Educating Your Support Staff - April 2014

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Educating Your Support Staff: Good for Employees, Good for Business
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Nonclinical staff members at O&P patient care facilities arethe first people to greet patients, the first to hear about a complaint,and the ones who can ensure that the business gets paidfor its services. Yet despite their integral role, they do n...

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Affordable, Available CEUs: How to Find the Ones that Meet Your Needs
By Judith Philipps Otto


Most practitioners' to-do lists are getting longer while their available time is getting shorter. Dealing with increased documentation requirements, keeping pace with Medicare's changing regulations, and delivering the latest and most conscientiou...

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Training and Integrating Millennial Workers into Your O&P Practice
By John Brinkmann, MA, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, and Robert Huddler, PT, DPT, BOCP


INTRODUCTION The arrival of the Millennial Generation on the employment landscape means that a more diverse multigenerational workforce is becoming the norm for most professions. This change in the workforce offers challenges and opportunities...

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Are New Master’s-Level Practitioners Changing the Face of O&P?
By Miki Fairley


As the new wave of practitionerswith entry-level O&P master'sdegrees stream into the profession,how are they affecting its focusand clinical practice? What willthe future bring as their numbersincrease? The O&P EDGE asked experienced practitioners...

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CMS Documentation Requirements: Prosthetist Survey Results
By Peter Seaman, CP, CTP


In the December 2013 issue of The O&P EDGE, Iwrote a Perspective article, " A Call to Action ," in which I encouraged others in the O&P profession toget actively involved in efforts to advocate for changewith the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Se...

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Today’s Consumer

The Unlikely Runner, Jay Fain Jr.
By Judy Johnson Berna


Fain works on the treadmill at Bulow Biotech Prosthetics in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph courtesy of Bobby Latham. In 2007, on the day before he wasscheduled to fly home from Iraq fora two-week break, Army SergeantJay Fain Jr.

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Perspective

Opportunities and Challenges
By Daniel Minert, MS, CO, AT, ATC


As we survey the O&P landscape, we face dramatic challenges and exciting opportunities.Our practices and practitioners face uncertainty in the wake of the Centers forMedicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audits and the...

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Education Outlook

Master’s Program Profile Series: University of Pittsburgh


The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accreditedmaster's level O&P educational programs. This month we feature the University of Pittsburgh,School of Health and Rehabilitation Science...

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Industry Review - Sports

Paralympic Retrospective: Never Say “Can’t” Until You’ve Tried


Photographs courtesy of Oates. In February 1980, Zehavah "Z" Oates (née Whitney) was one of twoindividuals with bilateral above-knee amputations invited by theInternational Sports Organization for the Disabled (ISOD) togive a ski demonstration in...

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Face to Face

Timothy Nelson, BOCO


For Tim Nelson, BOCO, the combined experience of studying science and being an owner andoperator of a contracting business opened the doors to his current position as the director atAudubon Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, Colorado Springs, Colorad...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Billing for O&P devices seems to get more complicated by the day. Count on "Got FAQs?" to help answer your toughest questions. This month's column addresses your questions about billing for replacement knee orthoses and new 2014 L-Codes for AFOs a...

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Industry Review - Conferences

The Academy Celebrates 40 Years
By Andrea Spridgen


About 1,650 attendees braved the cold weather in Chicago,Illinois, February 26-March 1, as the American Academyof Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) celebrated its40th anniversary at its Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium.The meeting kic...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Hanger Education Fair: Courage, Commitment, Care


Harold Sears, PhD, (center) demonstrates the grip capability of a Motion Control prosthetic arm. Photograph courtesy of Hanger. Hanger, Austin, Texas, held its 2014 Annual Education Fair andNational Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 4-7.

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Industry Review - Conferences

OTWorld to Convene in Leipzig in May


Photograph from the 2012 International Trade Show and World Congress courtesy of Leipziger Messe Uwe Frauendorf. OTWorld, formerly the ORTHOPÄDIE + REHA-TECHNIK InternationalTrade Show and World Congress, will convene in Leipzig,Germany, from May...

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Viewpoint

The Goal of Lifelong Learning
By Andrea Spridgen


I've always been passionate about education. It was,in fact, my enjoyment of learning that spurred meto earn an advanced degree directly after finishingmy bachelor's degree. Since then I have been fortunatein my professional life to be presented w...

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Online Exclusive

New Features and Benefits of ORION


The ORION has been readapted to not only fit the needs of everyday life, but also to give the user opportunities to participate in more activities so they can get busy living.

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Just in Time for the International Congress: OTWorld Sneak Peek


The OTWorld 2014 International Congress will be held May 13–16, in Leipzig, Germany. This issue of EDGE Direct presents highlights of some of the sessions that will be presented there.

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