The Man Behind the Mask - October 2004

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The Man Behind the Mask
By Meredy Fullen


Detroit Pistons power forward Richard "Rip" Hamilton garner drew a lot of attention in his team's triumph at the 2004 NBA finals, and much of the hype landed on the clear plastic protective mask that Hamilton wore.

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Feature

Today’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Reality in O&P Technology
By Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP


Take a journey through what an O&P practice could be tomorrow, with the use of computer technology that is available today.

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Feature

Low-Temperature Thermoplastic Splints/Orthoses Made by Therapists: An Overview of Current Practice
By Judy C. Colditz, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA


Therapists who treat patients with hand problemsfrequently use low-temperature thermoplastic materials for theconstruction of hand splints/orthoses 1-9 .Splints/orthoses are used by therapists to meet many differentclinical goals and are altered f...

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Leading EDGE

The “C” in Patient Care Merits an “A” in Marketing
By Patty Johnson


To earn an "A" in practice management, aim for a "C" in patientrelations. That "C" could be translated in several ways--courtesy,compassion, congeniality--but the one that is often the mostdifficult to sustain is a major player in all types ofrela...

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Cutting Edge

Lighter Breast Prostheses Equal Comfort, Benefits
By Mimi San Pedro, CMF


Breast prosthesis weight is an issue that hasevolved in recent years. The traditional school of thought was thatwomen should wear weighted silicone prostheses that are similar inweight to the natural breast to give balance. New research findingsan...

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Industry Leaders

Living Outside the Box: Kaia Halvorson, CPO, LPO
By Jodi Mills


Gracious and affable, Kaia Halvorson, CPO, LPO,speaks with enthusiasm when discussing the future of O&P. Hermindset is such that one would think nothing is impossible. With apositive, determined focus, Halvorson sees endless potential andopportuni...

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Stepping Out

Updating the Medicare Shoe Bill
By Seamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


During the past year the Statistical Analysis Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier (SADMERC) and Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carriers (DMERCs) have been busy overhauling portions of the Therapeutic Shoe Bill. These most recent changes...

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Innovations

The New Expectations of the Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinic
By Jennifer Dowell, CPO


With the establishment of the Internet, networks,electronic billing and banking, we find that electronicrecord-keeping and paperless offices are becoming the norm in manyareas of our lives. This evolution of business and officemanagement is now fi...

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Association Spotlight

CAPO Conference Impressive


The Canadian Association of Prosthetists andOrthotists (CAPO) biannual conference is Canada's largest nationalO&P event. According to several exhibitors, 2004 CAPO, held inOttawa, Ontario, Canada, was a very well organized and unitedmeeting, offer...

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Association Spotlight

Turning Dreams to Promises
By Judy Hettinga


Returning to Nashville, Tennessee, after adecade-long absence, the AmputeeCoalition of America (ACA) hosted a record 726 attendees at the14th Annual Educational Conference & Exposition, August 57,making it evident that its mission to reach out to...

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Salute!

We Salute Amputees Across America


Riders assemble for a group shot at Rockefeller Center. From left: Linda Holt, Kip Peavy, Andrew Johnson, Joe Sapere, James Thayer, and Richard Hudon. At 3:00 AM EDT, on August 6, five amputees rodetheir bicycles into Rockefeller Center, New York,...

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Global View

Salford Students Savor ‘White Nights’ Trip to Russia, Finland
By Nina Darke


Salford University P&O students pose at the Prosthetic Museum in St. Petersburg. At extreme right is Dr.

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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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Today's Consumer

Amy Purdy Takes On Hollywood
By Meredy Fullen


Appropriately nicknamed "Purdygirl" among her circleof family and friends, Amy Purdy has taken Hollywood by storm,making her presence known. Although Amy is a youthful and energetic24-year-old, her spirit is mature beyond her years. She possessest...

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Profile

Mark Harris, RFO, LFO


Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Fort Walton Beach, Florida What do you remember most about your first day onthe job? Being overwhelmed by dust, plaster, and chemicals. What Is the wackiest thing a patient/client everrequested?

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Perspective

Reimbursement: The Future Is Now
By Paul T. Webber, CPO, FAAOP, ABDA, BOCPO


The American population is growing older. The "babyboomers" are getting to the age where they will increasingly relyon the Medicare system to provide for their orthotic and prostheticneeds. Due to medical and technological advances, peoplewho woul...

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Viewpoints

From the Editor
By Miki Fairley


Take a mind-bending journey through the world oftomorrow's practitioner in the feature article, "Today'sDreams, Tomorrow's Reality in O&P Technology," by PaulPrusakowski, CPO, FAAOP. What's amazing is that most of thetechnology is available today....

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