Rapid Manufacturing - September 2010

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Rapid Prototyping/Manufacturing: “Tomorrow Is Just a Day Away”
By Miki Fairley


When midday approaches, does the convenience of fast food beckon? Well, you can forget the drive-through. Just turn on your printer-your 3D printer, that is.

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Feature

Fabrication Tips and Tricks for 2010
By Judith Philipps Otto


Ask a simple question, and sometimes the answer is anything but simple. During our search to assemble a collection of practical tips and tricks used by some of the industry's most experienced fabrication experts, we discovered that "tricks" extend...

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Feature

The Looming Giant: The FDA’s Evolving Role in O&P
By Morgan Stanfield


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the behemoths of modern governance. With its $3.2 billion budget and more than 9,000 employees, its official duty is to "protect the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and sec...

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Perspective

Digital Fabrication: The Potential for Improved Fit and Function
By Don Buethorn, CPO


I've been involved in the O&P field for almost 30 years. It's been an exciting process that has included lots of learning opportunities. As the years have changed, so too has the technology.

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Innovations

Galileo: Charting the Future of O&P
By Morgan Stanfield


Galileo Galilei had a problem with data. The titan among Renaissance scientist-philosophers had exhorted his fellows to "measure what is measurable and make measurable what is not so," and in following his own advice confirmed a new view of the un...

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Today’s Consumer

Earl Fogler:The End of Innocence
By Laura Hochnadel


In many ways, the year 1959 presaged the end of an age of innocence. It was the year several U.S. servicemen were killed in a guerilla attack, signaling the first deaths of the Vietnam War; G.D.

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Better Business Series

Provider Compliance Update
By Christine Duprey


Implementing policies and procedures to meet compliance requirements is not a new practice for healthcare providers. Since the introduction of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), providers, health plans, and cl...

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Shop Talk

I’m a Technician, Not a Magician
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


The phrase "work your magic" is both a compliment and a curse. On one hand, it is a tremendous vote of confidence when someone clearly believes I have the skill, experience, wisdom, or whatever to turn a bad cast into a functional orthosis. On the...

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Residency Report

Finishing Is Not the End
By Stephanie LeGare


As I approach the end of my orthotic residency, I've asked myself what were the most important things I learned. At first, I needed to gain self-confidence as patients questioned my experience, and their unique conditions challenged my orthotic ex...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Brent Johnson, CPed


Plato said, "Necessity is the mother of invention," and Brent Johnson, CPed, might just agree. Johnson and his wife have a 17-year-old son with cerebral palsy (CP) who has needed bracing and specialized footwear since early childhood. Johnson said...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time consuming to appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatory accreditation, aging technology, and increased billing errors, running an O&P facility gets more complicated each year. This month's column address...

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Industry Review

ACA’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp Celebrates Another Successful Year


Goal of 100 Campers was Reached The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) held another successfulcamp session in July, sending 100 campers to the Paddy RossbachYouth Camp. The ACA raised more than $180,000 to send thechildren, ages 10-17, from 33 sta...

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Viewpoint

What Makes Us Better
By Tonja Randolph


As you know, the staff at The O&P EDGE and I are constantly looking for ways to improve every aspect of what we do—we look hard at our own performance and actively seek out and use feedback from our readers, writers, and board of advisors to learn...

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Online Exclusive

Evolution Custom and Standard (Stock) Liners


EDGE Direct Sponsored Story "As a previous user of custom urethane liners, I have been very satisfied with the quality and performance of Evolution's custom silicone liners. The customer service is fabulous, and they will always go the extra mil...

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Online Exclusive

Fabrication Tips and Tricks for 2010: Money Matters


The September 2010 issue of The O&P EDGE presents expert advice on providing patient care, nuts-and-bolts shortcuts for technicians or any clinician who fabricates, and suggestions on adjustments in basic tech-management philosophy. Bob Collins, C...

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