Prosthetic-finger company testing materials for smartphone-friendly digit | Protein inhibitor could help in wound healing | Spray-on bandage covers wounds, retains elasticity
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August 22, 2013
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Prosthetic-finger company testing materials for smartphone-friendly digit
After developing a functional prosthetic finger from bicycle parts, finger amputee Colin Macduff founded RCM Enterprise, which now mass produces the Bio-Mechanical Prosthetic Finger. Next steps: making a finger that is touch-sensitive for computer tablets and smartphones, and developing a prosthetic thumb. The company hopes to have the touch-screen finger available within the next year. FastCoDesign (8/22)
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Protein inhibitor could help in wound healing
A Canadian research team was able to improve the healing of chronic wounds in mice by blocking the inflammatory "Granzyme B" enzyme. The discovery can help diabetes patients and the elderly, in particular, because they often have wounds that will not close or that reopen easily, according to lead investigator David Granville. The study was published in the medical journal Cell Death and Differentiation. (British Columbia) (8/21)
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Spray-on bandage covers wounds, retains elasticity
A new, spray-on bandage being sold over the counter creates a film over wounds to prevent infection while retaining elasticity, inventor and chemist Kerriann Greenhalgh says. Greenhalgh based the dressing on a water-based polymer she worked with as a graduate student at the University of South Florida. WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (8/19)
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AND outlines draft recommendations for diabetes prevention
Losing weight and getting medical nutrition therapy from a registered dietitian are part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' draft guidelines to prevent prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes. The guidelines, presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators' annual meeting, also call for reducing a patient's glycemic index and glycemic load and encouraging consumption of vegetable protein instead of animal protein. Registered Dietitian Shelley Mesznik, who helped draft the recommendations, said that just losing weight is more important than achieving a specific amount of weight loss. (free registration) (8/16)
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Legislative and Regulatory
CMS program helped fuel growth of Medicare ACOs, report says
A report recently released by Leavitt Partners showed that the number of Medicare accountable care organizations has surpassed the number of commercial ACOs. The addition of hundreds of new participants in CMS' Medicare Shared Savings Program has contributed to the trend, according to the report, which also notes that since no new Medicare ACOs will be created until January, non-Medicare ACOs may regain the majority. (8/20)
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Paralympian stands for first time to dance at wedding
British Paralympic javelin thrower Nathan Stephens, who lost his legs as a child, surprised the guests at his wedding when he stood on prosthetic limbs for the first time and danced with his bride, Charlene. “Him being able to let me go and stand on his own, I couldn’t have been prouder,” Charlene said. Stephens will be throwing the javelin for Great Britain in next year's European championships. BBC (8/21)
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Business and Finance
SHOP exchanges offer more health coverage options for small businesses
Some states will open health insurance exchanges this year under the Affordable Care Act's Small Business Health Options Program, intended to give more choices to employees at businesses with fewer than 50 workers. Employers will define a set contribution for worker coverage, and the exchange will take care of transactions with the insurer. Employees who purchase insurance through a SHOP exchange will not be eligible for tax credits, and employee choice via SHOP exchanges will be delayed a year in the 33 states that chose to let the federal government run their insurance exchanges. Kaiser Health News (8/20)
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Small-business tax obligations vary with company structure
Your tax obligations to the federal government will hinge to a large degree on how your business is organized, Bonnie Lee writes. She explains how your responsibilities will differ depending on whether your company is structured as a sole proprietorship, limited liability company, partnership or corporation. Fox Business Small Business Center (8/16)
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Breaking news from AOPA
In today’s Breaking News, AOPA encourages all prosthetists to complete surveys pertaining to Medicare documentation in prosthetics, assisting efforts with CMS RAC audits. The AOPA World Congress is one month away, and the meeting will feature an imperative Friday Regulatory Survival Day of Education--you do not want to miss this if you'd like to stay on top of your game in the O&P industry. Speaking of Orlando, OPAF has plans to unveil an esteemed adaptive fitness clinic at the World Congress for the first time: First Fit! Also, two upcoming sessions regarding the CMS' follow-up open-door forum call and a HIPAA Update Webinar, as well as congratulations to Matt Perkins of Coyote Design on his recent promotion--all of this in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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Upcoming events
Aug. 28: 2013 HIPAA & the HITECH Final Rule Webinar
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Sept. 11:
Read Between the Lines: The Medicare Lower Limb Prosthetic Policy (Telephone audio conference)
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Sept. 18-21: AOPA 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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