International O&P - October 2019

Features

Nine Years Since the Colombian Peace Process Began: Amputations, Landmines, and NGOs
By Jason Rovig, CPO


For decades Colombia has been a country that international organizations were hesitant to invest in, and there was little tourism due to conflicts between guerrillas, paramilitaries, cartels, and the government. The use of conventional and homemad...

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Features

Toxic Charity: When Doing Good Does Harm
By John T. Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D)


One of the story lines in a 1998 episode of the TV show Friends involves Joey challenging Phoebe to perform a selfless good deed, one that is only for the benefit of someone else and does not benefit her in any way. After failing multiple times...

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Features

Limb Loss and Preservation Registry Provides Insight Into Challenges and Improves Quality of Care
By Bill Oldham, Shawn Murphy, and Kenton Kaufman, PhD, PE


Despite the significant personal and societal impact associated with  limb difference, limb preservation, and limb loss, there is little current evidence on effective  clinical practices and technologies in this field. Published research st...

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Better Business

Patients Are the New Payers: Five Best Billing Practices to Engage Them Successfully
By Jennifer Leon


Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, more providers have been experiencing a shift in healthcare revenue sources, especially as patient financial responsibility increases. Providers are now seeing patients becoming accountable for the...

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Perspective

Digitally Designing Prostheses by Collaborative Care: Can Telehealth Work for O&P?
By Jeff Erenstone, CPO


According to the Mayo Clinic, telehealth is "the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access health care services remotely...." Telehealth systems are designed to connect patients with...

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Today's Consumer

Tony Sobony: Amputation Helps Cancer Survivor Regain Quality of Life
By Betta Ferrendelli


Tony Sobony was 19 years old in 1966 and on the fifth day of his new job as a milkman when he was in a car accident in Cleveland that resulted in a badly broken right leg. "I sustained a severely injured right leg with a broken femur, a limited mo...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs? - October 2019
By Lisa Lake


Billing for O&P services seems to get more complicated by the day. Count on Got FAQs? to help answer your toughest questions.

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Editor's Message

Editor's Note - October 2019
By Andrea Spridgen


Offering O&P services in the United States has its challenges. It can be easy, however, to forget there are some obstacles most U.S. practitioners never have to face that are a daily reality for anyone providing care in less resourced countries—in...

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