Partnering With Therapists - February 2019

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Partnering With Therapists: Improving Patient Access and Outcomes Through Collaboration
By Betta Ferrendelli


Nicolas Ferrara, DPT, once treated a patient with a transtibial amputation who had constant skin breakdown and ongoing issues with his socket. He eventually stopped coming to Ferrara for physical therapy due to the wounds on his residual limb. F...

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Therapeutic Gait Training: What Prosthetists Need to Know
By Shelly Coull, PT; John Tawfik, DPT; and Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Of the estimated 1.6 million people in the United States living with limb loss, approximately 1.3 million (86 percent) have a lower-limb amputation. When these individuals fail to achieve prosthesis-assisted ambulation, they are at an increase...

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Walking a Mile—Carefully: Empathy in Clinical Encounters
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


The theme of walking in someone else's shoes is woven throughout Mary Lathrap's 1895 poem "Judge Softly." This metaphor has become a common way of referring viewing a situation through another person's perspective: Pray, don't find fault with th...

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Today's Consumer

Jodie O’Connell-Ponkos: Prosthesis Helps Equestrian Do What She Loves
By Tara McMeekin


Since she lost her hand in a meat grinder accident in 1995 at the age of 16, it has never occurred to Jodie O'Connell-Ponkos to give up. Instead, when she reflects on that day, she is grateful that the scenario played out as it did. She counts eve...

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Better Business

The Matrix of an O&P Team
By Meghan L. Nero


It is not hard to find me when you enter our O&P office—I am your greeter, your go-to for most things. Every profession has someone who sits behind a desk or is on the other end of the telephone. A team approach to success that includes a commit-m...

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Perspective

Is It Practical to Add a PT to an O&P Facility?
By Gretchen Wellman, CO


In a field driven increasingly by bureaucracy and documentation, and a steady stream of new regulations and audits, the burden of proof of medical necessity and K-level can weigh heavily on O&P clinicians and their support staff. Previous developm...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs? - February 2019
By Lisa Lake


Count on Got FAQs? to help answer your toughest billing questions. This month's column addresses changes to HCPCS codes for 2019 and changes to billing for bilateral products.

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