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September 10, 2013
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Correct Medicare orders critical to reducing O&P error rates
O&P practitioners can take a series of specific steps to reduce the current high error rates found in prepayment reviews under the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor jurisdictions, AOPA government affairs expert Devon Bernard writes. These errors generally fall into three categories: failure to respond to requests for information, neglecting to provide a valid proof of delivery for every item, and lack of proper, valid or complete orders or prescriptions. Bernard also details the key components of what constitutes valid orders for Medicare, including the dispensing order and the detailed written order. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (9/2013)
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Exoskeleton glove takes Greek teen to Google Science Fair
After seeing his grandmother struggle with a TV remote, 17-year-old Charalampos Ioannou of Greece developed a prototype for a metallic glove with sensor technology that allows the user to distinguish between heavy work such as wielding a hammer and more delicate movements such as holding an egg. Ioannou is one of 15 finalists headed to the Google Science Fair international competition, whose winner will be announced this month. Kathimerini (Greece) (9/3)
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Study: Amino acid in salmon effective against type 2 diabetes
In experiments using mice, the amino acid arginine, found in salmon, eggs and nuts, was shown to be effective in treating type 2 diabetes, according to a study by the University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, published in the journal Endocrinology. Both insulin-sensitive and insulin-resistant mice improved their glucose metabolism significantly using the amino acid, researchers said. Yahoo/Asian News International (9/10)
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Technological breakthroughs advance field of wound healing
A new, battery-operated ultrasound patch that covers wounds like a bandage shows promise for healing difficult wounds. Other recent technologies advancing the field of wound care include sprays that contain growth factor cells, negative-pressure devices and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. WEAR-TV (Pensacola, Fla.) (8/28)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Guidance helps providers understand revised HIPAA rules
A new American Medical Association document may help providers understand the revised HIPAA privacy rules that take effect Sept. 23. The document explores the different compliance provisions of the rules and offers tips on how providers can meet the new requirements, make privacy notices meaningful and evaluate business associates. Health Data Management (9/9)
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Thai company manufactures lightweight mastectomy bra
The Thai Wacoal company in Thailand produces a mastectomy bra that includes lightweight, machine-washable prosthetic breasts made of permeable micro beads embedded in foam and covered with a soft fabric. "We've found that micro beads are suitable to substitute the weight of natural breast and the micro foam is mixed in to obtain a naturally soft texture," said Somchit Netithammakorn, Wacoal Body Clinic's innerwear expert. The Nation (Bangkok) (9/8)
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Business and Finance
Don't overlook an Affordable Care Act tax credit
Under the new health care law, businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees that meet certain other criteria are eligible for a tax credit that, starting next year, will be worth as much as 50% of their premium costs. Recent rules from the IRS have ensured the credit will remain available to businesses in states that have been slow to open health care exchanges. Inc. online (free registration) (9/6)
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Keep the state informed about your company
You'll need to inform the state about changes to your business if your company is organized as a corporation or LLC, writes Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet. Among other things, you'll want to let the state know if the address or name of your business needs to be updated, she writes. You can file these changes by filling out paperwork known as Articles of Amendment. Small Business Trends (9/5)
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Breaking news from AOPA
The World Congress invited you to come out to an Exhibitor Sponsored Happy Hour in Florida -- don't miss it! Tomorrow is AOPA's monthly Audio Conference covering the Lower Limb Prosthetic Policy -- register now and get 1.5 CEU's! Hit the World Congress ground running on Thursday morning with jam packed education. An impressive amount of regulatory education will be featured on Friday including a Mock Audit session where you can bring a patient file. Be sure to browse the Wine Auction Sneak Peek Catalog and take note of the coming CMS Open Door Forum Call -- all of this in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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Upcoming events
Sept. 11: Read Between the Lines: The Medicare Lower Limb Prosthetic Policy (Telephone audio conference)
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Sept. 18-21: O&P World Congress, Orlando, Fla.
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Oct. 22-23: Mastering Medicare: Advanced Coding and Billing Techniques, Las Vegas
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