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December 11, 2012
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

  Top Story 
  • Military amputees spur technological advances in prosthetics
    The influx of military amputees from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has spurred unprecedented innovation in prosthetics. The military's need, combined with the desire of O&P manufacturers to create new products, has enabled companies to test advanced products and receive rapid feedback from users. Although military amputees are more active than many of their civilian counterparts, "the technology that's developed from the military ... does go on to the civilian market as well," Peter Nohre of Ottobock said. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Medical News 
  • U.K. audit finds high risk of complications in diabetes patients
    British researchers found diabetes patients had a 210% higher risk of leg amputation than the general population. In addition, patients with diabetes had a 48% higher risk of heart attack, a 65% higher risk of heart failure, a 144% higher risk of requiring kidney dialysis or transplant and a 25% higher risk of stroke, researchers said. Data came from a national diabetes audit conducted by the National Health Service's Health and Social Care Information Centre, the charity Diabetes UK and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership. The Guardian (London) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obese teens have higher risk of diabetes in adulthood
    Men and women who became obese as teens had a higher risk of developing diabetes compared with those who became obese as adults, a study in Diabetes Care found. The results underscore the importance of addressing obesity at a young age to reduce the risk of diabetes onset, researchers said. DailyRx.com (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • New Zealand company works on brain-controlled bionic arm
    New Zealand company Rex Bionics is developing a brain-controlled bionic arm for stroke sufferers. "It monitors the neuron activities in your brain and it picks up certain patterns and signals, which are translated with your thought patterns," said Wendy Xue, a Massey University student who designed the arm. Still in its early stages, the device may be commercially available in about two years. 3 News (New Zealand) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Strong growth of ACOs expected in 2013
    Experts predict a rapid increase in the number of accountable care organizations in 2013. "This is becoming a more pervasive phenomenon," said Dr. Norman Chenven of the Austin Regional Clinic in Texas. As many as 31 million patients are involved in some way with the ACO model, according to consulting company Oliver Wyman. American Medical News (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Proposed "essential health benefits" include rehabilitative devices
    HHS has proposed regulations on the "essential health benefits" needed for state health insurance exchanges. The regulations include the 10 specific benefit categories that must be offered in the exchanges, including rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, a plan requirement to cover at least one prescription drug in each specified category or class, annual cost-sharing limits, and the minimum value calculations for employer-provided health coverage. Employee Benefit News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • Hanger acquires 2 more companies
    Hanger has acquired two companies comprised of 22 clinics and 160 clinicians and staff members in California and North Carolina. With the acquisition of Faith Prosthetic-Orthotic Services and Scope Orthotics & Prosthetics, Hanger's total annualized revenue increased to $60.2 million. American City Business Journals/Austin, Texas (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Last-minute tips for reducing your tax bill
    The end of the year is rapidly approaching, but it's not too late to minimize your tax bill, Bonnie Lee writes. You can write off certain costs associated with launching your business, and you might also be able to deduct expenses that you incur while throwing holiday parties for your employees or customers, she notes. Fox Business Small Business Center (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    BREAKING NEWS on the DMEPOS Fees Schedule Increase. Did you catch last week's HUGE O&P win? Early bird registration information for ISPO's 14th World Congress. All of this and so much more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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