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February 21, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Teamwork, focus on prevention reduce diabetic foot amputations
    By redesigning its diabetes foot care pathway, bringing in multidisciplinary teams and focusing on prevention, health officials in Portsmouth, U.K., have seen a drop of 25% in the number of foot amputations as a result of diabetic ulcers over the last three years. Prevention strategies include a new foot scoring process to help manage risk. “Patients are receiving care from the right people in a timely fashion,” said one medical expert. The News (Portsmouth, England) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • 3D printer creates child-size prosthesis
    In one of the first cases of using 3D printing technology to build prosthetic devices, the engineering firm Stratasys has created a lightweight plastic prosthesis for a young girl who was previously unable to lift her arms and for whom conventional prostheses would be too heavy. She is now able to eat and play with toys on her own. ABC News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Medical News 
  • Higher diabetes risk is seen in men who sit more
    Data on 63,048 Australian men showed those who reported spending more time sitting were 12% to 19% more likely to develop diabetes than those who sat less than four hours a day. The results were published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. DailyRx.com (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sugar's wound-healing properties benefit amputee in clinical trial
    Three hospitals in the U.K. are conducting randomized, controlled trials to test the effect of topical sugar on wounds. The folk remedy might work by drawing moisture from wounds, thereby preventing bacterial growth. One patient who benefited from the treatment was an amputee with a surgical wound that would not heal. BBC (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • ONC should address clinical documentation in EHRs, IT group says
    The quality and integrity of clinical data in EHRs need to be addressed now "before health information exchanges become widespread," Michelle Dougherty of the American Health Information Management Association said in testimony before the ONC's HIT Policy Committee. To that end, the group offered four recommendations, starting with advancing data governance and management to ensure that information is being managed as an asset, and decision-making and oversight processes are pursued proactively. Government Health IT online (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More than half of U.S. patients live in ACO areas
    Fifty-two percent of U.S. patients reside in regions served by accountable care organizations, up from 45% in August, data from an Oliver Wyman analysis show. Researchers also found 28% or more of patients live in areas with at least two ACOs, an increase from 17% in August. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business and Finance 
  • Small businesses and lenders find P2P lending attractive
    Peer-to-peer lending as a finance option is gaining traction among small businesses, Robert Moskowitz writes. Transaction costs are lower than those of a financial institution, and underwriting criteria are less onerous than those for a small-business bank loan. For lenders, the risk is slight because of careful vetting and the ability to spread money across multiple loans. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are your independent contractors actually employees?
    Companies may be able to save on payroll costs by using independent contractors, but they should be aware that the IRS is on the lookout for employers that try to game the system. Your workers are likely to be considered employees rather than independent contractors if you train them, set their schedules and have the right to fire them. Entrepreneur online (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Take advantage of all your AOPA membership features! Did you know that your membership offers special rates at Bank of America? The Oscars may be this weekend, but AOPA has its own award winners, and we need your help nominating folks in all areas of the O&P world. Check out today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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