Keeping Your Shoes On - November 2017
Keeping Your Shoes On: Does the Closure Matter?
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
With all the advances in shoe technology, one of the most overlooked aspects is also one of the most important—how the shoe is attached to the foot. A good closure system can mean all the difference in keeping a corrective shoe firmly and s...More...
Our Conversation With Professor Hans Georg Nader
By Andrea Spridgen
Our conversation came on the heels of fulfillment of all regulatory requirements for Stockholm-based EQT VII Funds' acquisition of a 20 percent share of Otto Bock HealthCare, the first time there has been a shareholder outside the family in the co...More...
Let Me Be Direct: A-5513 Coding Clarification & The Future of CAD/CAM Direct-milled Inserts
By Judith Philipps Otto
The Situation The Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) issued a joint publication on July 13 that addressed the proper use of diabetic shoe insert Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code A-5513 (...More...
An Analysis of Pain and Fatigue in Adults With Cerebral Palsy
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
One of the early highlights of my career was an invitation to participate in a consensus conference sponsored by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics titled "Recent Developments in Healthcare for Cerebral Palsy: Implications and...More...
Thousands Compete at the World Rowing Championships
By Michael Carroll, CPO, FAAOP
Roughly 42,000 spectators and athletes from around the world attended the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida, in September. It was the first time in 23 years that the event, which included Olympic and Paralympic events, was held...More...
Cashing in With the R&D Tax Credit
By Bryan Elmore, CPA, and Edward P. Dunn Jr., CPA
Owning and operating an O&P practice is incredibly challenging. To remain competitive, practices need to attract and retain quality prosthetists, orthotists, and technicians who are able to fit and manufacture devices that are individualized f...More...
Device Fabrication: Then There Was One
By Lab Manager
Anyone who has worked in O&P for any length of time knows that figuring out how to manage fabrication can be quite a challenge and is something that needs a regular review. There are many variables that impact what is best for a specific O&...More...
Avoidable Claim Rejections and Denials
By Erin Cammarata
Before introducing avoidable denials, let's review the differences between rejected claims and denied claims. A rejected claim, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is a claim that does not meet the basic format or data r...More...
The Value and Challenge of Patient Satisfaction Surveys
By Eric Schwelke CPO/L, Director
Satisfaction surveys. I'm sure you've seen them, and answered them or perhaps thrown them in the round file. They are ubiquitous; we get them via email and websites, by mail, phone, and fax.More...
Quality Foot Care Without Overlooking the Obvious
By Andrea Spridgen
Maintaining or increasing mobility is a common goal of O&P interventions and the quality foot care pedorthists provide is one way of supporting this goal. Providing therapeutic footwear, custom foot orthotics, diabetic inserts, and even gener...More...
AIS Braces Produce Positive Long-term Outcomes
A study that demonstrated the long-term effectiveness of bracing for scoliotic curve correction in adolescent patients won a 2017 award from the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT). The open-access study, which was published online October 30 in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders, compared outcomes of patients ten years after brace removal who were treated for adolesMore...