Clinical Decision-Making - April 2019

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Capacity Equals Performance... Doesn’t It?
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Most readers will be familiar with the parable of the turkeys that wanted to fly. Watching the sky and seeing the other birds soaring on the winds, they became increasingly envious. "We have wings and feathers, why shouldn't we fly?" So they talke...

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The Role of Expertise in Clinical Decision-making: Is Experience Evidence?
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


It is common for healthcare students to expect clear answers to clinical questions and to become frustrated when experienced clinicians are unable to clearly articulate the rationale behind treatment decisions. Too often the answer clinicians prov...

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Unity Through Diversity: Five Women Executive Directors Help Point the Way


For the first time in the history of U.S. O&P five major national organizations have women executive directors at the helm, which reflects the growing trend of more women entering the profession. Although each of these organizations has a differe...

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Today's Consumer

Ashley Sherman: Myoelectric Prosthesis Opens Up Possibilities
By Linda Calabria


Ashley Sherman is a diver, a horseback rider, and a newlywed; she is also an ambassador for two organizations close to her heart, the Lucky Fin Project and Össur Americas, Foothill Ranch, California. A twin, Sherman was born with an upper-limb dif...

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Stepping Out

Pediatric Flatfoot
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


There are conflicting opinions within the medical community regarding when it is appropriate to treat pediatric flatfoot. This has been an ongoing conversation that vacillates between the poles of conservative early intervention or taking a wait-a...

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Perspective

Facing the Challenge of Ending Harassment Head-on
By Tamara Sabatino, COF, COA, and Karen Edwards


In August 2018, the Össur Women's Leadership Conference held a panel discussion with about 50 attendees in which one of the topics discussed was sexual misconduct and harassment in O&P. The goal was to find out if it existed and, if so, to what ex...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs? - April 2019
By Lisa Lake


Count on Got FAQs? to help answer your toughest billing questions. This month's column addresses a change to billing for bilateral orthoses, and what O&P products must be reviewed by the Medicare Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) contractor.

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Industry Review - Associations and Conferences

Hanger Fair Spotlights Remarkable Journeys


More than 1,100 Hanger employees, including more than 850 clinicians and therapists, came together to attend Hanger's Education Fair and national business meeting February 18-22 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. The annual conference provided continu...

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - April 2019
By Andrea Spridgen


Cooking and enjoying meals together has always been important in my family. But we have two styles of cooks, some who are most comfortable strictly following a recipe, relying on tested instruction to ensure a successful outcome, and some who rare...

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