2011 Salary Survey - September 2011

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The Debt Limit Deal and Its Impact on Healthcare Providers and the O&P Profession
By Peter W. Thomas, JD; and Adam R. Chrisney


The deal that the White House and top lawmakers reached on July 31, which was signed into law on August 2, 2011, known as the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the Act), averted what would have become the first default of the federal government in U.S....

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The O&P EDGE 2011 Salary Survey
By Laura Hochnadel


How much do you earn? It's a simple question, but for some it's an inquiry that resides outside the realm of polite, day-to-day conversation. In a professional setting, however, knowing how much others in your chosen career path earn could tip the...

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You’re Hired! How to Land a Job in O&P: A Business Owner’s Wish List
By Betta Ferrendelli


Every O&P practice has different needs when it comes to hiring the right employee; however, there are two things these employers have in common: they want their prospective hires to be resourceful and to care about the people they serve. "From a b...

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Career Satisfaction: Tips for Balancing Work & Life
By Betta Ferrendelli


There are an estimated 6,500 orthotists and prosthetists certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) and/or the Board for Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC). When adding certified pe...

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Company Culture: Does It Matter?
By Miki Fairley


Can a company's culture affect its bottom line? Though considered by many as intangible and "touchy-feely," experience and recent scientific research indicate that company culture can have a measurable impact on a company's performance and profits...

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Tech-Savvy Communication
By Kim Norton


From simple to sophisticated, practical tips for using technology to optimize patient outcomes and expand the virtual footprint of your practice. We are creatures of habit. We gravitate toward what is known, what is comfortable, and what works, bu...

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Perspective

Why Reciprocity Provisions in State O&P
Licensure Bills Are Important
By Andy Helms, BOCO, CP, LP, LPO


State licensure laws are an important priority for O&P providers. Licensure laws offer extra protection to our patients and help reduce the potential for fraud and abuse by preventing those who may be unscrupulous or underqualified from interferin...

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Today’s Consumer

Cristy Wang: Feeling the Joy with Each Step
By Laura Hochnadel


Ask someone what their most treasured gift is, and you'll receive a wide range of answers: a necklace, a guitar, a car, a camera-gifts of all shapes and sizes. For example, Cristy Wang's most treasured gift is battery operated and about the size o...

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Shop Talk

The Art of Mold Modification
By Tony Wickman


For five weeks this summer, we were lucky enough to have an intern from one of the O&P technical education programs working with us. We like working with interns because it gives us a chance to see the relative effectiveness of the various technic...

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Industry Leader

Dennis Clark, CPO: There’s Always a New Horizon
By Miki Fairley


For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

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Sports

Pistorius Competes in World Championships
Palmiero-Winters Finishes 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon


Pistorius Competes in World Championships Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius is the first amputee athlete to compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics. Now in its 13 th year, the...

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Residency Report

Evolution
By Ronald Dickson


"Fifteen hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the earth was flat, and 15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow."...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Gabriel Beversluis, CO


A passion for working with his hands and a desire to make a positive impact on peoples' lives led Gabriel Beversluis to a career in O&P. His older brother, an occupational therapist, suggested the profession because he thought that it was a good f...

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Industry Review - Consumer & Humanitarian

Campers Learn Many Things at Youth Camp


In addition to making new friends and participating in activities such as swimming, basketball, and archery, campers like Daniel Carroll II learn many things while attending the Amputee Coalition's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, held annually in Clark...

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Industry Review - Associations

FAOP Hosts Successful Conference


FAOP Hosts Successful Conference The Florida Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists(FAOP), in partnership with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy), conducted a successful conference in Orlan...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices and care is complicated. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help ensure you have the most current information when preparing your claims. This month's column addresses your questions about Medicare documentation, billing for custom or...

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Viewpoint

On the Bright Side
By Karen Henry


While many occupational sectors in the United States face a gloomy employment outlook, healthcare enjoys a relatively sunny forecast. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics "Career Guide to Industries, 2010-11 Edition," healthcare is exp...

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The Shocking Truth


EDGE Direct Vertical shock absorption is provided by the Fusion Foot and has been since the foot's release. But we're still hearing of some doubts and contradictions from others in the market. Take it from us...we know what we're talking about.

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The Value of In-House Fabrication


After three sluggish quarters, the country's economy continues at a tortoise-like pace. Higher oil prices haven't helped, impacting everything from distribution costs to food prices. With unemployment continuing to hover around 9 percent, O&P busi...

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