New law would mean counseling, information for veteran amputees | Dad gives son prosthetic hand with the help of artist, 3D printer | "Bionic Woman" uses nerve-activated prosthetic limbs
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November 5, 2013
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New law would mean counseling, information for veteran amputees
A bill that would provide wounded veterans who are in need of orthotic care or prosthetic limbs with information and counseling about their health care rights was introduced Thursday by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C. Among its provisions, the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights would mandate that amputee veterans be told about their right to obtain new technology, choose their practitioner and get a second opinion. "This bill educates veterans of their rights and expectations for quality care and empowers them to advocate for themselves in order to obtain the most appropriate care that meets their individual needs," Ellmers said. The Ripon Advance (11/5)
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Dad gives son prosthetic hand with the help of artist, 3D printer
Paul McCarthy was able to create a prosthetic hand for his 12-year-old son, Leon, thanks to his persistence, a 3D printer and the help of Washington state special effects artist Ivan Owen, who previously created prosthetic fingers for a boy in South Africa. Leon, whose prosthesis is able to help him manipulate a pencil, was born without fingers on his left hand. The Christian Science Monitor (11/4)
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"Bionic Woman" uses nerve-activated prosthetic limbs
Shannon Smith developed sepsis and a clot-causing condition that led to the amputation of all four of her limbs almost a year ago. She became one of the first people to receive four prostheses that work through nerve activation, allowing her to go from using a wheelchair to being able to walk on her own. Microprocessors in her artificial knees monitor her gait, said East Coast Orthotic & Prosthetic clinical director Christopher Berger. WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (11/4)
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ADA's new mobile health program targets type 2 diabetes patients
The American Diabetes Association has launched a free, year-long mobile health program aimed at patients recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Through the program, users have access to information, guidance, resources and reminders on their mobile phones. (Boston) (11/5)
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Post-polio syndrome is subject of awareness campaign at Wis. Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Stevens Point, Wis., has started a campaign to spread awareness of post-polio syndrome, a little-known condition that can affect people who have had polio. "(Post-polio syndrome) is not a re-occurrence of the (polio) virus, just an abnormal response to normal aging. As people age they do lose some strength, but those who have post-polio syndrome lose it much faster," physical therapist Stephanie Olson said. The Rotary Club created an awareness video and will have their efforts featured in the Rotarian. The Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (11/4)
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Tavenner: is slowly getting better
The Affordable Care Act's enrollment website is gradually being made better, according to remarks prepared by CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner for testimony today before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. "We are seeing improvements each week and by the end of November, the experience on the site will be smooth for the vast majority of users," her statement says. "In addition to the more affordable rates resulting from competition among insurers, insurance affordability programs, including premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, will help many eligible individuals and families, significantly reducing the monthly premiums and cost sharing paid by consumers." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/4)
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CMS to host provider call on new PECOS, EHR process
The CMS is set to conduct a National Provider Call to discuss a new process in accessing the agency's Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System, Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, and National Plan and Provider Enumeration System. The event is scheduled for Nov. 15. AHA News Now (11/1)
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Is it better to lease or buy equipment?
Leasing and buying each offer their own set of advantages for businesses just getting off the ground, Carla Turchetti writes. When choosing the best option for your business, consider your company's unique attributes. "There isn't really an easy or 'one size fits all' answer, because every business and business owner is different," Turchetti writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (11/4)
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Breaking news from AOPA
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers introduced the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights – get the latest! Ottobock debuted "Limitless" at ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival – check out the trailer! Set your calendar for 2014 and fix your sights on the AOPA National Assembly in Las Vegas! AOPAversity is hosting an audio conference in November on advocacy – take an active role in controlling the future of O&P treatment by registering today! Be sure to take some time to review the World Congress wrap-up in this November’s O&P Almanac - all of this in today’s AOPA Breaking News.
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