Spotlight on the Patient - July 2019
HIPAA Compliance and Marketing in the Social Media Age
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
With so many people online, the question isn't whether O&P practices should use social media to share their stories with patients and potential patients, but rather how to do it effectively and responsibly. Whether or not O&P practices want co...More...
Humor in Clinical Encounters—It’s Not About Being Funny
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
Humor and laughter have been the subject of casual curiosity and philosophical inquiry for thousands of years. It's easy to think of humor as enjoyable entertainment, and laughter as a natural consequence of that enjoyment. Humor and laughter are...More...
Non-pharmacologic Approaches to Residual Limb and Phantom Limb Pain
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP
Phantom limb pain (PLP) and residual limb pain (RLP) are pervasive problems following limb amputation. Inherent to limb amputation is the transection of peripheral nerve fibers, typically followed by resection or ligation. This injury results in i...More...
Academy Society Spotlight: Mindfulness in the Medical Field
By Elicha D. Roberts, MSPO
Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to cut costs, increase productivity, and meet or exceed revenue goals. Physicians and other medical specialists are feeling pressure to take on more patients, work longer hours, and adapt to c...More...
Henry Barnaby III’s Mission: Help Upper-limb Amputees
By Betta Ferrendelli
On a Monday evening in July 2016, Henry Barnaby III, suffering from flulike symptoms, went to bed early. The next morning, he developed a high fever and purpura, so he went to the emergency room in Columbus, Ohio. The ER physician took one look at...More...
Excellence Is Found in the Margin
By Chris Field, MBA
That steaming cup of coffee sitting on your desk or kitchen table tells a story. What secrets can be gleaned from this simple daily dose of life-giving caffeine? Have you thought about how much excellence resides in that single cup of java?More...
Complaining Without Offering Solutions Is Just Whining
By Matt Perkins
In December 2018, I wrote about my dissatisfaction regarding our national meetings and our scattered professional structure. I argued that we need one national show. We are splintered and small already, and having multiple national shows does no o...More...
Be the Leader You Want to Follow
By Erin Cammarata
Having strong leadership in your practice is vital to its success. A leader sees those who report to him or her not just as employees but as teammates—partners working for a common purpose. A good leader influences, communicates, motivates, and al...More...
2019 Policy Forum Gives Voice to O&P Advocates
More than 100 O&P advocates, professionals, students, and consumers gathered in Washington DC May 7-8 as part of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2019 Policy Forum to meet with lawmakers to urge improvement in patient care an...More...
Editor's Note - July 2019
By Andrea Spridgen
O&P care goes beyond fabrication, fitting, and even usage training of devices. It involves personal, clinical care. That is, after all, one of the things that sets it apart from durable medical equipment suppliers, and a key point that the prof...More...