2015 Salary Survey - October 2015

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Prosthetic Limb LCD: How a Genuine Threat Can Motivate an Entire Field
By Peter Thomas, JD


Photographs courtesy of Ashlie White, NAAOP secretary and socialmedia committee chair. By now, you are likely aware of the Proposed/Draft LocalCoverage Determination (LCD) for Lower Limb Prostheses(DL-33787) issued by the Durable Medical Equipment...

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The O&P EDGE : 2015 Salary Survey
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


THERE ARE MANY REASONS WE CONDUCT A BIENNIAL SALARY SURVEY AND WHY O&P PROFESSIONALS PARTICIPATE It's a way for employers to determine market wages and offer their employeescompetitive salaries, it's a guide for newcomers to the profession to esti...

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Hiring Family, Friends, and Clients: Pluses and Pitfalls
By Miki Fairley


Family-owned businesses have playeda major role in building the O&Pindustry from its origins as a trade,with craftsmen making artificial limbsand braces, through its growth into ahealthcare profession. In the larger U.S. economic picture, family-o...

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Feature

Odds Are…Incidence, Prevalence, and Costs of Commonly Encountered Patient Populations
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


I grew up in a small town. It was large enough to have its own elementaryschool but not its own grocery store. Getting to the middle school requireda 20-minute drive to a slightly larger town.

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Today's Consumer

Owen Cole: A Kid Just Being a Kid
By Tara McMeekin


Photographs courtesty of Nickie Cole When you meet five-year-old Owen Cole, his prosthesis is not thefirst thing you notice. Instead you notice his big blue eyes, blondhair, infectious smile, and tenacity. Owen's smile is just part ofhis upbeat a...

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Perspective

LCD Testimony and Rally Reactions


The following individuals shared their thoughts with The O&P EDGE about the public Open CommentMeeting to discuss the Medicare Draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Lower Limb Prosthesesand the rally following it that was held in front of t...

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Shop Talk

Seven Laws of Metal Work
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


Almost every time I give an O&P fabrication presentation someone says, "Ihate metal work." Because many of the technicians who are most comfortableworking with metal have retired and the newer generations aren't comfortablewith it, it's no wonder...

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Advocacy

BOC Advances O&P Through Collaborative Alliance Endeavors
By Jeff Price, Chief Operating Officer


Price, Michelle Yoon, and Chait at the AOPA Policy Forum. This article continues our series of articles about theOrthotic and Prosthetic Alliance (O&P Alliance) tohighlight united advocacy efforts in the profession.This issue features reflections...

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Better Business

ICD-10 Is Here, Ready or Not
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez


Ready or not, a new medical coding systemis now required for all entities coveredby the Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act, and O&P practices thataren't prepared for the change may have theirreimbursements denied, experts say. On O...

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Face to Face

Kevin L. Hines, CPO


Kevin L. Hines, CPO, clinical manager and partner at Arise Orthotics andProsthetics, Blaine, Minnesota, volunteered to provide prosthetic carein Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, which he says was a "life-changingtrip. It was great to provide O&P d...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify and time consumingto appeal. Count on Got FAQs? to help ensureyou are using the most current information whenpreparing your claims.

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Industry Review - Associations and Conferences

PFA’s 2015 Annual Symposium: Uncharted Territory


The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) ventured into what its president, RobSobel, CPed, calls uncharted territory when the association held its annualsymposium and exhibition in conjunction withthe American Podiatric Medical Association(APMA) i...

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Viewpoint

Coming Together and Reflecting on a Profession
By Andrea Spridgen


As The O&P EDGE staff began preparing this issue, theprofession was anxiously consuming analysis of thetestimony given during the August 26 Open CommentMeeting regarding Medicare's Draft Local CoverageDetermination (LCD) for Lower Limb Prostheses...

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Online Exclusive

Trash Into Treasure


Over the past seven years, the Florida O&P Outreach Team (FOOT) has set up and maintained a successful clinic in Guatemala City, Guatemala, for pediatric patients. At a recent visit, the team treated over 45 children with custom O&P devices, which were all casted for and made on location, while simultaneously teaching local practitioners and technicians to continue the care and provide help for their own community. "Every year we improve on the care provided by the More...


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Endolite's AOPA Highlights


Endolite is pleased to announce the following new product releases and updates during the AOPA National Assembly in San Antonio.

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