Helping Patients Optimize Sports Performance - November 2014

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Helping Patients Optimize Sports Performance and Avoid Injury Through Fitness Training
By Miki Fairley


Photograph courtesy of USF. While not all of your patients withamputations will aspire to becomeelite athletes, those who participatein a sport and want to take their performanceto the next level may find the maze of training andfitness informatio...

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Feature

Back to Work
By Phil Stevens MEd, CPO, FAAOP


A meta-analysis was recently conducted on many of the major outcomes that occur following trauma-related lower-limb amputations; the study authors culled data from a comparatively high number of subjects extracted from numerous, previously publish...

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Feature

Using Video to Improve the Patient Experience
By Cara Negri, BSME, CP


With access to a growing body of online resources andtechnologies, O&P patients are not only more educated aboutcomponents than in the past, but they are more involved inthe selection and fitting of their devices. As practitioners, wehave an oppor...

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Feature

CMS' Annual RAC Update at Odds with Reality for O&P Community
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Sarah Imhoff, JD


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS) recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2013Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) Recovery AuditContractor (RAC) program report to Congress,as required by federal law. The RAC programwas implemented nation...

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Sports

Warrior Games 2014: Triumph of Ability over Disability
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


Above: Photograph by Heather Swanson. Below: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Carlton, left, takes a shot during a wheelchair basketball game between the SOCOM and Marine Corps teams. Photograph by Staff Sgt.

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Education Outlook

Program Profile Series: Eastern Michigan University and Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center


The O&P EDGE continues its series of National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)-accreditedmaster's level O&P educational programs. Eastern Michigan University, Master of Sciencein Orthotics and Prosthetics (ORPR) program Bac...

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Perspective

This Day Was Different
By James O. Young Jr., CP/L, FAAOP


I hate mornings. I do not like waking up to an alarm blaring and the light streaminginto my eyes. I'm a slow starter, but once I am up, I can operate at full throttle, andthis particular Wednesday was no exception.

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Stepping Out

Understanding Adult-acquired Flatfoot
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Unilateral calcaneal eversion and forefoot abduction are typical signs in Stage II. Adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF) is the term used to describe the progressive deformity of the foot and ankle that, in its later stages, results in collapsed and badl...

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Shop Talk

A Guide to Sealing Sleeve Repair
By Travis Petersen, CPOA


For those of you who work with vacuum or suction suspensionsystems, you may have realized that the sealing sleeve is theweak link. Constantly replacing sealing sleeves is costly, but if asealing sleeve only has a few small holes in it, it can be r...

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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 how to differentiatebetween the new knee...

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Industry Review - Conferences

AOPA 2014 National Assembly: Viva O&P
By Andrea Spridgen


The 2014 American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA)National Assembly, held September 4-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada,officially kicked off that Thursday evening with the exhibit hallopening ceremony and ribbon cutting as Anita Liberman-Lampear,...

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Letter to the Editor

Re: Perspective Column, September 2014


The following letter is in response to the Perspective column in theSeptember 2014 issue of The O&P EDGE, "Payer Requests forManufacturer Invoices: A Call for a Unified Response," by SusiEbersbach, MT (ASCP), MBA. Dear Editor, The article about in...

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Viewpoint

Beyond the Day-to-Day
By Andrea Spridgen


While I spend a great deal of time reading about practitioners'experiences and do my best to understand theday-to-day challenges you face, I have to admit that Ihave not walked the proverbial mile in your shoes. SoI can only speculate that perhaps...

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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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