PT Direct Access: Threat to O&P - September 2003

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NegReg Crashes: Why? O&P's Battle Continues
By Susi Funkhouser, MBA


Susie Funkhouser reports on what happened at the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee meetings, why consensus could not be reached, and where the O&P field stands now on this important issue.

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O&P: Failing To Protect ‘Qualified’ Status through Licensure?
By Susi Funkhouser, MBA


Pursuant to the federal statute, Section 427 of BIPA 2000, aqualified practitioner is defined as: A physician, a qualifiedphysical or qualified occupational therapist, and a state-licensedorthotist or prosthetist; or in states that do not issue th...

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Stability Within the Socket Creates Stable World
By Robert Gailey, PhD, PT


Illustrations by Frank Angulo Illustrations reproduced with permission from AdvancedRehabilitation Therapy Inc., Miami, Florida Much has been written and discussed aboutestablishing stability in the socket by means of surgery witheither myoplast...

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Scoliosis Course at UDB a Success
By Joyce Tan


Students from IIT and UDB work together on one of the young patients. The presentation of a new, cost-efficient kit tofacilitate bracing for scoliosis patients was the culmination of ayear-long project to develop a basic system whose prototype was...

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Sports Page

AAA Riders Promote Attitude, Goals
By Judy Hettinga


Bruce Hibbett (left), Mark Farrell (center), and Jim Delong with HealthSouth patient Sean Bakker and his older brother. Bruce Hibbett, Jim Delong, and Mark Farrell havehad the experience of a lifetime as participants in a cross-countrybicycle and...

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Education Outlook

The Secret of ABC’s Success
By Thomas H. Derrick


The American Board for Certification’s new Registered Fitter credential has generated remarkable interest in six months of existence. Here’s why:

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Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends onknowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding thefull aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectivelyincrease your reimbursement. This informative column will helpproviders and t...

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Global View

Reporte: Presentación del Kit de Escoliosis
By Bairon Mejía, Marvin Gramajo


This article is available in Spanishonly .

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Perspective

Stop, Drop, and Roll
By Randy Schmitke, CPA, MBA


When I was a kid, I remember being taught firesafety in elementary school. The fireman came to our school in fullgear and explained that if a fire occurred in our house and wecaught on fire, we needed to "stop, drop, and roll." The corepurpose of...

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Viewpoints

From the Editor


Sometimes the winds of change seem more like a hurricane.

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Feature

PT Direct Access: Threat to O&P?
By Miki Fairley


Should physical therapists have “direct access” to patients—being able to provide physical therapy services without a physician’s prescription? With or without the passage of “direct access” legislation, should physical therapists be allowed to provide orthotic and prosthetic services and devices, without additional education, training, licensing, and/or certification, as part of their scope of practice?

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