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January 8, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • CMS postpones HIPAA operating rules deadline
    Enforcement of HIPAA operating rules for transactions has been moved to April, according to a CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services statement. "Industry feedback suggests that HIPAA-covered entities have not reached a threshold whereby a majority of covered entities would be able to be in compliance with operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013," according to the agency. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • Exoskeletons find use among paraplegics, industry and the military
    A slide show presents five exoskeletons that can assist paraplegics and the elderly with walking, as well as expand the capabilities of the able bodied. Included are the ReWalk exoskeleton from Argo Medical Technologies and the Exohand, developed by Festo, which stroke victims and others can wear like a glove. VentureBeat (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Ankle strength and joint mobility affect gait alterations
    The key factors that influence gait abnormality in people with diabetic neuropathy are ankle muscle strength and joint mobility, according to a study published in the journal The Foot, suggesting that preventive approaches could be of use. Researchers studied the gaits of 25 type 2 diabetes patients and 27 healthy people and found that the diabetes patients had shorter strides, slower speeds and longer duration of total support. “Clinical importance should be given to rehabilitation and maintenance of the functionality of the ankle complex," the researchers concluded. News-Medical.Net (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alterations in cell metabolism lead to type 2 diabetes
    Environmental and cell metabolism changes, not genetic predisposition, trigger type 2 diabetes onset, according to researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who used computer modeling to study cell changes. The findings were published in PLoS ONE. (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intensive lifestyle intervention boosts odds of diabetes remission
    Data on 4,503 overweight type 2 diabetes patients showed those who underwent an intensive lifestyle intervention had higher rates of complete disease remission and were more likely to experience partial or complete remission compared with those who received diabetes support and education. The results appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Meaningful use, ACOs among key trends for health IT this year
    The health IT industry is expected to strengthen its focus on patient involvement this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The new year also will see a greater emphasis on data analytics and interpretation, more provider groups in accountable care organizations and tougher, more complex meaningful use requirements, according to this article. Government Health IT online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • Why you should give charity requests a deliberate "yes" or "no"
    In general, it's a good idea for businesses to reply to donation requests from charities, even the reply is a "no," writes Michael Hess. You can do so by sending a short form letter or by directing them to information on your businesses charitable giving practices on your website, he explains. "The courtesy of any reply ... makes your business stand out as a caring and responsive corporate citizen." CBS MoneyWatch (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Let employees take over key duties to spur business growth
    To allow a small business to grow, owners must be able to hand key responsibilities to trusted employees, writes Curt Finch. When passing on duties, clearly explain the goals and expectations to the employee, and get it in writing so you and the employee can measure productivity. "[I]t can be difficult to let someone else take care of your baby, but it is almost always in the business's best interest to create a team with diverse and useful skills to improve processes," Finch writes. Small Business Trends (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Get your career on the fast track by speaking at the AOPA-hosted World Congress. Don't miss out on seeing your name in the limelight. Atlanta is known for health care. But what else is it going to be known for in March? Are you all set on your 2013 Medicare updates? Read about all of these things in today's AOPA breaking news. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final."
--Roger Babson,
American entrepreneur and business theorist

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