Pediatric O&P / Professional Development - March 2020
Compliance in Pediatric O&P Care
By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
Getting patients to comply with treatment recommendations is always a challenge for O&P clinicians, but when those patients are energetic kids who have a cadre of caregivers with their own opinions, the task is even tougher. "Some of the benefits...More...
What Are Clinical Supervisors Looking for in Residents?
By Christopher Surface, MPO, CO, and John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)
When evaluating candidates for residency positions, employers and clinical supervisors presumably look for certain skills and characteristics that will contribute to residents' success as novice clinicians. Since formal O&P education began in the...More...
Tomorrow’s O&P Fueled by Student Energy, Driven by Student Organizations
By Judith Philipps Otto
As the O&P world evolves and transforms more rapidly than ever before, the heirs to the kingdom are preparing now, in accredited educational programs, to take on the responsibilities and obligations of O&P professionals. A crucial part of their ed...More...
New Medicare Supplier Enrollment Rules Include Stiff Penalties
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Leela Baggett, JD
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently implemented a final rule significantly strengthening its authority to deny, revoke, and terminate providers' and suppliers' enrollment under Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health...More...
Academy Society Spotlight
Academy Society Spotlight: Influencing Compliance in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
By Leigh Davis, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP
It is logical that a scoliosis TLSO that spends more time in a closet—or shoved in a locker— probably isn't doing its owner with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) much good. With the publication of several studies that have used temperature se...More...
No Bad Days: Teen Excels in Sports, Life
By Betta Ferrendelli
Lera Doederlein was born in Russia in April 2003 with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition of multiple joint fractures that affected her hips and lower legs. She was placed in an orphanage almost immediately. David and Fami Doederlein w...More...
The Diabetic Epidemic
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng(Mech), CPed
The statistics about diabetes are staggering. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there were more than 30 million adults in the United States with diabetes, and close to 24 percent of that number were not aware or did...More...
Getting the Most Out of Your Fabrication Team
By Tony Wickman, CTPO
Having been a technician, lab manager, and central fabrication lab owner for more than thirty years, I've had the opportunity to work with some great clinicians and customers. They've taught me a lot about how to make the job of maximizing the eff...More...
Raising the Bar for O&P Educators
By Thomas Karolewski, CP, FAAOP
The article "Raising the Bar in Education and Professional Standards" in the September 2019 issue of The O&P EDGE touched on some great points, including the importance of elevating the profession's entry-level educational standards. The article d...More...
The Importance of Human Resources in Your Practice
By Erin Cammarata
Anyone who has read my columns has heard me refer to the adolescent years of a business. As our practices grow, our business model must change to keep pace with that growth. When it comes to HR, that change often comes too late.More...
Industry Review - Associations and Conferences
Hanger LIVE 2020 Embarks on New Frontiers
By Betta Ferrendelli
Live coverage from The O&P EDGE. Nearly 1,100 Hanger employees, including more than 370 exhibitors, gathered for Hanger LIVE February 4-5 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. With this year's "New Frontiers"...More...
Editor's Note - March 2020
By Andrea Spridgen
As many of you gather at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists' (the Academy's) Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium to enhance your clinical skills through educational sessions and learn about new technologies, we are pleased to...More...