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February 4, 2014
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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New approaches help amputees battle winter cold
Prosthetic limbs, often made of metal, can become very cold in winter, a problem for sports enthusiasts, farmers and others who work outside. Therese Willkomm, director of Assistive Technology in New Hampshire, is hoping to use a small battery-operated ceramic tile produced in India to regulate socket temperatures. Jason Lalla, a certified practitioner at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics in Manchester, N.H., takes another approach, working with special insulation to protect residual limbs from cold metal. New Hampshire Public Radio (2/4)
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Science and Technology
IDEO brace has helped hundreds become active
At Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, nearly 600 veterans and military personnel have been fitted with the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, a device that features a fitted carbon-graphite cuff and footplate connected by vertical struts that has allowed them to return to physical activity. In as many as 50% of cases, users have been able to return to active duty, and many have avoided amputations. The IDEO, developed at the Center for the Intrepid, is now being adapted by Hanger for civilian use. Stars and Stripes (2/2)
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Medical News
Bionic pancreas seen as near-ideal solution for those with diabetes
"It doesn't get any better than this," said Mary Fortune, who has diabetes and is executive vice president of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Fortune was referring to a bionic pancreas developed by researchers at Boston University and Harvard Medical School. The device, which uses an iPhone application and is undergoing trials, constantly monitors blood glucose levels and adjusts insulin and glucagon levels accordingly. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (2/1)
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Legislative and Regulatory
More ACA regulations on the way
The Obama administration is developing more regulations to implement or address flaws in the Affordable Care Act, including rules implementing the employer mandate and nondiscrimination standards for insurers, as well as rules to address what happens to people whose eligibility for Medicaid changes frequently. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/31)
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High-school basketball player allowed to play on prosthetic legs
Colorado high school student Bailey Roby, who was born without fibula bones and had his legs amputated as an infant, played basketball on blade prostheses until a referee benched him saying Roby's prostheses posed a safety hazard to himself and other players. Officials have reconsidered, however, and Roby can again play on a game-by-game basis, as long as the opposing team has no objections. ABC News (2/3)
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5-year-old with prosthetic legs appears in Super Bowl commercial
Rhode Island amputee Braylon O'Neill, 5, appeared in a Microsoft Super Bowl commercial about how technology can empower individuals. Braylon, who is active in a variety of sports, is seen racing around pylons wearing his prosthetic legs and smacking a baseball in a batting cage. The Providence Journal (R.I.) (free registration) (2/2)
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Business and Finance
What are the chances of a tax audit?
As your business income rises, the odds of an audit also tend to climb, notes Bonnie Lee, owner of Taxpertise. But there are also other factors that can greatly increase the risk of an audit. The Internal Revenue Service might come calling if your 1099 forms don't line up with your income or if you have very high expenses, for example. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/31)
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AOPA News
Breaking news from AOPA
Less than a week away, AOPA is going to New Orleans for the 1st quarter Coding & Billing Seminar -- be sure to register today! Earn continuing education credit in the O&P Almanac -- it's easy and free. Read the January issue and take your quiz today. Learn more about the distance learning opportunities that AOPA offers -- get your business credits today! AOPA's 2014 Quick Coders are available in the bookstore. With vast changes to the 2014 Medicare codes, don't be left out in the cold -- get yours today! OTWorld is going to Leipzig, Germany -- all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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Upcoming events
Feb. 10-11: Mastering Medicare: Essential Coding and Billing Techniques Seminar, New Orleans
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Feb. 12:
Billing for Diabetic & Orthopedic Shoes, Mastectomy Services, and Surgical Dressings (Telephone audio conference) Learn more or register online.
March 12: The ABC's of Audits: What to Expect and How to Respond (Telephone audio conference)
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