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December 6, 2012
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

  Top Story 
  • Device tax final rule excludes O&P
    In the final rule on the 2.3% medical device tax issued by the Internal Revenue Service, orthotic and prosthetic devices that do not need to be inserted or implanted by a physician are exempt. Also excluded from the tax are therapeutic shoes. Health Data Management (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For more:   Learn more about the medical device tax, including updates and clarifications, in AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Startup develops early warning devices for foot ulcers
    Canadian medical device maker Orpyx Medical Technologies is developing a pressure-sensitive device that alerts patients with diabetes that they might be developing a foot ulcer. The company is also working on a device to improve gait and balance in people with peripheral neuropathy and alert them when they are at risk for developing a foot ulcer. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Coffee may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
    People who drink three or four cups of coffee per day are 25% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drink two or fewer cups per day, according to a study. The reason is not yet known, but some ideas are that coffee may improve sensitivity to insulin or restore glucose balance. (U.K.) (12/5) , (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Jaipur Foot developers working on prosthetic hand
    The Indian organization that developed the below-knee Jaipur prosthetic foot is working with Stanford University to create a prosthetic hand that may cost about $20. The device should be available within the next few months, according to developers. Moneylife (India) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cockroaches help scientists develop neural control
    With the help of cockroach legs, researchers in Chile are developing ways to use thought control to move objects. Starting with music that produces sound waves similar to the brain’s electrical patterns, scientists identify frequencies that spark movement in the leg. A neural headset then uses that information along with the user’s brain waves to control the movement. The goal is to develop a direct connection between brain and computer that can control prosthetic and other devices. Wall Street Daily (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drugmakers connect with diabetes patients via social media
    People with diabetes, as well as diabetes drug and device makers, have started online blogs and networks to share experiences and information about living with diabetes. Some drugmakers have faced criticism for compensating or sponsoring blogs, and some critics have called for stronger FDA and Federal Trade Commission disclosure rules. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, are studying whether social networking helps patients manage diabetes. National Public Radio (text and audio)/Shots blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Documentation, persistence are the keys to RAC audit appeals success
    While only 6% of Medicare claims identified as overpayments by RAC auditors were appealed in 2011, 43% of those eventually were overturned in the provider's favor, indicating that it pays for O&P providers to contest claims they feel are unfair, writes Joe McTernan, AOPA's coding director. Documentation and persistence are the keys to success, he says. O&P Almanac(Adobe Flash required) (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • O&P practices should have a disaster plan in place
    During a natural disaster, such as Superstorm Sandy, your first priority is to have systems in place to communicate with employees and ensure their safety, the American Health Information Management Association advises. After that, O&P facilities need alternate plans to work off-site if needed, secure access to patient records and develop mutual support networks with other practitioners and hospitals. Marc Klemmt, CPO, FAAOP, has a disaster plan in place at his Johnson City, N.Y., practice that begins with printing out appointment and patient contact information for several days so patients can be contacted if cancellations are needed. O&P Almanac(Adobe Flash required) (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A road map to Internet safety for small businesses
    Small businesses have a variety of tools at their disposal to protect their networks from intrusion, but experts say fending off cybercriminals entails more than building a strong wall to keep them out: It also requires someone to oversee it. All the antivirus and antimalware software in the world is no good if hackers are let in the door. Commentator Nathan Segal offers tips for avoiding Internet scams that lure unsuspecting users to download malicious software, reveal passwords and give up private information. His advice includes using hosting security tools and password-protection services. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Learn about AOPA's efforts save the O&P industry about $100 million with the medical device excise tax exemption – PLUS a late afternoon clarification from the IRS! Looking for O&P events around the world? Check out a new feature about an upcoming event. Help AOPA continue to fight for O&P with the O&P PAC. Have you signed your authorization form? All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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