Helping People Transitions to Life After Amputation - June 2016

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Welcome Home: Helping People Transition to Life After Amputation
By Miki Fairley


Losing a limb is life-changing. How much life changesdepends on variables that make the challenges facingeach person unique. An amputation might be just a blipon the screen of life for some; for others, it may be likestepping into another world wh...

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Every Step They Take: The Use of Activity Monitors in Prosthetic Rehabilitation
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


When we think of the role of advancingtechnology in prosthetic care, we tend tothink of advances in individual componentssuch as external power, microprocessorregulation, and pattern recognition. However,there is another technology track weaving i...

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How Patients Benefit From O&P Policy Reforms
By Peter W. Thomas, JD


In the world of healthcare policy, patients and providers are usually aligned on the majority of issues, while health plans, businesses, and other payers usually take the opposite view. This is a general statement for which there are exceptions, o...

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Counterpoint: Step Activity Monitoring for the Purpose of Personal Information Compared to Health and Scientific Records
By M. Jason Highsmith, PhD, DPT, CP, FAAOP, and Joseph A. Miller, PhD, CP


This article addresses information presented in the recently published article " Accelerating Outcomes Measurement in Clinical Practice With Fitbit " (Allie Cerutti, The O&P EDGE , March 2016. The premise of Cerutti's article is correct: Access to...

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Stepping Out

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is one of the most commondiagnoses of the foot and ankle, and it is more prevalent than ever due to anumber of factors such as an increasingly overweight and aging population.PTTD can be seriously disabli...

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Perspective

Medicare Should Follow the VA’s Lead
By Peter Seaman, CLP


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seems to befocusing a significant amount of energy on undermining the expeditiousdelivery of appropriate prosthetic devices to many of its Medicarebeneficiaries with amputations. Instead, I sugges...

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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. Whenyou have questions, count on Got FAQs? to help keep your claimson track.

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Industry Review - Conferences

AOPA Policy Forum 2016: Advocacy in Action


Duckworth addresses the attendees. Photographs courtesy of AOPA. The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) 2016 Policy Forum was held in Washington April 26-28.

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Outside the Clinic
By Andrea Spridgen


When we talk about limb loss or the conditions thatnecessitate orthotic treatment, we often stress thatpeople who are differently abled are not defined bytheir differences. Just as they are not defined by theconditions for which they seek O&P serv...

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Accept the Challenge—New Ottobock Feet Take Patients From the Court to the Track Meet


Three new feet give your patients more options to get moving, stay active, and finish strong. Ottobock unveiled these feet at the Invictus Games, and now they’re ready for your patients.

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What are MACRA and MIPS?


The Medicare Access and CHIP [Children’s Health Insurance Program] Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law in April 2015. MACRA replaces the current Medicare reimbursement schedule with a new pay-for-performance program that’s focused on q...

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