Central Fab Issue - July 2017

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Adapting Fabrication Skills With Changing Technology


As O&P fabrication materials, methods, designs, and componentry continue to evolve, O&P technicians and practitioners may find they are challenged to keep pace. The O&P EDGE asked experts for their insight into how to take a...

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Why Educated Technicians Are Critical to the Future of O&P Care and How Your Contribution Matters


In 2013, the HOPE Careers Consortium, which includes Century College, Spokane Falls Community College, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Baker College - Flint, and St. Petersburg College, r...

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Feature

Major Medicare Audit and Appeals Developments


Significant developments related to Medicare audits and appeals occurred this spring that impact all providers of Medicare services, including O&P practitioners and suppliers. Three issues that most ...

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Academy Society Spotlight - Survey: Current Clinical Utilization of CAD/CAM


As our profession faces increasing challenges from third-party payer reimbursements, documentation justification, Medicare audits, and increasing fabrication costs, clinicians and technicians are under pressure. As O&P providers seek to...

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Today's Consumer

The Art of the Cosmetic Covering: Massachusetts Woman’s SkinTones Keep Things Real


June 9,1953, may have started as a normal day in Worcester, Massachusetts, but it didn't end that way. Diane Bisnette was seven years old, and she remembers the events of the day well. A devastating F4 tornado roared through the area a...

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Shop Talk

Adventures in Reestablishing a Lab


This year, my wife and I decided it was time for a change of scenery. So, when I was hired by another company, we packed our camper, loaded our children, two dogs, and three chickens, and set off from Missouri to North Carolina feeling...

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Perspective

A Case for Developing an O&P Baccalaureate in Applied Science


As an instructor in an O&P technology program for more than 13 years, I have been privileged to watch as students progressed from uncertain observers to confident professionals in their pursuit of an associate in applied science (...

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On Topic

We Must Be the Experts


I woke up with great expectations, excited to see some long-time friends from the profession, obtain clarification on billing and coding questions that come up in the office, and meet some new people. I was attending a full-day Medicar...

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Industry Review - Conferences

ISPO World Congress 2017: Assistive Technology for All


For four days, about 2,000 O&P clinicians and technicians, physicians, physical and occupational therapists, pedorthists and podiatrists, rehabilitation engineers,and other allied healthcare providers from 106 countrie...

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Industry Review - Conferences

AOPA Policy Forum 2017


Policy Forum, the annual legislative update and advocacy event conducted by the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), was held May 24-25. With the broader healthcare debate on Capitol Hill and acros...

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Viewpoint

The Importance of Adaptability
By Andrea Spridgen


The philosopher Heraclitus' oft-referenced theory that change is the only constant in life seems to be particularly true in the O&P profession where adaptability is essential. In this issue, we explore the ways technicians' ...

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EDGE Direct

The O&P EDGE Salary Survey Is Open


The O&P EDGE 2017 Salary Survey launched in June and will remain open through July.

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