To Cover or Not to Cover - July 2018
To Cover or Not to Cover: Prosthesis Users Have Their Preferences
By Betta Ferrendelli
When Alina Miller underwent surgery for a transtibial amputation of her left leg in January 2016, she knew her life was going to change, but she was prepared. The amputation surgery was her ninth operation. Miller broke both fe...More...
Meeting the Parents: Decisional Conflicts in Pediatric Encounters
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
The movie Meet the Parents tells the story of Greg Focker, who wants to win the approval of his girlfriend's family before proposing marriage. Early in the movie, the girlfriend's father, Jack, cautions Greg about the importance of being part of...More...
Rehabilitation, Disability, and O&P Care in China: A Firsthand Account
By Peter W. Thomas, JD
I recently had the honor of participating in a United States delegation to China, part of an annual dialogue called the U.S.-China Coordination Meeting on Disability in which the two countries have been engaged for the past four years. Disability...More...
Chris Rowles: Osseointegration Changes the Game
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
Chris Rowles' life isn't that much different now than before his leg was amputated above the knee eight years ago. He can scramble over rocks when he's fly fishing, he can walk on the beach, and, most important to him, he says he can sit and cross...More...
Rethinking O&P Educational Opportunities
By Keith Sardó, CPO
A few years ago, I was invited to be an O&P industry advisor to a group of biomedical engineering students at San Jose State University. The program is device focused and had a growing number of students interested in O&P. I consulted on their sen...More...
Making Late Entries, Addendums, and Corrections to the Medical Record Showcase
By Erin Cammarata
Medicare coverage guidelines dictate that physician notes are required for corroboration of medical necessity, and this documentation must be available to the DME MAC upon request. It is strongly recommended that O&P practices use proactive st...More...
The Patient Perspective
By Andrea Spridgen
As a professional,it's natural to feel to some extent that those who seek your services should defer to your judgment in your area of expertise. After all, you've attained the education, experience, or credentials that initially led them to you. B...More...