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December 13, 2012
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • U.S. life expectancy improves, but chronic illnesses rise
    Although Americans are living longer, they suffer from higher rates of chronic health conditions, according to the United Health Foundation's 2012 America's Health Rankings. Researchers found that the country has an adult obesity rate of 28%, a diabetes rate of almost 10% and a hypertension rate higher than 30%. "As a nation, we've made extraordinary gains in longevity over the past decades, but as individuals we are regressing in our health," said Dr. Reed Tuckson, chief of medical affairs at United Health Group. Reuters (12/11) , USA Today (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Bovine scaffold helps heal difficult wounds in study
    More than 75% of the chronic or deep wounds debrided and treated with an acellular bovine dermal repair scaffold healed successfully, according to a retrospective review of 83 wounds. Nearly 64% re-epithelialized, and 12% were closed with a skin graft. Some of the wounds involved exposed tendons and bone. Causes included pressure ulcers, trauma and diabetes. Medscape (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Researchers explore vibrations in sense of touch
    Scientists at the University of Chicago are studying how the frequency of vibrations plays a role in our sense of touch. "We're trying to build a theory of what makes things feel the way they feel," said Dr. Sliman Bensmaia, lead author of a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. One application for this work may be to simulate the sense of touch in artificial limbs by stimulating nerves at the appropriate timing and frequency. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Foot orthoses improve balance in elderly women
    Elderly women with osteoporosis can benefit from the short-term use of foot orthoses, according to a study published in the journal Rheumatology. Women wearing orthoses with medial arch support and a metatarsal pad for four weeks experienced improved balance and reduced pain and disability compared to a control group. News-Medical.Net (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • GAO recommends better use of pre-payment edits
    The Government Accountability Office issued a study showing that the CMS could have achieved greater savings by a wider use of pre-payment edits. The edits compare claims information with Medicare requirements and are controls built into claims processing systems. Although CMS uses three processes to implement edits, the report noted that “each of these processes has at least one weakness.” GAO recommended seven actions to address the situation. Government Health IT online (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • 5 strategies to safeguard patient privacy and prevent breaches
    A recent Ponemon Institute study finds that in the past two years, 94% of surveyed health groups experienced one or more data breaches, with 45% reporting more than five incidents. This article outlines five steps to safeguard patient privacy and health data, starting with integrating pre-breach and post-breach processes into day-to-day operations. Government Health IT online (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You must plan for your business' ongoing success
    It's a good idea to hold an annual planning session that allows your team to refocus on the tasks that really matter and recommit to driving organizational change, writes John Jantsch. This sort of planning also allows you to determine who within your organization will be in charge of various projects, he writes. Duct Tape Marketing (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    The 2013 DMEPOS fee schedule is now available for download. Getting ready for the New Year? Have you submitted for the Call for Papers? Find out how you and your team can showcase all that you have accomplished. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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