Medicare Coding & Billing: Not Just a Job...an Adventure! - October 2007

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Medicare Coding & Billing: Not Just a Job…an Adventure!
By Judith Philipps Otto


If you're looking for adventure in exotic and unexplored new territory, fraught with unexpected pitfalls, hazardous traps, ever-changing challenges to your skill and alertness, and the perpetual risk of seizure and imprisonment, it's not necessary...

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Controlling A/R with Finance Options
By Kim M. Norton


Offering alternatives can keep the red off your face and away from your bottom line. Patients today are faced with more financial responsibility than ever, but so too are practitioners. As practitioners, you want to provide optimal care and work w...

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6 Steps to a Successful Phone Screen
By Kelly Ann Smith


First Contact: Dialing Your Future Employees (and Weeding Out Others) You need to hire a new employee soon, and it can't be just any warm body, but wading through the sea of hopefuls seems daunting. A telephone screen is a pivotal step in the re...

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Today's Consumer

Dennis Gordon: Triple Amputee Isn’t Spinning His Wheels
By Sherry Metzger


Dennis Gordon just wants to be an ordinary guy. But nothing about this 57-year-old triple amputee and multi-sport, competitive athlete is ordinary. After a landmine explosion resulted in the loss of his left leg above the knee, right leg below the...

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Feature

From Disability to Hyper-Ability?
By Brady Delander


Rapidly advancing technology blurs the line of equality in competition. South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (left) competes next to Italy's Marco Moraglio in a mens 400m race. Pistorius has magnified the debate about whether or not technological advanc...

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Innovations

‘Smart Brace’ Brightens Scoliosis Treatment Outlook
By Miki Fairley


Young scoliosis patients can unintentionally compromise the effectiveness of their orthosis as their energetic lifestyles and daily activities can cause it to loosen. Now a solution is at hand-a "smart brace" which automatically tightens itself if...

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Industry Review

ISPO World Congress Draws Delegates from 68 Countries


David Condie, Knud Jansen Lecture Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was the setting for the 12th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO). Held from July 29 to August 3, the Congress drew in nearly 1...

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Industry Leader

Paddy Rossbach, RN: Consumer Power
By Miki Fairley


Paddy Rossbach is truly a Renaissance woman-a passionate driving force for amputees' quality of life, a staunch, outspoken consumer advocate, an organizer, a mover and shaker-and a noted horsewoman in Arabian dressage who has placed high in compet...

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Residency Report

A Guide to Disorientation
By Ronald A. Roiz, MSPO


A "Whirling Dervish" is a Turkish dancer who ceremonially spins around to represent man's ascent toward perfection and a greater ability to service the whole of creation. For the first month of my residency, I too have been whirling; however, I...

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Sports

Sports News


CAF, PC Athletes Take on the Big Apple' The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), San Diego, California, traded sandy beaches and surfboards for skyscrapers and subway trains, as CAF representatives, athletes, and supporters converged on New Y...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for David Moe, CP(c)


David Moe was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and at the age of 14 he started sweeping floors and pouring plaster at Northern Alberta Prosthetic & Orthotic Services Ltd., his family's business in Edmonton. For Moe, that was all it took-he h...

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Perspective

Everybody Needs to Be EDGY about This


Being edgy is hard on your health atleast that's what Doc is always telling me. I've been doing prettygood not letting things get to me. Pretty good indeed...until theother day when I was talking to my cousin, who practices twocounties away.

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Progress on Parity

Portrait of an Activist: William Samuels
By Morgan Sheets


The arrival of autumn tells us that we only have a few short months to prepare for the 2008 legislative session, which is just around the corner. The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is excited to take the fight for parity to more states than ev...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify andtime consuming to appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatoryaccreditation, aging technology, and increased billing errors,running an O&P shop gets more complicated eachyear. Q: I have searched everywhere for a...

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Viewpoint

Evolution
By Karen Henry


As we close out this issue of The O&P EDGE , we're well into the planning season for our next year of editorial content. Planning for the future inevitably leads to an examination of the past-what has worked, what has not worked, and...

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