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Poll: Most providers would nix partial payment CMS settlement
A poll by HME News found that 60% of respondents would decline an offer by the CMS to accept partial payment of 68% to settle pending appeals. Many of the 40% who said they would accept the offer cited the financial burden of pursuing appeals. However, some worried that acceptance would signal to the CMS that they could accept a lower payment or that acceptance of the settlement would affect timely payment of claims in the future. HME News (9/12)
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Science and Technology
Mountain goats inspire climbing prosthesis
Kai Lin used a mountain goat as the basis for his design of a prosthetic leg for mountain climbers. The inside of goats' small hooves act as suction cups, while the rigid shell provides stability. The small footprint of the Klippa prosthesis can fit in cracks to aid mountaineers as they ascend rock faces, although it has not yet been tested on human climbers. Gizmodo Australia (9/16)
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Medical News
U.S. shows decline in diabetic foot infections
The proportion of discharges for diabetic foot infections in the U.S. showed an 11% reduction between 1996 and 2010, researchers reported at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Data also showed the number of amputation-inducing infections declined from 33.2% in 1996 to 17.1% in 2010. Healio (free registration)/Infectious Disease News (9/9)
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Lower diabetes odds seen with high-fat dairy consumption
Participants who had the highest consumption of high-fat dairy products had a 23% lower risk of type 2 diabetes than did those with the lowest intake, researchers reported at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. Research also showed that eating both low-fat and high-fat meat was linked to an increased risk of diabetes. MedicalDaily.com (9/15)
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Researchers developing electronic skin to find lumps in breasts
A study in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces found that an electronic skin that is capable of "feeling" and imaging small objects shows promise in detecting breast cancer early. The polymer and nanoparticle skin was able to image lumps as deep as 20 millimeters and as small as 5 millimeters in tests using a silicone model. NewKerala.com (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (9/11)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Obama administration urges active health plan re-enrollment
People who enrolled in a health plan through an Affordable Care Act exchange will be automatically re-enrolled in the same or a similar plan, and insurers are sending their subscribers federally mandated notices of re-enrollment. However, some benchmark plans on which subsidies are based have changed, and some people have had income or other life changes that affect tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies. Consequently, the Obama administration now advises consumers to revisit the online marketplace, update their information and compare available plans. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/15)
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IPA: Pistorius will be allowed to compete in Paralympics after serving his sentence
The International Paralympic Committee said Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to compete again after he has served his sentence for the death of his girlfriend. Pistorius was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, which is the same as manslaughter and carries a sentence of up to 15 years. Business Insider (9/15), Business Insider (9/12)
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Business and Finance
Shares of ReWalk double in first day of trading
Shares of the Israeli company ReWalk Robotics more than doubled on Friday when the company made its initial public offering on Nasdaq. ReWalk Robotics is the maker of the ReWalk robotic exoskeleton. The Taipei Times (Taiwan)/The Associated Press (9/14)
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Mobility Saves Lives & Money at the AOPA National Assembly -- participate in the O&P campaign of the year! The VA releases revised prosthetic limb contract template -- get the scoop! Remain compliant with HIPAA -- business associate agreements need to be updated by Sept. 23! The September O&P Almanac is online -- get your credits and the latest news! On the horizon, the St. Louis Coding & Billing Seminar is coming up. It's your gateway to everything coding and billing -- register today! OPIE Software introduces O&P Network, and Hanger hires a new CFO, Thomas Kiraly -- all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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