Amphibious prosthesis designed for sand and surf | Japanese robot-exoskeleton approved for European market | Wound-care product from Osiris shows positive trial results
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August 15, 2013
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Amphibious prosthesis designed for sand and surf
British and Australian students have developed an innovative prosthetic limb designed for high-performance aquatic sports and beach activities, including running on soft sand and playing beach volleyball, surfing and swimming. The Murr-ma, with a flexible carbon-fiber spine, features a split-toe design that efficiently channels water and reduces drag; studs for better balance on sand; and fins that provide extra thrust when the wearer is swimming. The Daily Mail (London) (8/9)
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Japanese robot-exoskeleton approved for European market
Japan-based Cyberdyne's advanced exoskeleton system, known as the Hybrid Assistive Limb suit, or HAL, has been approved for sale as a medical device in Europe by a German certification agency. HAL, which uses nerve impulses to augment strength and movement, can play a valuable role as an assistive medical device for the elderly or disabled. Akihabara News (Japan) (8/15)
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Medical News
Wound-care product from Osiris shows positive trial results
Osiris Therapeutics reported that its Grafix wound-care product, which releases stem cells straight to the wound site to allow tissue regeneration, demonstrated effectiveness in treating patients with diabetic foot ulcers in a postmarket study. The study found that complete wound closure was achieved in 62% of patients who were treated with Grafix, compared with 21% of those who received traditional therapy. Reuters (8/13), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Dow Jones Newswires (8/13)
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Monitoring skin temperature might help prevent diabetic foot ulcers
Monitoring and comparing skin temperature of the feet might help predict diabetes-related foot ulcers, a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research suggests. The study linked a difference in skin temperatures at contralateral sites with foot ulcer development. Podiatry Today magazine online/DPM Blogs (8/9)
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Study compares pressure therapies for venous leg wounds
Patients with unilateral venous leg ulcers experienced higher healing rates when treated with intermittent pneumatic compression or compression stockings than with short-stretch bandages in a study of 70 patients. Ostomy Wound Management online (8/2)
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"Chronic excreters" pose hidden polio threat
The global campaign to eradicate polio has identified one of its last and most difficult challenges: a small population of people with compromised immune systems who took the oral vaccine as children and unknowingly shed live viruses that can mutate and infect others. These rare "chronic excreters" are difficult to identify. Efforts to develop drugs that eliminate vaccine virus shedding are underway. (8/13)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Study: States working to meet ACA's "habilitative" standard
A study of how five states -- Alabama, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia -- are meeting the Affordable Care Act's requirements for "essential health benefits" found that three of them had to add habilitative services to become fully compliant. The federal government -- as well as some states -- has not defined habilitative services. "Some of our insurer respondents indicated they would just 'copy what we have on the physical therapy side' to comply with the requirement to cover habilitative services," the researchers said. (8/14)
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Hospital review: Accountable care organizations growing rapidly
Since the CMS named the first Medicare accountable care organizations in 2011, it has added several hundred more ACOs and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs. The CMS anticipates increases of 100 to 200 more ACOs in the next two years. MedeAnalytics estimates around 8 million to 14 million patients are commercially insured in non-Medicare ACOs. (8/14)
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Okla. amputee musician to receive Jim Thorpe Courage Award
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jake McGehee lost his lower right arm in an industrial accident in 2012. Today, McGehee plays his country ballads wearing a metal prosthesis, created by Muilenburg Prosthetics, attached to a guitar pick. He will be one of three Oklahomans honored Saturday with the Integris Jim Thorpe Courage Award. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (8/11)
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Breaking news from AOPA
In today's Breaking News, the final CMS OTS list is revealed and AOPA responds to the Jurisdiction D announcement relating to AFO/KAFO physician documentation. We say many thank yous to the generous donors for the Wine Tasting & Auction at the World Congress. AOPA's Supplier Plus Partners and the meeting partners all welcome you to attend the prestigious event – it is one month away! Also, two upcoming sessions regarding CMS' follow-up open-door forum call and a HIPAA Update Webinar - 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: 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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