Riding Out the Recession - March 2010

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Riding Out the Recession: Survival Tips for O&P Businesses
By Judith Philipps Otto


Finances are tighter than ever for O&P business owners. The recession, coupled with uncertainty regarding the potential impact of proposed governmental healthcare reform, has left O&P business owners in limbo-reluctant to respond until new laws ha...

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Contracting During a Recession
By Judith Philipps Otto


It's definitely a buyer's market for managed-care organizations (MCOs) in search of O&P service providers, experts report. Providers unwilling or unable to accept the deeper discounts that MCOs are increasingly demanding have few alternatives to r...

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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: How the Great Recession Has Affected O&P
By Morgan Stanfield


The global economy is still feeling the pain of the largest economic downturn in more than 80 years. In the United States alone, the "Great Recession" has claimed more than 7.2 million jobs since January 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Stat...

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Feature

How to Keep Your Prosthetics Patients for Life
By Miki Fairley


"Their passion shows in their commitment to me as a human being. I really feel that they are on my side." —Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, family physician, bilateral transtibial amputee, Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) board member Jeffrey Cain's glowi...

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Healthcare Reform at an Impasse: Impact of Reform on O&P Patients and Providers
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Theresa Morgan


Shift in Focus from Healthcare to the Economy Thomas In his State of the Union speech in late January, President Barack Obama pressed Congress for final passage of a health-reform bill but primarily emphasized the economy as his highest prior...

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Better Business Series

Tough Economy Is No Hurdle for Othotics Start-up
By Rachel Kelley


Not many people have the courage, motivation, and single-minded vision to launch a business at all, let alone in one of the worst economic times in global history. It takes a person with a true love for their profession, a practical head for busin...

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Shop Talk

Technician Credentialing: A Gateway to Opportunity
By Tony Wickman, RTPO


Wickman Welcome to the fork in the road—this is when we decide how the future unfolds. Over the past year of working with the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC), I've seen a lot of discussion about the f...

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Industry Leader

Hugh Herr: Beyond the Merely Human
By Morgan Stanfield


If the power were granted you to break out of your cells... you would dare to be changed, as you are changing now, into the shape you dread, beyond the merely human. -From "King of the River," by Stanley Kunitz, former Poet Laureate of the United...

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Today’s Consumer

David Stiffler: One Step at a Time
By Jane Albritton


Dustin Stockdill (right) stabilizes David Stiffler as Sam Calabrace, CPO (left), evaluatesStiffler's gait. Photograph by Chad Means. Originally published in Our Town community newspaper,Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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Sports

Palmiero-Winters Triumphs with 130-Mile Run


Photograph courtesy of A Step Ahead Prosthetics & Orthotics. Will Compete in World Championship A 24-hour ultra-marathon is one of the most grueling events imaginable—as the sun rises, sets, and rises again over the track, runners' legs ramp up an...

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Perspective

The Dark Side of Parity
By Jim DeWees, CP


Three years ago in Indiana, a group of amputees and prosthetists got together to battle for parity. Differing views and ideas were tossed around, along with some concerns. I had two concerns at the time.

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Residency Report

Finding Myself in the Eye of the Storm
By Stephanie LeGare


As I am sitting here pondering a topic for this article, I am curious to discover that I have hit a bit of a lull in my residency. I don't mean a lack of things to do or people to see, but rather a mental lull. I am far enough into my residency to...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Clay Barrow, CO


Clay Barrow, CO, has an eye for information technology that's rare in the world of O&P professionals. The former independent software consultant came to O&P more than nine years after his 1995 graduation from Pennsylvania State University (Penn St...

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Industry Review • Consumer

Progress on Parity: A Look Back, A Look Ahead
By Dan Ignaszewski


In 2009, states nationwide stood up and said that insurance companies should cover prosthetics and orthotics so that the limb-loss community has access to the care they deserve for the premiums they've paid to their insurance companies. Thanks to...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. Because we understand that running an O&P practice gets more complicated each year, 'Got FAQs?' is here to help you with your toughest billing questions. This month's column covers yo...

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Viewpoint

Cautious Optimism or Full Steam Ahead?
By Karen Henry


U.S. small businesses were slightly more optimistic in January—but still depressed. This is the summation of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Research Foundation's February 2010 Quarterly Report .

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Online Exclusive

Ten Tips for Safer Barefoot Running
By Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee


In this preview of the article, "Barefoot Running: Trend or Timeless Wisdom?" to appear in the April issue of The O&P EDGE, Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee, authors of the upcoming book, Barefoot Running, offer the following ten tips for learning how to run barefoot in the safest way.

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