Microprocessor-Controlled Knees - June 2014

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Microprocessor-Controlled Knees: Evolution of a Game Changer
By Miki Fairley


Photograph courtesy of Ottobock. Since their arrival on the U.S. prosthetic stage in 1999 with the Ottobock C-Leg®,microprocessor-controlled knees (MPKs) have arguably been one of the mostsignificant advancements in transfemoral clinical care in p...

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High Tech, Low Tech—Appropriate Tech, The Right Solution for the Patient
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


A few years ago, Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP, a clinician with HangerClinic, Salt Lake City, Utah, was confused by a patient's prosthetic preference.The patient, a 46-year-old woman, had bilateral transfemoral amputationsand a right transhumeral...

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The Dawn of Powered Lower-Limb Prostheses: Part 3
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


The Dawn of Powered Lower-Limb Prostheses series of articles describes the progress of prosthetic technology toward powered lower-limb prostheses.In the first article , the two approaches most prevalent in the academic literature, the BiOM foot an...

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Speed, the Grim Reaper, and Stroke Rehabilitation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


"How Fast Does the Grim Reaper Walk?" This was the title of an academic article published in the British Medical Journal in 2011, and sent to me by a good friend and colleague. 1 The article stands as a strong witness for those of us who maintain...

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Clarifying Medicare Participation and Assignment Rules
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Christina Hughes, JD, MPH


This article is part one of two articles that will review ways that may help to limit Medicare audit risk. As O&P providers and suppliers struggle through the everincreasingburden of Medicare claim audits, there are very fewencouraging signs or pr...

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Perspective

The Hidden Cost of Capitated Payment
By D. Scott Williamson, MBA, CAE


As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) works its way through the various bureaucraciesat the federal level, it is also affecting state programs, such asMedicaid. National O&P organizations are working hard to influencefederal reimbursement policy decisi...

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Academy Society Spotlight

Techniques for Treating Idiopathic Scoliosis
By Sun Hae Jang, MSc, CO, and Jennifer A. Hutson, MS, OTR, OTL, ATP


Achieving a 3D Biomechanical Goal with a Corrective TLSO Due to the three-dimensional (3D) deformities and complexity ofidiopathic scoliosis (IS), it is hard to achieve a well-balanced,properly aligned spine and a symmetric trunk with an orthosis...

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Education Outlook

Master’s Program Profile Series: University of Washington


The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accredited master's level O&P educational programs. This month we feature the University of Washington, Seattle, Master of Prosthetics & Orthotic...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


When you need help with your toughest billing questions, count on "Got FAQs?" to provide you with the information you need to help keep your billing on track. This month's column tackles your questions about criteria for addition codes with microp...

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Viewpoint

O&P’s Relationship with Technology: It’s Complicated
By Andrea Spridgen


There's no doubt that technology has had a greatimpact on the O&P profession, but when it comesto defining the relationship between the two, it'scomplicated. For every new high-tech innovation,such as the newly approved DEKA Arm System, orthe late...

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Online Exclusive

The RUSH™ Foot—Changing Lives with Every Step


Ability Dynamics designs state-of-the art prosthetic foot products, with a patient-first focus on flexibility, like nothing else on the market today. Innovative thinking, coupled with the Flexeon™ glass composite, has resulted in the new RUSH™ foo...

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MPK Technology Helps Police Officer Get His Life Back


Photograph courtesy of Ottobock. Microprocessor-controlled knee (MPK) technology has helped Louisville, Kentucky, police sergeant Kevin Trees recover much of his previous functional ability and enthusiasm for life after an off-duty motorcycle acci...

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