The Changing Landscape - May 2020

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The Changing Landscape: Manufacturers Enter the US Clinical Care Market
By Betta Ferrendelli


In the past few years, Ottobock and Össur have quietly been making inroads into the O&P clinical care market in the United States. The companies, which collectively have more than 150 years of O&P experience, share a goal of becoming involved with...

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Vertical Integration in International O&P
By Betta Ferrendelli


Vertical integration, in which a company owns its suppliers or distributors, may be a novel concept in O&P manufacturers' involvement in clinical care in the United States, but it has long been a thriving part of the clinical care landscape in...

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Working Remotely: What Physical Distancing Can Teach Us About Working Together
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


While it will never be possible to perform the core tasks of our profession remotely, considering the ways in which workplace interactions in other professions are affected by physical proximity…may help us find ways to make O&P business…more effe...

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O&P Community Rallies to Produce PPE
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


As medical professionals around the world fight the COVID-19 pandemic, communities have stepped forward to help them however they can. O&P professionals around the country have been using their skills to make personal protective equipment (PPE) t...

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Today's Consumer

Giovanna Dubuc: Motivating Others Through Music, Determination


Spend five minutes with Giovanna Dubuc and you'll learn that her list of accomplishments is longer than many who are twice her age. Dancer, violinist, rock climber, and motivational speaker are just some of the items on that list. Fifteen-year-old...

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On Topic

Crisis Leadership


For many years to come, we will all look back at the first half of 2020 and recall the challenges we faced. The electronic records system was down for weeks so medical professionals couldn't access patient records, and the world faced a pandemic a...

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Perspective

The Challenges and Ethics of Charitable Care
By Caryn Earl, CPO/L


Why do we do what we do? Before we knew of the challenges ahead, before we considered the cost of a foot, the hours of labor required to provide quality O&P care to a patient and family, or the tenuous bottom line of an office, a department, or a...

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Industry Review

Financial Relief Package Offers Support to O&P


The CARES Act, a $2 trillion financial relief package in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and the healthcare sector, was signed into law on March 27. The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) summarized...

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Industry Review

CMS Postpones O&P Prior Authorization, Makes Policy Changes Amid Coronavirus Pandemic


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will pause the prior authorization program for national durable medical equipment prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). Prior authorization for six lower-limb prosthe...

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Industry Review

Help Available to File COVID-19 Business Insurance Claims


The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) has partnered with Miller Friel, a business insurance law firm in Washington DC, to help O&P practices, manufacturers, and suppliers follow a step-by-step approach...

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Industry Review

DME MACs, AOPA Clarify Device Replacement Waivers


On March 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  announced it was permitting waivers regarding replacement of durable  medical equipment prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) to help Medicare beneficiaries impacted by the...

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Industry Review

NAAOP Calls for Safety Protocol Guidance for O&P Providers


On March 19, Glenn Crumpton, LPO, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) sent a letter to all state governors, COVID-19 State Task Forces, and health insurance commissioners stating that O&P patients must have access to continued care during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Industry Review

Performant Suspends New ADRs


Performant, the national Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) for Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) claims, announced that it has suspended the issuance of any new Additional Documentation Request (ADR) letters for at least 30 days, effective March 18.

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Industry Review

Footing Key in Stair Ascent for Those With Chopart Amputation


A study published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International evaluated people with a Chopart amputation utilizing a clamshell device during stair ascent in an effort to identify potential biomechanical deficits. According to the study's authors...

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Industry Review

Gait Test Can Support Clinician’s Prosthetic Knee Choice


Researchers at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Jackson, Mississippi, evaluated changes in temporal-spatial gait characteristics between walking with a non-microprocessor prosthetic knee (NMPK) and a microprocessor prosthetic knee (MPK). They...

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Industry Review

Study Sees Lower Overall Volume Loss With Elevated Vacuum


Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of elevated vacuum for managing limb fluid volume compared to suction suspension with an in-socket measurement modality during many hours of activity. Although individual results varied, 11 of 12 participan...

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Industry Review

Hanger Reports 2019 Results


Hanger, Austin, Texas, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter (4Q) and year-end 2019. 4Q financial highlights include: Net revenue was $300.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $284.9 million for th...

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Industry Review

CAF Distributes Record Number of Grants


The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) announced a record-breaking 3,921 individual grants awarded to athletes worldwide—making it the largest grant distribution in the organization's 26-year history. Through the 2020 grant distribution, challen...

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Industry Review

Fillauer Names New Marketing Director


Fillauer, Chattanooga, Tennessee, named Victoria  Ledbetter as its new director of marketing. She will oversee marketing operations, sales enablement, digital communications, and overall content and brand strategy. She will also be responsible for...

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Industry Review

WillowWood Names New CFO


WillowWood, Mount Sterling, Ohio, named Craig Higgins as its new chief financial officer. Higgins will focus on financial planning, operating budgets, and decision support analysis. "I'm starting at WillowWood at a very unpredictable time not only...

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Industry Review

NAAOP Names 2020 Fellows, Postpones Program


The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) Fellowship selection committee and board announced the 2020 summer fellows. Nikki Grace-Strader and Lucas DeLuca were selected out of six candidates. Grace-Strader h...

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Industry Review

Hanger Acquires Scheck & Siress


Hanger, Austin, Texas, acquired Scheck & Siress, headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Hanger released a statement on the acquisition: "We do not generally comment on specific tuck-in acquisitions. We have tremendous respect for Scheck & Si...

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - May 2020
By Andrea Spridgen


In the past few months, nearly everyone has been adjusting to the changing landscape of our everyday lives as we traverse the territory of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. O&P has adapted its methods to continue providing services.

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