O&P Legislative/Policy Update - June 2006

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OIG Questions Proposed Arrangements with Medical Groups
By John Latsko


John Latsko On March 28, 2006, the Office of Inspector General (the "OIG") of the Department of Health and Human Services (the "DHHS") issued Advisory Opinion 06-02. The opinion examines two programs proposed by a manufacturer (the "Requestor")...

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Feature

Colorado Grassroots Coalition Achieves Prosthetic Parity
By Sherry Metzger, MS


Prosthetic parity is defined by the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) as "insurance companies covering appropriate prosthetic care." In 2001, Colorado was the first state to achieve parity legislation under the leadership of Jeffrey Cain, MD, chi...

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New York State Goes After O&P Licensure
By Tina Eichner


The New York State Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (NYSAAOP) has undertaken the task of pursuing licensure for all orthotics and prosthetics providers in New York State. "Licensure legally defines a profession based...

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Giving Wounded Warriors a Voice: NTWH’s Workshop Equips Writers
By Judith Philipps Otto


"Empowering those with disabilities" is a common catchphrase, frequently used by those in the O&P profession. Most often, it refers to restoring physical mobility. But as those who serve amputees are well aware, healing is a process that involves...

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Initiative Aims to Increase P&O Academic, Research Capacity
By Miki Fairley


Don Katz, CO, FAAOP Bold. Visionary. These words describe the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) Advanced Education & Research Training Initiative (AERTI) which has the lofty goal of increasing the academic and researc...

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Today's Consumer

Bilateral Amputee Named in Top 25 NCAA Moments: College Wrestling Champion Nick Ackerman
By Sherry Metzger


The 2001 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship was determined in the last seven seconds. After dominating the first two periods of the match, leading nine to two, Nick Ackerman was getting tired. Knowing it was time to "take his shot," the 174-lb.

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Shop Talk

The Plastic Within
By Craig MacKenzie, CP, RTP(c)


The use of 1/8-in. plastic on the inside of laminated sockets has been around for a few years now. It is mainly used to reduce the leak rate of high-vacuum sockets by providing a barrier from the carbon fiber.

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Progress on Parity

ACA Working to Advance Prosthetic Parity
By Morgan Sheets


As many legislative sessions wrap up business forthe year, The Amputee Coalition of America's (ACA) Action Plan forPeople with Limb Loss(APPLL) has some great progress to celebrate.Bills were introduced throughout the country, and we had hearingso...

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Perspective

Value of Masters Degree in the ‘Real World’
By Andrew Sawers


With a new masters degree from the pioneering Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) program at Georgia Tech, I entered the "real world" of O&P on June 13, 2005, as an orthotics and prosthetics resident at the University of Rocheste...

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3 Views of Advanced Degrees
By Miki Fairley


PhD Student Beth Brown is one of the first three students in thepioneering PhD in applied physiology program of the GeorgiaInstitute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta. The new doctoralprogram relates to the O&P profession. What brought this b...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends on knowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding the full aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectively increase your reimbursement. This informative column will help providers a...

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Viewpoint

From the Editor:Take Part in Your Future
By Tina Eichner


I'm just a bill, well, I'm only a bill, and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill... Any child of the 70s and 80s (and thanks to themagic of DVD, their own children today) fondly remembers the Schoolhouse Rock song from Saturday morning cartoonsexplain...

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