Apples to Apples: ISPO Proposes Model for Research Participant Data - January 2013

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Apples to Apples: ISPO Proposes Model for Research Participant Data
By Garrison Wells


Ask any business owner: Attempting to set standards that are consistently adhered to in a single company can be tough. In an entire industry, the process can be rife with pitfalls. But what about setting standards on a worldwide basis, where cultu...

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Hands across the Ocean
By Kate Hawthorne


International Group Collecting Data On Multiarticulating Hands After three years and six meetings on two continents, the Strategic Consortium for Upper-Limb Prosthetic Technologies (SCULPT) is set to launch its first international study of upper...

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The Poetry of Osseointegration
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters...to Patients Over the last several years, there has been a steady escalation of interest in and research associated with the use of osseointegration (OI) as a means of managing unilateral transfemoral amputa...

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2012 Election Overview and Implications for the O&P Profession
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Theresa T. Morgan


The Washington DC political environment changed only slightly as a result of the 2012 national elections, despite a lengthy campaign season that resulted in unprecedented political spending over the past two years. President Barack Obama won reele...

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Today’s Consumer

Leo Millar: Drive at the Heart of All He Does
By Betta Ferrendelli


11-year-old Leo Millar aims to be a future golf champion. Photographs courtesy of Ian Millar. Leo Millar was born without a right hand, but that hasn't stopped the 11-year-old from becoming a brown belt in karate or becoming a masterful skateboarder.

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Industry Leader

Joan Edelstein, MA, PT, FISPO, CPed
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Dedicated to O&P Education Edelstein at the University of Wisconsin, top row second from left. Photographs courtesy of Joan Edelstein . For 30 years—from 1961 through 1991—Joan Edelstein, MA, PT, FISPO, CPed, was a senior research scientist i...

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Perspective

O&P Abroad: Recirculation of O&P Wealth
By Dino Scanio, CO


Scanio and his patient celebrate after she receives her first set of AFOs. The Florida O&P Outreach Team (FOOT Foundation) completed another trip to Guatemala on September 22, 2012. More than 40 children were fit with much needed orthoses and pros...

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Better Business

Thinking Outside the Clinical Box—Facility Offers Fitness, Wellness, and Social Space
By Miki Fairley


Even in a profession noted for dedicated practitioners and quality facilities, Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates of Central Florida (POA), Orlando, and its owner and president, Stan Patterson, CP, stand out. In a tight economy where many healthcare...

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O&Pedia

Welcome to O&Pedia


Welcome to O&Pedia O&P, just like every other industry, profession, sport, and hobby, has its own "language"—an amalgamation of acronyms, words, organizations, processes, and procedures. Although those new to the profession may most often stumb...

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Shop Talk

Shaping Covers and Applying Skin
By Ronnie N. Graves, BOCPO, LPO, CO, CTP


There are many different types of prosthetic leg covers and fabrication materials. You need to know upfront what your end result should be before you make a decision about components. Depending on the circumstances, you may be following the prosth...

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Face to Face

Jennifer Klein, CPO, MS, PCT


Born and raised in Redding, California, Jennifer Klein's journey in O&P and healthcare has taken her not only around the country but also around the world. After completing her bachelor's degree in O&P at the University of Texas Southwestern Medic...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs: New lower-limb prosthesis L-Codes for 2013 and addition codes for L-1840, L-1844, and L- 1846
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Whether you are new to O&P billing or have years of experience, denials can be frustrating to handle and difficult to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to provide you with the information you need to save time and frustration. This month's column addre...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Little Rock Welcomes the PFA 53rd Annual Symposium & Exhibition
By Margaret Hren


PFA President Jay Zaffater, CPed, presents Dane LaFontsee, CPed, with the Seymour Lefton Lifetime Achievement Award. Jeremy Long, CPed, demonstrates hands-on casting techniques. His "patient" is TamaraDaulton, CPed, LPed.

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Viewpoint

One of These Things Is Just Like the Other…
By Karen Henry


Or is it? Infants instinctively use comparative thinking to distinguish their mothers from other individuals. Indeed, this type of thinking is fundamental to the learning process.

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EDGE Direct

Clinical Benefits are Critical to Reimbursement Success


EDGE Direct Since 1999, C-Leg has been the subject of more than 40 clinical studies of microprocessor-controlled knees (MPK). Not in-house studies, but published, peer-reviewed clinical research—the kind that makes payers sit up and take notice....

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