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November 6, 2012
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • AHA sues government over audits denying reimbursement
    The American Hospital Association has sued the Department of Health and Human Services for denying Medicare reimbursement for outpatient services when RAC auditors later decided retroactively that inpatient services should have been provided in an outpatient setting. “Allowing government auditors to second-guess these difficult medical decisions about where to best treat a patient years later based on a cold record and then refuse to pay for that care is indefensible," said AHA President Richard Umbdenstock. Four health care providers joined the AHA in the lawsuit. Modern Healthcare(free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Most adults know that type 2 diabetes can be prevented
    A survey by UnitedHealth Group found 92% of Americans were aware of a difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, while 82% reported knowing that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. Most adults were also aware that excess weight, family history and sedentary lifestyle were key risk factors for diabetes, researchers said. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advocacy groups urge FDA to approve drug for Duchenne MD
    Members of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne Alliance and other advocacy groups are meeting with FDA officials to urge approval of Sarepta Therapeutics' eteplirsen to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. "We made the point to FDA that we already know the risk of doing nothing in DMD," said Sharon Hesterlee, senior director of research at PPMD. "The risk tolerance for DMD patients is very high." (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Amputee athlete designs rugged prosthetic knee
    Extreme athlete Mike Schultz, founder of Biodapt, developed a prosthetic knee that would withstand the rigors of motorcycling. Shultz, who lost his leg above the knee in a snocross accident in 2008, has adapted his design for a number of other sports, including mountain biking, horseback riding, alpine skiing, water skiing and snowmobiling. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • British amputee tests new Bebionic 3 hand
    Nigel Ackland, of Royston, England, is one of seven people worldwide who are trying out the new Bebionic 3 Myoelectric hand developed by RSLSteeper. In this video, Ackland controls the device by twitching muscles in his upper arm. He demonstrates how he can hold and double click a computer mouse, point, pick up an egg, pour from a bottle, and type. The Telegraph (London)(tiered subscription model) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Implantable gastric stimulator keeps hunger at bay
    IntraPace has created abiliti, a gastric stimulator implant designed to help certain obese patients shed weight by reducing the feeling of hunger and encouraging long-term weight-loss habits. The device links with a Web-based portal, called my.abiliti, where patients can evaluate their food intake and activity levels and share that data with approved peers for social motivation. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amputee with advanced prosthesis succeeds in skyscraper ascent
    Amputee Zac Vawter successfully climbed the stairs to the top of the 103-story Willis Tower in Chicago on Sunday using a neutrally controlled prosthetic leg developed by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. About 3,000 people accompanied Vawter on the nearly hourlong climb, which was both a $1 million fundraiser for the hospital and a way to evaluate the device. "We record all of the data on the computer, and then teach [a] small microcomputer what it looks like" as the leg moves, said Levi Hargrove of the RIC. CNN (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Accuracy is key to implementing effective EHR
    Electronic health records rely on unique patient identifiers to succeed in making medical information available across multiple medical settings and providers. But ensuring accuracy is a major challenge, writes the author, and mistakes can easily result from typos and such patient life changes as moving, marrying or having children. Health information exchange vendors are exploring solutions to this problem, including biometrics and sophisticated algorithms. EHR Intelligence (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • Wounded Warriors play ball
    The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team played two exhibition games in Destin, Fla., Saturday as part of its mission to demonstrate the resilience and sacrifice of members of the military. The Warriors have visited 40 cities since forming in April 2011, raising public awareness and inspiring other amputees. Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    In today's breaking news, learn about: the new HCPS codes that were released and how you can prepare for them; the proposed settlement to end CMS' "improvement standard"; and the reduction in payment for power mobility devices as part of the PMD demonstration. Read AOPA breaking news. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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