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March 5, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

  Top Story 
  • Sequestration, RAC audits and more threaten O&P nationally
    A number of issues on the national stage could have a profound impact on the O&P industry, writes author Adam Stone. The OIG's recommendation that back orthoses be classified as off-the-shelf items ignores the fittings and adjustments necessary and subjects them to competitive bidding and the possibility of lower reimbursement rates. In addition, O&P facilities have seen an aggressive increase in RAC audits, and the current congressional focus on reducing the deficit is likely to drive more policies that would negatively impact O&P, he writes. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • Young inventor builds prosthesis from bicycle parts
    A high school student in Alabama invented a low-cost prosthetic leg built entirely of spare bicycle parts. Parker Owen was inspired by a friend who had been on a mission trip to Latin America, and he realized that charitable donations could only purchase a limited number of commercial prostheses. He plans to visit Honduras this summer and make 20 to 30 more prostheses for those who need them. WKRG-TV (Mobile, Ala.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Niche firm focuses on one-of-a-kind prostheses
    The Cobra, a new prosthetic attachment designed for throwing a baseball, is typical of the specialized devices for sports or work activities developed by Therapeutic Recreation Systems, in Boulder, Colo. The company, founded by Bob Radocy, has built prosthetic equipment that can be used for baseball, golf and swimming, among other sports, as well as crawling devices for infants born without hands or feet. Boulder County Business Report (Colo.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Cognitive behavior therapy can relieve diabetic neuropathy
    The first study to examine the use of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat diabetic neuropathy found that study participants who attended 11 one-hour, goal-oriented CBT sessions reported less pain and less interference from pain in their daily lives after four months than did a control group that received standard treatment. The study, conducted by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine and VA Boston Healthcare System, was published in the Journal of Pain. Innovations-Report.com (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sugar, independent of obesity, may have direct link to diabetes
    Researchers at the Stanford Prevention Research Center found that an increase of sugar in the food supply was linked to higher rates of type 2 diabetes, independent of obesity rates. "We're not diminishing the importance of obesity at all, but these data suggest ... additional factors that contribute to diabetes risk besides obesity and total calorie intake, and that sugar appears to play a prominent role," wrote Dr. Sanjay Basu, lead author of the study, which was published in the journal PLoS One. United Press International (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • CERT audits can trigger Medicare scrutiny
    Comprehensive Error Rate Testing audits are intended to control Medicare fraud and abuse, but unlike others, CERT audits are designed to measure the performance of claims contractors rather than providers. Nevertheless, the results can trigger increased scrutiny and prepayment audits, explains AOPA’s Director of Coding and Reimbursement Services Joseph McTernan, so O&P providers should be sure they understand applicable medical policies, boost communications with their referral sources and perform internal audits on a regular basis. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • Boutique caters to post-mastectomy patients
    Certified mastectomy fitter Cheryl Schlote opened Décolletage Perfect Fit Boutique in Coralville, Iowa, to fit women who have had breast cancer surgery with prostheses and specialized garments. “There have been huge improvements since 1994 in both bras and breast forms,” Schlote said. Schlote also works with local doctors to help educate patients about post-mastectomy options. Iowa City Press-Citizen (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released The Medicare Fee-For-Service Recovery Audit Program Process educational tool. Learn how to get it! The Policy Forum is next week – a BIG thank you to all of our sponsors. Is your O&P schedule set for 2013? Check out the latest events. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
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