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January 17, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Simple, low-cost interventions can reduce amputations
    A study of 114 patients by Swedish researchers found that such simple interventions as shoe orthotics, podiatry and regular checkups could reduce diabetic foot amputations by at least 50%. Over a one-year period, only 0.9% of participants who used shoe inserts developed new foot ulcers, compared with 3% to 8% of similar diabetic populations. “Ulcer prevention is not only a way of relieving suffering but a sound financial investment,” said doctoral student Ulla Tang. Innovations-Report.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
 
  • Small pump could expand wound care options
    A portable pump using negative pressure therapy to treat chronic wounds costs less than $5 to manufacture and could expand wound care access for people in rural areas and developing countries. The Wound Pump, the first medical device of MIT startup WiCare, has been field tested in Haiti and Rwanda, and the developer expects to be awarded a U.S. patent this year. Boston Herald (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clinical trials begin for anti-obesity device
    An anti-obesity device that forms a physical barrier between food and part of the intestine has achieved reductions in blood sugar levels and weight loss, according to the developer, GI Dynamics. The company has started clinical trials of the EndoBarrier, which is targeted at obese patients with type 2 diabetes. Boston Herald (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical News 
  • Gluteal fat may increase diabetes risk
    "Pear-shaped" participants with metabolic syndrome had higher levels of chimerin and lower levels of omentin-1 -- proteins associated with insulin resistance and blood glucose, respectively -- indicating that patients with gluteal fat may show similar diabetes and heart disease risk as those who are "apple-shaped" with abdominal fat, a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed. However, exercise can help curb fat levels and reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome. MedicalDaily.com (1/11) , News.com.au (Australia)/News Limited Network (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Major managed care company supports predictive modeling
    One of the country’s largest managed care companies, UnitedHealth Group, endorses using predictive modeling software as a way to reduce Medicare and Medicaid fraud and preventable hospitalizations. The CMS is using a new fraud tracking system based on predictive modeling and is integrating it into its payment-processing system. Healthcare Finance News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pilot effort will use HIT to transform medical practice
    The CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is piloting a "medical neighborhood" program that will involve up to 15 provider groups and health systems in 15 states, helping them transform their practices using health IT to improve outcomes, lower costs and coordinate care with other providers in the community. The initiative aims to lessen the cost of health care by $49.5 million and boost the experience of patients by 25% within three years among the participating organizations. Government Health IT online (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • How to pick the right tax accountant
    When searching for a tax accountant for your business, you should try to find someone who has experience with the kinds of issues you are dealing with, Jane Porter writes. "You need an accountant who has worked with other businesses like yours and knows the ins and outs of the industry," she writes. You should also find out how the accountant will handle the billing process. Entrepreneur online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save or shred: A guide to financial-document management
    Financial documents are important, but you don't have to keep every piece of paper in perpetuity, professional organizer Regina Leeds says. For example, you can probably dispose of ATM receipts and monthly bank statements on a fairly regular basis. On the other hand, you should hold on to contractual agreements, property records and other documents that are critical for your business, says Greg Jones, CEO of Bookkeeping Express. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Unique opportunities, creating connections with policymakers and saving the O&P profession roughly $100 million each year in perpetuity – what do these have in common? Time is running out if you want to present at the World Congress. Get your papers in NOW. The first Coding & Billing Seminar of 2013 has a special registration rate – all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object; unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a perpetual succession of miracles rising into view."
--Joseph Addison,
British writer and politician


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