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March 12, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Senator introduces bills for advanced O&P research
    Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is introducing two bills to fund orthotics and prosthetics research to help wounded combat veterans. The Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act proposes university grants for master's programs in O&P that would require students to rotate through either Defense Department or Veteran Affairs facilities. It would also require the VA to establish a Center of Excellence to disseminate evidence-based O&P research. The Wounded Warrior Research Enhancement Act would encourage prosthetic research so that physicians can match patients with the best possible devices. NBC News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Foot orthoses can help runners, but reasons are unclear
    While foot orthoses may decrease knee pain in runners, the reason is not improved biomechanics, according to a study of 40 women published in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Other studies have hypothesized that orthotics help reduce lower-leg movement or decrease muscle fatigue, but the new study ruled out better form as a reason for relief. "There's a need to tailor orthotic prescription based on the characteristics of the runner, and this study tells us we still have not identified the characteristics that are most telling," said John D. Willson, one of the authors of the study. Runner's World online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amputee receives repeated upgrades to advanced bionic hand
    The latest upgrades to Nigel Ackland's bebionic3 hand included reinforcement with stainless steel and titanium and the addition of insulating pads to prevent it from picking up heat or static electricity. "Since I was first given the hand they have developed it several times whenever someone who is trialling it notices a design flaw," said Ackland. Ackland is able to tie his shoelaces and continues to work on his dexterity by playing cards. The Daily Mail (London) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Better diabetes management seen with Chronic Care Model
    The Chronic Care Model, which gives patients tracking systems and self-management skills, showed efficacy in diabetes care and helped boost patient data management and provider responses to clinical data, researchers reported in the CDC's Preventing Chronic Disease journal. Further evaluation may enable health care personnel and administrators to decide how to better coordinate the model with primary care initiatives for diabetes patients. Healio (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • CMS announces mandatory 2% cut for DMEPOS claims
    The CMS has announced a mandatory 2% claim reduction on durable medical equipment, prosthetics and orthotics supplied on or after April 1, 2013, as a result of budget sequestration. "The claims payment adjustment shall be applied to all claims after determining coinsurance, any applicable deductible, and any applicable Medicare Secondary Payment adjustments," according to the CMS. Health Data Management (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Competitive bidding could hurt care quality, small businesses
    Competitive bidding of medical equipment and supplies, including prosthetics and orthotics, could force many small businesses to close, writes Guy Boulton. The new policy, set to begin July 1 in 91 metropolitan areas, is projected to save patients and Medicare tens of billions of dollars over the next 10 years. Critics say the process encourages unrealistically low bidding. "You have to remember, this is a heavy service industry," said the manager at one business. "We never just sell something." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • Smaller lenders are chief credit sources for small business
    In tough economic times, neither venture capitalists nor large banks are the chief sources of small-business loans, according to this SCORE blog. Instead, most small-business loans come from regional and community banks. Large nationwide banks reject about 90% of loan applications, for example, while smaller community-based lenders approve between 45% and 60%. In a recent survey, more than 90% of small-business respondents said availability of credit remains a problem. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why bosses should keep on talking
    Good leadership is the art of engaging in the right conversations at the right times, write Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz. Conversations help bosses build relationships, develop leadership qualities in their direct reports, make better decisions and execute more effectively, they argue. "[I]t is something you need to do well -- consciously and unconsciously -- every minute of every day," they write. Knowledge@Wharton (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    See AOPA's latest correspondence to CMS. A Jurisdiction A RAC contractor acknowledges and corrects its calculation error. Get a lower limb policy update, jurisdiction pre-payment audit update, plus upcoming AOPA events. Learn about all that AOPA is doing on behalf of its members in today's AOPA breaking news. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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