Getting Paid - September 2012

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Getting Paid: Building Your Case and Defending Your Claims
By Judith Philipps Otto


"We're caught in a trap; I can't walk out...." —Elvis Presley, "Suspicious Minds" Today's reimbursement problems sound a lot like this Elvis Presley song. Over the last two years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed...

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The Evolving Business of O&P
By Kate Hawthorne


In the last decade or so, the O&P industry has been buffeted by the same winds of rising costs and shrinking reimbursements that have been blowing traditional healthcare practice models if not entirely out the window, at least closer to the exit....

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Are Orthopedic Surgeons Leaving the Amputation Healthcare Team?
By Betta Ferrendelli


Some Say Yes, Others Say It's a Shift in Care According to the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, while "worldwide prevalence estima...

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To Expand or Not to Expand: Medicaid Impact in the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Affordable Care Act
By Peter W. Thomas, JD; Joel M. Hamme, JD; and Theresa T. Morgan


After the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the bulk of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), several significant issues have been squarely deposited into the laps of the states, and they will need to act relatively quickly to resolve them. To be sure, legisla...

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Society Spotlight “Creating Magic” on the Economic Rollercoaster of the O&P Practice
By Keith M. Smith, CO, LO, FAAOP


As a practicing clinical orthotist, I follow the guiding philosophy that if you treat your patients as if they were members of your family, then you will develop longstanding relationships with them and establish an atmosphere in which patients ar...

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Today’s Consumer

Shared Interest, Great Solution
By Angela La Voie


Greg LaKomski found a way to turn his limb loss into success for himself and possibility for others. LaKomski rides in the 2011 Extremity Games. ( Photographs courtesy of Orthotic & Prosthetic Technologies.

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Industry Leader

Rick Fleetwood, MPA: Big Heart, Generous Spirit, Hard Work
By Miki Fairley


Rick Fleetwood. "A heart as big as all outdoors" seems to be a phrase specifically coined for Rick Fleetwood, MPA, CEO of Snell Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratory, Little Rock, Arkansas. Giving generously-not only financially but also in terms of hi...

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Stepping Out

It’s Fast to Relast
By Dennis Janisse, CPed


Dennis Janisse, CPed It is safe to say that most patients do not readily embrace the thought of having to wear custom-molded shoes. Their list of complaints is lengthy and familiar to the pedorthist and orthotist alike: "Those are the ugliest...

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Shop Talk

Making an Orthotic Carbon-Fiber Footplate with a Flexible Forefoot
By Justin Eitel


Justin Eitel Repeatedly flexing a thin strip of rigid material will eventually cause it to break. This principle has been demonstrated countless times with orthotic footplates. When the footplate breaks, it always does so at the point of maximum...

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Better Business

Humor in the Office
By Kate Hawthorne


A giggle a day helps keep stress at bay. An orthotist walks into a bar and orders a bracing drink. The prosthetist took a new technology class so he could get a leg up on the competition.

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Sports

Pistorius Makes History; 2012 NJDC; ACA Youth Camp


Pistorius Makes History Photograph courtesy of Fast Track Agency. Oscar Pistorius made history as the first bilateral amputee to compete in the Olympics when he took his place at the starting blocks in heat 1, round 1 of the men's 400m dash i...

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Education Outlook

Recipe for a Master’s Program from Scratch
By Joshua B. Utay, MEd, CPO


Part 2 in our exclusive coverage of the development of the master of science in orthitics and prosthetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. My shoes are too clean! The transition from full-time clinician to full-time educator has been...

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Hosmer: 100 Years of Prosthetic Development and Manufacturing


In the early 1900s, there weren't a lot of regulations in place to protect the safety of U.S industrial workers, and terminal devices for upper-limb prostheses were somewhat limited. This is the cultural landscape that D.W. Dorrance found himself...

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Face to Face

Matthew Schenk, CPO


What does O&P have in common with bears, owls, and elk? The answer is Matthew Schenk, who works at the Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Hanger Clinic. He traded a career as a wildlife biologist, in which he was involved in research on black bears in Califor...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Running an O&P facility in today's landscape of enhanced scrutiny and changing billing requirements can leave even the most seasoned billing professional feeling frustrated. If you have a billing question or a question about a denial, "Got FAQs?"...

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Viewpoint

Summer Fun, Losses, and Transitions


I recently returned from the 2012 Annual Scientific Symposium of the Florida Association of Orthotists & Prosthetists (FAOP) and the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (FCAAOP) in Marco Island, Florida. The O&P...

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Online Exclusive

2012 Paralympics: Athletes We Watched


In the August issue, The O&P EDGE   highlighted six athletes who should be exciting to watch. Now that the Paralympics are complete, we wanted to provide you with a follow-up on these athletes' performance in the Games. We applaud all of the Paral...

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LimbLogic® Technology Evolves!


EDGE Direct WillowWood's LimbLogic VS has been a popular choice with clinicians to provide patients with elevated vacuum. Now WillowWood is making this popular product even better. The new LimbLogic features a small, Bluetooth®, low-energy fob wh...

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