Forming partnerships with hospitals can help O&P facilities continue controlling their own destiny, says prosthetist-orthotist Andrew Meyers, president of Eschen Prosthetic and Orthotic Labs. He suggests consulting with legal professionals before finalizing any arrangement and ensuring that the O&P facility is fully a part of the rehabilitation team.
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Swiss researchers at the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne are treating phantom pain by placing virtual-reality glasses on amputees and showing them a camera feed from the patient's perspective of a pair of realistic-looking artificial legs. Clinicians tap the artificial legs and specific areas of the patients' spines at the same time, creating a sensation patients said eased their neuropathic pain.
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In a four-patient study, a semiocclusive dressing that offers continuous delivery of wound-healing agents was found to be effective and safe. The Acton Topical Delivery System, which can deliver antiseptics, antibiotics or other drugs, is intended for a single use of up to seven days.
O&P facilities should be aware of changes coming to Medicare cards, with Social Security and Health Insurance Claim numbers being replaced with Medicare beneficiary identifiers starting in April to protect against identity theft, advises Devon Bernard, AOPA's assistant director of coding and reimbursement services, education and programming. In addition to modifying systems to account for the new numbers, facilities should consider any desired changes to their participation status during the open enrollment period that starts in mid-November, he writes.
House Republicans are considering acceptance of President Donald Trump's proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate through tax legislation, providing an estimated $416 billion in offsets for proposed rate cuts. The money would come from government savings on subsidies for low-income insurance policy holders, but the move risks further destabilization of insurance markets.
Ottobock will offer repair and maintenance of athletes' equipment, including prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs, during the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018, according to the company. Ottobock has been a Paralympic partner since 1988.
Small businesses may believe that hackers won't go after them, but the truth is that they can make appealing targets for cybercriminals, writes Mike Kappel, CEO of Patriot Software. He shares five ways to protect your business, starting with training your employees and updating your systems.