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Limb Attachment Alternative Finally Coming to U.S.

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in General |

Limb Attachment Alternative Finally Coming to U.S.

Osseointegration for Prosthetic Limb Attachment Of the various ingredients that comprise a current-generation prosthetic limb, the point of connection to the human anatomy, the socket, is often considered the most problematic.  Various issues involving the residual limb — skin infections and ulcerations, volume changes, perspiration, skin grafts, scarring, a short limb remnant and abnormal bone formation near the amputation site — present significant challenges to a positive outcome. ...

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Diabetic Foot Wound Care Goes Digital

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in General |

Diabetic Foot Wound Care Goes Digital

PressureGuardian™ Tracks Diabetic Foot Wound Care with Your Smartphone Digital technology, already revolutionizing health care around the world, is poised to transform diabetic foot wound management as well. Individuals with diabetes experience a much higher risk of lower-limb amputation than non-diabetics, and a large majority of those amputations are preceded by a non-healing foot ulcer. Once an ulceration develops in an insensate foot, a frequent response is to provide a custom ankle-foot...

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New Documentation Requirements for Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthoses

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in General |

New Documentation Requirements for Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthoses

CMS Now Requires ‘Doc’-umentation For TLSOs as Well First lower-limb prostheses, now spinal braces. We have been advised that effective Jan. 1, 2013 the CMS physician documentation standards for justifying medical necessity of lower-extremity prosthetic limbs adopted in 2011 have been extended to thoracic lumbar sacral orthoses (TLSOs). That means that to qualify for Medicare reimbursement, all TLSO prescriptions must be supported by detailed notations in the physician’s chart establishing...

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Crisis in Orthotic and Prosthetics Care Delivery

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in General |

Crisis in Orthotic and Prosthetics Care Delivery

Important information for prosthetics patients and their doctors An extraordinary event transpired May 13, 2013: The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), primary business confederation of prosthetic limb and orthopedic brace providers in the United States, sued the O&P industry’s primary funding source, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in federal district court. This drastic step came only after 20 months of a non-stop double-barreled assault on the...

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