Maximizing Patient Potential in an Audit-Intensive World - October 2013

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Maximizing Patient Potential in an Audit-Intensive World
By Judith Philipps Otto


"Today the research is able to demonstrate the functional value of sophisticated prosthetic feet and the potential reduction of harm to the sound-side limb in people with dysvascular and traumatic amputations." -Robert Gailey, PhD, PT Althou...

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Outcome Measures: Avenues for Optimizing Prosthetic Performance
By Vibhor Agrawal, PhD, ATP


Are you optimizing prosthetic performance in yourpatients? Is improved performance translating intobetter health for your patients? Are you measuringoutcomes to document the health-related benefitsof the prostheses you provide to your patients?

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Outcomes: Creating Medical Services with P&O Devices
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The P&O profession is somewhat unique among the alliedhealthcare disciplines in that our efforts can be reduced bysome to the provision of devices rather than the provision ofmedical services. As eager as we are to distance ourselves fromthe label...

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Upper-Limb Prosthetics: Seeking the Sense of Touch
By Miki Fairley


I feel, therefore I am. Although philosopher and mathematician Reneì Descartesactually said, "I think, therefore I am," feeling, not onlyin the sense of emotions but also in the literal fifth sense,touch, helps us interact with the world around us...

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Better Business

O&P Preparation for the Transition to ICD-10
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


All entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act (HIPAA) will be required to transition to thetenth revision of the International Statistical Classification ofDiseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) by October 1...

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Perspective

Prostheses in Physically Demanding Work
By Craig Heckathorne, MS


Although the American workplace continues to shift away from physically challengingcivilian occupations dependent on strength and endurance, there are still occupations, suchas those involving agriculture, where physical challenges are an integral...

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Shop Talk

How to Fabricate a Molded KAFO, Part II
By Louise Bensley, CTPO


In the first installment of this series ( The O&P EDGE ,September 2013), I covered creating a positive mold andsurfacing the mold. We also marked our ankle height,final AFO height, knee center, and distal thigh trim. Inthis installment, we'll fina...

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Today’s Consumer

Andrew Lourake: Independence Day
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Amidst the daylong Fourth of July festivities-a barbecue withfriends, water sports, and fireworks-Lt. Col. (Ret.) AndrewLourake experienced his own personal independence day whenhe realized the true versatility of the Ottobock X3 microprocessor-co...

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Stepping Out

Keeping Athletes in the Game with Custom Sports Orthotics
By Howard Hillman, CPed


On a recent early morning, I sat in my sunroom getting readyto head out on a training ride and started thinking about all ofthe specialized equipment that I was wearing. I was wearing theteam kit (jersey and shorts) and appropriate moisture-wickin...

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Sports

Swimming and Golf Championships


IPC Swimming World Championships Long gets ready to compete. Photograph by André Petit, courtesy of the IPC. The 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming WorldChampionships, which were held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, cameto a clos...

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Face to Face

Sidney Nicely, CP


When Sidney Nicely, CP, was a newborn in 1947, his sister kept asking their parents about a spot onhis right foot. Physicians diagnosed the spot as osteogenic sarcoma, and Nicely underwent a transfemoralamputation at ten weeks old. At two years ol...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time-consuming to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help you sort through the complexities associated with O&P billing. This month's column addresses your questions about O&P licensure or certification requireme...

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Viewpoint

A Season of Change
By Tonja Randolph


The changing of seasons brings even more changesto Western Media. With the EDGE Quick Creditprogram in full swing, we hope that our readers arefinding an additional, cost-effective way to obtaincontinuing education units (CEUs) from the comfortof...

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Online Exclusive

The New DuraWalk™ Foot


Low-activity feet are sometimes overlooked for flashier moderate-activity feet and for the potential of patient improvement. This no longer needs to be the case. The new DuraWalk™ Foot combines multiaxial performance with a sleek design commonly r...

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Online Exclusive

AOPA 2013 World Congress


To the theme of a "Whole New World," more than 2,000 members of the O&P community from 43 countries convened for the 2013 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) World Congress in Orlando, Florida, for four days of education, networking,...

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