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

  Top Story 
  • O&P facilities should prepare for Medicare revalidation
    All suppliers who enrolled before March 25, 2011, are being revalidated by Medicare to ensure they meet the program’s revised standards. Government affairs expert Devon Barnard advises O&P facilities to prepare for revalidation by ensuring their information on file with CMS is up to date; enrolling in the Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership system; and making sure all supporting documentation is in order. It’s also a good idea to review the facility’s policies and procedures and become familiar with relevant supplier standards. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • New device treats diabetic neuropathy
    SENSUS, a device developed by NeuroMetrix to alleviate diabetic neuropathy, produces an electric current that prevents nerve pain signals originating in the foot and lower leg from reaching the brain. Users wear the electronic stimulator on their upper calf and activate it by pressing a button. One Source Medical Group has been selected to market the device. American City Business Journals/San Antonio (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Existing drug shows promise in reversing effects of obesity
    An off-patent drug used to treat canker sores and asthma may help curb the effects of obesity, including type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine. Mice eating a high-calorie diet who also received amlexanox lost weight and body fat and reversed type 2 diabetes caused by the diet. Scientists hope to begin human trials within the year. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Treatment reverses type 1 diabetes in dogs, may hold human potential
    Spanish researchers found dogs injected with gene therapy vectors maintained blood glucose levels after eating and while fasting and exercising without having hypoglycemic episodes. The dogs also attained complete remission of type 1 diabetes, researchers said. The findings in the journal Diabetes could help lead to the development of safe diabetes treatments in humans, researchers said. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers urge routine screening for DPN in children
    Screening for diabetic peripheral neuropathy showed that 26% of 151 children, teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes tested positive for the condition, including 33 patients who were not considered at high risk. "This study highlights that DPN can occur in youth at any age and at any time," the study authors wrote. They called for clinical guidelines for detecting DPN in young patients. News-Medical.Net/MedWire News (U.K.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chronic stress raises risk of developing diabetes
    Chronic stress can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study by Swedish researchers published in the journal Diabetic Medicine. Scientists studied 7,000 men who initially had no history of diabetes, stroke or heart disease and found over the course of the 35-year study that those who reported permanent stress were 45% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than men who reported periodic episodes of stress or no stress. (U.K.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • White House reviews final rule for essential health benefits
    The rule defining “essential health benefits” under the Affordable Care Act is under final review by the White House. The rule, which also proposes a timeline for health plans to receive accreditation in health insurance exchanges, will take effect next January. The Hill (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More than 60 ACOs establish national group
    The National Association of ACOs has been established through a collaboration of more than 60 accountable care organizations. The group's mission includes promoting uniform performance and quality measures, as well as educating the public on the importance of accountable care. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC's patient safety plan gains support from CHIME
    The ONC's Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan has received a nod from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which said that it supports the idea of using existing programs within the government and private sector "as foundational leverage to strengthen health IT and patient safety." The group also offered recommendations, including relying on a stakeholder-driven group to implement the plan. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • Patients with BIID may seek amputation of healthy limbs
    Individuals with Body Integrity Identity Disorder have an unexplained urge to be disabled, often through amputation of a limb. Researchers have linked the condition to a problem in the right parietal lobe of the brain. Research psychiatrist Dr. Michael First estimates that thousands of Americans suffer from BIID. ABC News (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Learn about PDAC removing the height requirement for AFOs described by L1960. What is the AOPA "Wheel of Prizes" and how you can win a FREE registration to the World Congress? Get your golfing gear ready -- it's time to start thinking about the Fall Thranhardt Golf Classic. All of this and more is in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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