Physical Therapists: Partners or competitors? - October 2002

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New Prosthetic Foot Line Revealed


A new kid on the block, Freedom Innovations Inc. (FI), made its formal debut into the prosthetics world by announcing its Freedom Series of prosthetic feet at the 2002 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly October 9-12 in Chicago.

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Feature

Physical Therapists: Partners or Competitors?
By Miki Fairley


Orthotists and prosthetists share their views on this controversial question. Next month, physical therapists and those who practice in both fields will get their say.

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The Biomechanics of Amputee Running
By Robert Gailey, PhD, PT


Robert Gailey, PhD, PT The biomechanics of amputee running is aninteresting area that is useful in clinical application. Withprosthetic developments such as the Flex-Sprint and C-Sprintdesigns permitting amputees of all levels of athletic abilit...

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A Bridge Back to a Healthy World
By Bebe Tamberg, CMF


I'm unable to recall the title of a 1930smovie in which a terminally ill young bride, with perhaps only afew months to live, put on such a brave face that her husband wasunaware of the seriousness of her condition. While on theirhoneymoon, he rema...

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Post-Mastectomy Care: Aiding Cancer Survivors
By Miki Fairley


Patricia Metcalf, Orthotist/CMF, A Fitting Image, demonstrates placement of a breast form in a swimsuit to Mildred Holtz, mastectomy patient. Every three minutes a case of breast cancer isdiagnosed; every 13 minutes a woman dies from the   disease...

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'Lean Manufacturing': The Secret to Lab Organization
By Greg Mattson, RTPO


It's June 2001, and I'm standing on the productionfloor of the Toyota Car Company in Toyota City, Japan. I'mawestruck at the level of organization I see at every turn. Toolsare color-coded and placed at arm's reach, and the employees areperforming...

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Leading EDGE

Billing: Are Hidden Problems Lurking?
By Joe Sansone


Joe Sansone I once hired a cocky young warehouseman at a payrate of $11 per hour. He progressed through the ranks and, with ayear's experience under his belt, asked to assist in thesupervision of the Insurance Department. My obvious response wast...

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Cutting Edge

Guerrilla Warfare: More MCO Contracting Survival Tips
By Judith Otto


A "Nightmare on Elm Street" aptly sums up how manyO&P providers feel about managed care contracting. Previousarticles explored "rate shopping" and strategies for opening closedprovider panels. Here, some experts from the front lines describemore p...

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Cutting Edge

MCOs: Keeping Track of the Players
By Judith Otto


How often do the MCOs/HMOs metamorphose? Is it true thatthey are buying each other out, changing names, and absorbing otherMCOs at a faster rate than ever? How many insurance companies is itpossible to hide under one umbrella?

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Innovations

Amfit Footfax-SL: Combining Innovation and Technology
By Ken Marich, MBA


Utilization of Amfit's patented electronic 3Dscanner and precision CAD/CAM carving mill provide an automatedmethod for making high-quality custom orthoses. We have found thatthis system yields high patient acceptance, improved costefficiencies, an...

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DC Direct

HIPAA Medical Privacy Rules: Will They Impact O&P Providers?
By Michael J. Allen, CPO, FAAOP, President


On August 14, the Department of Health and HumanServices (HHS) issued final modifications to the rule on medicalprivacy as required under the Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act (HIPAA) to establish Standards for Privacy ofIndividua...

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Shop Talk

Save $$ by Fabricating a One-Shot Socket Lamination with a Shuttle Lock
By Scott Tracewell


How many of you out there fabricate a doublelamination when using a shuttle lock and a 4-hole plate? If yousaid, "I do," I would like to share a technique that could save you50 percent in time and materials. Using its sealed lock, Coyote Designs,...

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Sports Page

US Captures 11 Gold Medals in IPC World Championships


April Holmes captured a silver medal in the T-44 class 100m race. She uses the new Otto Bock C-Sprint foot and Hanger ComfortFlex™ socket with an Alps EasyLiner™. Courtesy Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc.

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Profiles

Kristin Bradley, CP, CP(c)


Sudbury Regional Hospital Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Did someone encourage you to work in O&P? My high school guidance counselor. What is your dream vehicle?

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Perspectives

Your Reputation: How Important Is It?
By Gary F. Wertz


The most successful prosthetic practices in ourcountry today are staffed by prosthetists who enjoy outstandingreputations. These professionals have earned their reputations byproviding exceptional patient care. They make patient service ahigh prio...

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From The Editor
By Miki Fairley


Miki Fairley October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ManyO&P facility staffs include caring, knowledgeable certifiedmastectomy fitters (CMFs), many of whom are themselves breastcancer survivors. They fit clients with forms and prostheses, often...

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