The State of the Profession - September 2020

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The State of the Profession: A Practitioner Population Survey
By Gerald Stark, PhD, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


Caroline Nielsen, PhD, authored a white paper commissioned by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) predicting that by 2020 only 61 percent of orthotic patients and 64 percent of prosthetic patients would be served a...

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Feature

Major O&P Policy Developments in the Age of a Pandemic
By Peter W. Thomas, JD; Leela Baggett, JD; and Joseph Nahra


As America and the world continue to grapple with an historic pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Congress continue to address public policies that impact access to O&P car...

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Feature

Influencing by Following
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


As part of the parent questionnaire included in Sara Pollard's 1934 application to Vassar College, her father described her as "more of a follower type than a leader." The school admitted Ms. Pollard, with the explanation that it had enough leader...

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Better Business

Moving Forward: Operating During the Pandemic
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Step inside an O&P practice these days and it will look and feel much different than it did at the beginning of the year. In the era of COVID-19, experts say the changes meant to keep patients and employees safe have impacted every part of the O&P...

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Stepping Out

Design Modifications for Functional Foot Orthotics
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng(Mech), CPed


Orthotics are used to prevent or correct deformities, support and align the body, or improve its function. Functional foot orthotics are in-shoe devices that control, guide, or limit the motion of joints and muscles in the foot and ankle, and prox...

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Today's Consumer

Commercial Pilot Continues to Fly Despite Limb Loss
By Betta Ferrendelli


On a Sunday evening in late July 2014, Tom Koziel was helping his father mount fenders on his truck for a road trip his dad was taking the following morning. It was late and the two were hurrying to finish so the tractor-trailer would be ready to...

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Clinical Issues

What Is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy and Why Should We Care?
By John R. Pope, CPO, MPO, MS, CSCS


What Is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy and Why Should We Care? In recent years, the importance of muscular strength has been recognized as a critical piece to optimizing health, and research has highlighted leg strength as a strong predictor of al...

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On Topic

Enough With the Hearsay: Take Time to Verify
By Erin Cammarata


Janet told me that those ankle joints are never covered." "I was always told Medicare will not pay for unlisted (999) procedure codes." "We need two people for that job." These comments are from actual conversations I had this week. The thing is,...

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Perspective

O&P Technician Education: Death by Neglect
By Michael P. Madden, CPO, LPO, FAAOP


It is with a heavy heart that I share that the Orthotic & Prosthetic Technologies program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) has suspended the admission of new students. In July, the faculty, of which I have been a member...

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Editor's Message

Editors Note - September 2020
By Andrea Spridgen


Normally when you receive our September issue, many of you are preparing to head to the American Prosthetic & Orthotic Association National Assembly. But that looks different this year as we all adjust the way we live, work, and play during a pan...

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