, and offers half the stiffness and ten times more impact resistance than carbon. The stiffness can be regulated by fiber orientation to equal carbon. NSP/CSP is dynamic in its ability to be either stiff or flexible depending upon the practitioner's preference. NSP/CSP wets out fast because of its high resin fiber interface and low void content, which means the resin sticks and air does not get
The MAGLOCK eases the frustration
of donning a pin lock liner for
patients who have transtibial or
transfemoral amputations and K1-
K3 activity levels. The MAGLOCK
is developed to deliver up to 90 lb. of
The large distal target allows the
patient to be 10 degrees off center and
still achieve suspension. The ultimate
product for people who have dexterity issues, have pin alignment issues,
or require a caregiver, and much more. No wires, no battery.
All Pro-Flex® feet feature a unique three-blade design with a foot blade
that incorporates a full-effective toe lever and a more anatomical split
toe. This innovative design helps generate exceptional toe-off energy
and a fluid, natural progression from heel strike to toe-off. Learn more
about the Pro-Flex family at www.ossur.com/proflex.
The end of rigid brims
The new SwingBrim™ technology offers the same dynamic brim comfort as the full Socket-less Socket™, but can now be integrated into existing sockets as well. No more static brim shape. No more hard ischial seat. It's the difference between sitting on a hard chair versus sitting in a soft hammock.
View the free SwingBrim and Socket-less Socket training at MartinBionics.com.
This unique AFO has been designed for people with Chopart amputations who wish to remain active. A traditional, full-length AFO will often be stiff and feel unnatural to such a patient. Using a hinged ankle and flexible foot plate with a segmented dynamic filler allows flexion before providing a "stop" that protects the residuum and prevents shoe vamp collapse. The PTB design and the anterior shell redistribute ground reaction forces up the lower limb. For more information, visit our website or call the lab toll-free.
Hersco Ortho Labs
The Triple Action™ Stance/Swing Control
Ankle Joint is designed to provide highly
adjustable control of the lower limb during
both the stance and swing phases of gait.
The patent-pending component excels in
the treatment of complex neuromuscular
disorders. Alignment, plantarflexion resist,
and dorsiflexion resist are independently
adjustable, which help to simplify
optimization. The component delivers high
resistance, permitting mobilization of the
ankle through both the stance and swing
phases of gait.
Our accommodative foot orthotics are specially designed for patients with foot deformities. We offer a variety of materials for foot conditions such as neuropathy, Charcot foot, edema, or amputation; or conditions resulting from health issues like obesity, diabetes, sports injuries, or heart conditions. Custom-made foot orthotics provide support and relief wherever necessary. Apis provides you with a free 3D camera to eliminate impressions or casting-now it's just a push of a button. Fulfill all of your pedorthic needs under one roof. Call our friendly customer service representatives for more information or free samples.
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The Superior Performance (SP) Liner features new, black fabric that allows for additional comfort and stability for active patients. The liner is formulated with both ALPS GripGel and High Density (HD) Gel, which contain properties that help facilitate donning, as well as reducing pistoning and bunching behind the knee. The SP Liner provides superior comfort and diversity and is offered in 3mm and 6mm uniform thicknesses to accommodate most users.
Partial Foot, An Illustrative Guide,
is a comprehensive 12-page guide for
the management and fabrication of
a partial foot prosthesis. Reduce
friction, reduce shearing, reduce
pressure, restore propulsion, restore
limb length, and preserve the residual
limb. The guide has professional
illustrations and step-by-step
instructions. We support our customers
to provide better lives for patients.
Call or e-mail to
request your free copy.
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Do you treat idiopathic toe walking? For over
ten years, we have been using this design in
the vast majority of the cases we see. For the
right patient, this design works exceptionally
well to establish a normal heel-toe gait
pattern. We have found that physical therapists
prefer this design as it is less invasive and lower
profile than hinged AFOs.
Our fabrication facility is centrally located in
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Advanced Orthopedic Designs
From your home, complete the first two quarters (6 months) and final quarter (3 months) of the NUPOC 21-month MPO. Spend four quarters (12 months) in mentored practicum at NUPOC, building P&O skills by working with people who have neuromusculoskeletal impairments. NUPOC graduates are eligible for NCOPE residencies and P&O certification examinations. The NUPOC MPO prepares you to become a proficient clinician, deliver comprehensive P&O services, integrate research into clinical practice, and contribute to the P&O profession. NUPOC accepts candidates on a rolling admissions basis.
Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
Feinberg School of Medicine