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

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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.

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Sharing Your Expertise Through Lobbying

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You are probably inundated with emails from patients, insurers, vendors, and colleagues. Among 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 political activist.

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Health-related Quality of Life: A Developing Standard in Healthcare

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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.

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Randy Henderson: Prosthetic Technology Boosts Progress

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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 career.

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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.

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How to Develop and Host a Patient Event

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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 be.

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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.

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Billing and Collections Q&A

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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.

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

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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 disabilities. This wounded warrior from Great Britain had the chance to participate in adaptive cross country skiing.

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Adaptive Stand-up Tennis Comes to Texas

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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 U.

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Making the Case for O&P in an Uncertain Climate

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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.

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Ottobock University

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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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Myoelectric Orthosis Reduces Upper-limb Impairment in Chronic Stroke

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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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Just in Time for the Annual Meeting: Academy Annual Meeting Sessions Sneak Peek

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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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