EBP in O&P - February 2015

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Evidence-Based Practice in O&P: Where are we now? Where are we going?
By Miki Fairley


Evidence-based practice (EBP) is having an increasing impact on O&P clinical decision making and patient care. The gap between research and clinical application is being bridged. Funding dollars are being generated within and outside of the O&P pr...

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Feature

Jury Duty: Understanding the Process and Importance of Peer Review
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


There are two broad categoriesof reading material withinthe world of O&P. The easiertypes to access and read arearticles like this, found in ourindustry trade publications such as TheO&P EDGE and others like it. Distinctfrom these lighter-reading...

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Feature

Medicare O&P Utilization: A Longitudinal Review
By Brian Gustin, CP


Industry Overview The common myth in O&P is that the increasingincidence of obesity and diabetes indicates a promisingoutlook for patient volume in O&P. However,a review of Medicare utilization data over an 18-year period tells a distinctly differ...

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Feature

O&P Threats and Opportunities as 114th Congress Gets Under Way
By Peter W. Thomas, JD; Christina Hughes, JD, MPH; and Sara Rosta, MA


Healthcare issues are expectedto take center stage in the newCongress while the Obamaadministration continues to pursueits healthcare agendaby issuing Medicare regulationsand continuing the implementationof the Affordable Care Act (ACA).This prese...

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Better Business

What’s in It for Me? Advantages to Allowing Others to Complete Patient Care Hours at Your Facility
By Terry Reed, BOCPD


I took course work to become a certified pedorthist at Kennesaw StateUniversity. As I was nearing the end of my studies, I wondered how Iwould complete my 1,000 patient care hours, which are required by theprofession's governing bodies in order to...

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Today’s Consumer

Kevin Johnson Puts a New Suspension System to the Test
By Betta Ferrendelli


Johnson flies helicopters as part of his role operating his own utility and excavating company. Photographs courtesy of Kevin Johnson. Before Kevin Johnson became a clinical trial test patient for a newsuspension system that could improve comfort...

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Perspective

The Need to Improve the Clinical Relevance of O&P Research
By Edward S. Neumann, PhD, PE, CP, FAAOP


As a reviewer for journals and research proposals,I have read many O&P studies, and most fallshort of being clinically relevant. To me, clinicalrelevance means that clinicians will find the informationor results of interest in their clinical pract...

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Sports

The Hartford Ski Spectacular 2014
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


A participant receives one-on-one instruction. Photograph by Laura Fonda Hochnadel. Retired Army Staff Sergeant Orlando Gill said he attendedThe Hartford Ski Spectacular for the first time in December2005.

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Stepping Out

Assessing Adult-Acquired Flatfoot
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF) is defined as a progressive deteriorationof the static and dynamic structures that support the foot. Althoughfrequently linked with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD),AAF is a far broader syndrome that describ...

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Shop Talk

A Metal Lathe in an O&P Lab?
By Travis Petersen, CPOA


Injection molding, resin casting, milling, lathing, and other proceduresmay be used when fabricating O&P devices and components. But whathappens when a part is needed posthaste and it's backordered or doesn'texist? One solution is to make the part...

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Advocacy

The O&P Alliance: Providing a Unified Voice


This article is the first in a series in 2015 that willhighlight the unified advocacy efforts of the O&PAlliance. In subsequent articles, The O&P EDGE has invited representatives from the organizations thatcomprise the Alliance to share what the j...

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Face to Face

Sarah Wooden, CPO


As part of the bachelor of science degree program in rehabilitation servicesat Springfield College that Sarah Wooden, CPO, was pursuing, she took arequired course called Introduction to Rehabilitation, designed to familiarizestudents with the alli...

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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.

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Viewpoint

Celebrating New Offerings
By Tonja Randolph


As I write this, we are preparing for the AmericanAcademy of Orthotists and Prosthetists' (the Academy's)Annual Meeting in New Orleans, February18-21. We are excited to meet with our readers andhave discussions about the status of the profession a...

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Online Exclusive

Hundreds Expected to Participate in 2015 Össur Mobility Clinics, Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation


Amputees of all ages and abilities are welcome at Össur Mobility Clinics, a series of specialized workshops designed to enhance lower-limb amputees' experience in sports and recreational activities, which will take place across the U.S. in 2015. T...

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