OIG flags 3 OTC orthoses | Microsoft awarded patent for brain-computer technology | Device uses fluorescence to aid wound care
January 18, 2018
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession
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OIG flags 3 OTC orthoses
The HHS Office of Inspector General signaled that it will pay closer attention to investigating certain off-the-shelf orthotic devices. The three orthoses, identified by Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes L0648, L0650 and L1833, accounted for a 97% increase in payments from 2014 to 2016, according to the OIG.
The National Law Review (1/17) 
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Science and Technology
Microsoft awarded patent for brain-computer technology
Microsoft received a patent for a brain-computer interface that could enable users to open and use apps without gestures. The technology could eventually be applied to control of prosthetic devices.
The Economic Times (India)/IANS (1/18) 
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5280 Releases Internal Side Mount TF Vacuum
The ZeroPuck is a new trans-femoral vacuum system that can be integrated directly into the flexible inner socket, allowing clinicians to fabricate the socket in there own facilities. 5280's ZeroPuck is available in two versions: On Demand and Smart functionality (Android/Apple APPs). Learn more.
Medical News
Device uses fluorescence to aid wound care
A new technology, the MolecuLight i:X, is designed to help clinicians treat such wounds as diabetic ulcers more effectively. Recently launched in Europe, the device uses fluorescence to detect harmful bacteria and visualize the wound.
HuffPost (1/18) 
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Study IDs community factors tied to A1C levels in type 2 diabetes
Patients with type 2 diabetes living in communities with the most exercise opportunities and in areas with the best food availability had an up to 0.19% and a 0.10% greater improvement in their A1C levels, respectively, compared with those in places with the fewest physical activity resources and in communities that do not offer healthy food options, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers evaluated 15,308 patients with poorly controlled diabetes at baseline with an average age of 58 and found that socioeconomic deprivation and chronic stress also negatively affect blood glucose control among diabetes patients.
Reuters (1/17) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
3 key areas of focus for compliance
Facility standards for Medicare and accreditation that are most often missed or misunderstood include patient chart documentation, privileging and performance management review. Jim Lawson, outreach development manager at the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, reviews each category and suggests steps to achieving compliance.
O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (1/2018) 
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House Republicans unveil short-term spending bill with CHIP funding, tax delays
House Republicans have unveiled a short-term spending bill that would keep the federal government open through Feb. 16, extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, suspend the health insurance tax for one year, and delay the taxes on medical device and high-cost health plans for two years. A spending measure must be passed by week's end to avoid a government shutdown.
NBC News (1/17),  The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (1/16) 
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Trend Watch
Veterans with disabilities learn to ski
A group called Achieve Tahoe organizes skiing instruction for veterans with disabilities, including amputees. "If you can do this and you suffer with chronic pain or you're missing a leg or whatever, it makes you move forward in life with a better determination," said participant Chris Farris.
KTVN-TV (Reno, Nev.) (1/18) 
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Business and Finance
Increase efficiency to improve bottom line
Efficient business practices can help O&P facilities succeed in the face of reimbursement challenges, according to Joseph McTernan, director of reimbursement services at AOPA. Management of accounts receivable, reviews of contracts, policies and procedures, and establishing goals can all help businesses improve the bottom line, he writes.
O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (1/2018) 
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Don't forget about the culture during rapid growth
Growth spurts can disrupt an organization's culture, making it crucial that leadership continue to be actively involved with staff on a daily basis, says Munjal Shah, CEO of Health IQ. He recommends holding office hours for mentoring and providing daily opportunities for people to share accomplishments.
Fast Company online (1/17) 
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It is not in the still calm of life or the repose of a pacific station that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.
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