Prosthetic Knees: What's on the Way? What's New & Impressive? - October 2003

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Feature

Prosthetic Knees: What’s Currently New and Impressive?
By Judith Otto


What makes the continuing search for that perfect knee so interesting is the myriad widely divergent approaches designers are now exploring—hydraulic, mechanical, and computerized—as reflected in the variety of available knee designs currently regarded as state-of-the-art.

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Geriatric Patients

Geriatric Patients: Are They Getting the Best Prosthetic Choices?
By Raymond Francis, CP


Classifying geriatric patients appropriately is crucial to providing beneficial components.

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Leading EDGE

Superb Customer Service: Increase Referrals Without Deep Discounting!
By Joe Sansone


With Medicare threatening to cut reimbursements yetagain and new competitors gobbling up market share, O&Pfacilities are now forced to analyze their businesses and seekopportunities to increase their referrals. Many companies may feelthey must joi...

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Scoliosis Symposium Success
By Miki Fairley


In an imperfect world, sometimes things do come together almost perfectly. This was the case at a symposium on idiopathic scoliosis presented at the Portland, Oregon, Shriners Hospital for Children, which brought together leading experts in the field.

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Optimum Thoracic Pad Placement
By Marty Carlson, CPO, FAAOP


In the early to mid-1970s one commercial entitybegan to teach that the cephalad margin of scoliosiscorrective/holding pads should be no more cephalad than the apex ofthe curve they were applied to. In the years since, that "rule" hasgained conside...

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Got FAQs?

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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Salute!

Project Hope: Aiding Disabled Children in Russia


Olya, age 15, is fitted for her prosthesis. Photos courtesy of Project Hope Suppose you are a child with a physical disabilityand you have no family. You live in a country with limited medicalfacilities and resources.

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Today's Consumer

Teen Expands Lifestyle After Amputation
By Alan Kercher


In most ways, Shelby Robin, Woodlands, Texas, isan active, typical teenager. The 15-year-old is a member of thehigh school student council and a competitive cheerleading squad.She recently received her learner's driving permit and negotiatesdrivin...

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DC Direct

HIPAA Security and the Administrative Safeguards—Part 2
By Jay Masci


In the last article, we discussed the first fouradministrative safeguard standards in detail. In this article, wewill cover the remaining administrative safeguard standards indetail and how each one will affect your O&P organization.Prepare yourse...

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Innovations

VASI Offers Advanced Pediatric Hand Technology
By William J. Hanson, MS


Figure 1 The latest development in pediatric handtechnology is the new Single Program-ming Module (SPM") circuitfrom Variety Ability Systems, Inc. (VASI) [Figure 1]. The SPMoffers many features not previously available in prosthetic handcontrollers.

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Profiles

Ramona Okumura, CP


University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Faculty, Division of Prosthetics-Orthotics Seattle, Washington Are you left-handed orright-handed? Right. Which would you rather give up: TV orcomputer?

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Perspective

Hospital Undercover Agent
By Edgy


I decided last year to attend one of those seminars on improvingyour healthcare practice. HMOs, PPOs, contracting, any willingprovider, and capitated pricing--my head was swimming like a fishby lunchtime. If I learned anything, it was that if a lo...

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Viewpoints

From The Editor


"...I dream things that never were, and say, Whynot?'"                   --George Bernard Shaw, Englishplaywright These words could well apply to the prosthetists,engineers, and other visionaries who constantly seek to producebetter prosthetic an...

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Feature

Prosthetic Knees: What’s on the Way?
By Judith Otto


It has been said that there's nothing new under thesun, but somehow there always seems to be a new modification,approach, or philosophy that, when applied to an "old" concept,certainly appears to create something new. And why worry aboutsemantics...

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