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  • Register today for the 2010 AOPA Policy Forum
  • Take the Business Conditions Survey for March 2010
  • Take the Employee Insurance Benefits Survey to Help AOPA save your practice money
  • 2010 Operating Performance Survey: Participate before April 30 Deadline
  • Tammy Duckworth, "This is my second chance at life"
  • A second update on Haiti from Al Ingersoll, CP
  • Rehabilitation in rural Haiti: dreading discharge
  • Next Mastering Medicare Conference in Pittsburgh, May 24-25
  • SPARKy device helps amputees return to normal lives
  • O&P NEWS



    Register today for the 2010 AOPA Policy Forum
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    Discussions at the national level of what should be done about health care have been going on for over a year now, and they aren't done yet. For O&P today, not only are there critical implementation issues that have yet to be resolved on the federal health care reform bill, fights on the state level, particularly in regards to licensure, parity and budgets are also of great importance to the O&P community. The 2010 AOPA Policy Forum will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 26-27, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. At this year's AOPA Policy Forum, attendees will be briefed on what health care reform will mean to your business, how to discuss O&P concerns with your members of Congress and techniques and talking points to take home to their states to further O&P's issues at the state level. Policy Forum guests include Rep. William Cassidy R-La., a member of the House Education and Labor Committee and Rep. Jason Altmire D-Pa., also a member of the House Education and Labor Committee and Small Business Committee and he is also one of the very few Democrats who stood up to intense political pressure and voted against the health care reform package. This exciting Capitol Hill location will provide a new experience for returning attendees as well as a memorable first time for those who have not attended before. Call (800) 233-1234 or (202) 737-1234 before May 4 and mention the 2010 AOPA Policy Forum in order to receive the special room rate of $255 per night, a bargain in Washington for this time of year. More



    Take the Business Conditions Survey for March 2010
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    The latest Business Conditions Survey is available. This month's short survey asks about revenues, technology in your practice, and the 2010 Policy Forum. Click here to take the survey. More

    Take the Employee Insurance Benefits Survey to help AOPA save your practice money
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    Just as AOPA has saved members significant dollars in their costs for casualty, property and liability insurance - there may be opportunities for members to experience similar savings in providing employee life, disability, vision and dental insurance benefits. The savings could be significant if a sufficient number of AOPA members join together in creating a group program to offer these benefits. The 2009 AOPA Compensation & Benefits Report disclosed that 68 percent of the responding companies offer life insurance and the cost is fully paid by 52 percent of those companies. Dental insurance was also offered by 68 percent of the companies, optical/vision by 46 percent and short term disability by 55 percent. A group program could lower costs for members - an important consideration when the cost/price squeeze if affecting every facet of business today. Click here to take a brief survey, which will help AOPA determine the interest level and whether to devote modest resources toward developing a new member-insurance benefit service. More

    Trans-Femoral Rotator 300 (TFR)
    The Trans-Femoral Rotator 300 (TFR) from Hosmer allows cross-legged sitting for the above knee amputee.  The TFR also permits easier entry and exit of tight spaces, such as automobiles; smooth, one-handed, push button operation and is rated to 300 lbs. More info more


    2010 Operating Performance Survey: Participate before April 30 deadline
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    The 2010 Operating Performance Survey forms were mailed April 1 to all members asking them to return the completed survey reporting 2009 data by April 30. This is a crucial year to know what's happening in your business and to know the trends that are affecting all O&P patient care facilities. There's no better way to learn the financial facts of O&P patient care facilities than by participating in this survey. Here's the payback for completing the survey. Those who complete the survey receive a FREE copy of the report ($195 for members/$295 for nonmembers) in addition to a FREE Company Performance Report comparing your results with other O&P facilities of similar size and location. A consultant would charge several hundred dollars for this detailed analysis. That's at least a $1,000 payback if you purchased the survey results and hired a consultant to tell you how your business compared and what you can do to improve performance. Michael Becher of Industry Insights will available to assist with any questions or other issues. Michael's email is mbecher@indins.com and he can reached by phone at (614) 389-2100 ext. 114. More

    Tammy Duckworth, 'This is my second chance at life'
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    Through stories of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and Haiti earthquake victims, msnbc.com explores the experiences of those who've lost limbs and the struggle they say is not just to survive, but to build a life worth living. More



    A second update on Haiti from Al Ingersoll, CP
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    Al Ingersoll, CP, of Winkley Prosthetics, Orthotics & Pedorthics in Golden Valley, Minn., is currently in Haiti and has given AOPA permission to post his on-the-ground account of the coordination of materials and care; an outline of the protocols that are being developed to provide care to disaster victims; and instructions as to how O&P can further donate time, talent, and materials to this outreach effort. More

    Rehabilitation in rural Haiti: Dreading discharge
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    There's a lingering question about what is the best option for all the former Port-au-Prince residents. like a local 17 year-old who's house in Port-au-Prince collapsed in the earthquake, and his whole family was killed – both parents and his sister. Rescue crews pulled him out of the rubble, though he doesn't remember that. When he woke up, he was here at the hospital in Milot. Since mid-January, he's had surgery to fix a broken leg and broken arm, and he's now walking short distances without crutches. He's getting better – but he doesn't know what's next. When I asked him what he thinks will happen when he leaves, he says he has no clue. More

    Next Mastering Medicare Conference in Pittsburgh, May 24-25
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    The second "Mastering Medicare: Advanced Coding & Billing Techniques" seminar of 2010 will be held May 24-25 at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. Bring your toughest coding questions and get the answers from AOPA's staff experts as well as practitioners from AOPA's Coding & Reimbursement Committee. Practitioners and staff alike will be able to have their questions answered during breakout sessions where each group will meet with their peers to discuss their specific concerns. More

    SPARKy Device helps amputees return to normal lives
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    Arizona State University researchers have developed a prosthetic device that literally puts the spring back into an amputee's step. They have developed and refined SPARKy (for spring ankle with regenerative kinetics) into a smart, active and energy-storing below-the-knee (transbitial) prosthesis. SPARKy is the first prosthetic device to apply regenerative kinetics to its design, which resulted in a lightweight (4-pound) device that allows the wearer to walk on grass, cement and rocks, as well as ascend and descend stairs and inclines. More
     
     

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