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January 22, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • HHS updates HIPAA rules
    HHS updated HIPAA rules to limit the use and disclosure of protected health information for fundraising and marketing, prohibit the unauthorized sale of protected health data, broaden patients' rights to restrict disclosure of health information, prohibit insurers from using or sharing genetic data for underwriting and replace the standard of "harm" under the HITECH Act's breach notification rule, among other changes. Government Health IT online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • FSU receives VA grant to improve socket design
    A two-year, $4.4 million Department of Veterans Affairs contract has charged Florida State University, along with four other groups, to work on improving prosthetic socket design for amputee veterans. The partners, which include Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates, are developing prototypes using “Socket Optimized for Comfort with Advanced Technology,” seeking to address the discomfort caused by poor fit, excessive heat and moisture. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EU approves Integra's diabetes wound management system
    Integra LifeSciences has earned CE mark approval in Europe to market a device used to help patients with diabetes manage their chronic wounds. The Integra Flowable Wound Matrix system, which works by filling deep soft tissue or tunneling wounds, could help reduce the risk of amputation in patients with diabetes. RTT News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Gastric banding may offer long-term obesity solution
    Patients who underwent gastric banding lost weight and were able to keep the pounds off for up to 15 years, suggesting that the procedure may offer a long-term solution to obesity, according to a study in the Annals of Surgery. However, one researcher noted that patient compliance and careful follow-up care are critical to success. WebMD (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More women opt for immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction
    The percentage of U.S. women undergoing mastectomies who opted for immediate reconstruction rose from 20.8% in 1998 to 37.8% in 2008, and the use of implants rose by an annual average of 11%, according to a review of 178,603 cases in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database. Rates of bilateral mastectomy increased while rates of unilateral mastectomy decreased. The 1998 Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act, which mandates insurance coverage of post-mastectomy reconstruction, may have been a factor in the increase, study authors write in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • ONC releases Blue Button Plus adoption guide
    An initial technical guide for the adoption of Blue Button Plus was recently revealed by the ONC. Blue Button Plus, a rebranding of the agency's Automated Blue Button Initiative, includes view, download and data sharing functions in providers' certified EHRs to help them satisfy the meaningful use stage 2 requirements. Included in the draft implementation guidance are ways to send information to patients via Direct messaging protocol and in structured format. Government Health IT online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trend Watch 
  • Victoria’s Secret asked to make bras for breast cancer survivors
    A young woman caught the attention of management at Victoria’s Secret with an online petition asking the company to produce post-mastectomy bras. Allana Maiden was inspired by her mother’s difficulty in finding a bra that fit after undergoing a unilateral mastectomy. "I told [a senior vice president] about my positive experiences being fitted there and that I want survivors to have that same experience," she said. Business Insider (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Breaking News from AOPA
    A heartfelt thanks to our latest PAC supporters in this week's PAC Corner. Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, the World Congress Planning Committee extended the deadline for the call for papers. Get out your planner and save the date for the Policy Forum – you can't miss this year's event! Stay up-to-date in this week's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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