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November 2011

Wisconsin Medicaid, Medicare fraud cases focus on orthotic device sales

Recent legal actions in Wisconsin have targeted millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid fraud associated with the sales of orthotic devices. On October 24 Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that his office had charged seven Milwaukee residents … Continue reading

November 2011

ACFAS seeks investigative sites for study on subtalar arthroereisis

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is seeking members to serve as investigators as part of a research initiative on subtalar joint arthroereisis. The study’s principal investigator, Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS, and colleagues are recruiting … Continue reading

November 2011

EOS 3D system compares well with CT

Cambridge, MA-based EOS Imaging’s 3D modeling system compares well with computed tomography (CT) scanning for measuring femoral torsion, according to a study presented October 24 at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie in Paris. Results demonstrated no significant differences between the … Continue reading

November 2011

Össur site emphasizes active life

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur launched its online forum, ÖssurActive, at the September American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly in Las Vegas. The site offers discussion boards and training programs for above-knee and below-knee amputees. Spearheaded by Paralympic track star … Continue reading

November 2011

ISPO announces PacRim 2012 dates

The U.S. National Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics is sponsoring A Pacific Forum for Physical Rehab, also known as PacRim 2012, January 22-24 in Honolulu. PacRim 2012’s plenary sessions and workshops on progressive treatment options … Continue reading

November 2011

Cascade distributes Incrediwear line

Chico, CA-based Cascade Orthopedic Supply is now carrying Star Nutrition’s line of Incrediwear products, including the Incredibrace and Incredisocks lines, which use anion technology to help increase circulation and regulate temperature. Star Nutrition, also based in California, has more than … Continue reading

November 2011

AliMed teams with GHX for e-commerce

A partnership between Dedham, MA-based AliMed and technology company Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) opens the door for 3900 GHX hospital members to select and purchase products from AliMed through the GHX exchange. GHX’s cloud computing technology increases efficiencies for hospitals … Continue reading

October 2011

OHI acquires Arizona AFO, adding third franchise brand to company

On September 23, Markham, Ontario-based Orthotic Holdings, Inc., a leading lower extremity orthotic company, acquired Arizona AFO, which is the third franchise brand under the OHI umbrella, alongside The Orthotic Group, also headquartered in Markham, and Ronkonkoma, NY-based Langer Biomechanics. … Continue reading

October 2011

Reebok settles deceptive advertising suit, will refund $25 million to customers

Canton, MA-based Reebok International settled in September a complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), agreeing to refund $25 million to customers who bought specialized shoes the company claimed would tone muscles. The $25 million settlement is one … Continue reading

October 2011

SureFit adds XtremityOne software

Coral Springs, FL-based therapeutic footwear company SureFit will distribute PAL Health’s software system for computer-assisted orthotic management of diabetic foot ulcers. The new offering will complement SureFit’s existing lines of diabetic footwear and orthoses. Version 3 of the XtremityOne, a … Continue reading

October 2011

Website for Natural Step shoes debuts

Miami, FL-based Nobile Shoes, distributor of Natural Step shoes, has created a new website, www.naturalstepshoes.com, that highlights its Natural Step line of multidensity rocker soles, which are designed by pedorthists and manufactured in Brazil. Reseller applications and order forms can … Continue reading

October 2011

Quality Outcomes launches charting tool

Fredericksburg, VA-based Quality Outcomes introduces Q-Chart, a simple efficient, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant patient charting tool designed to help smaller O&P and pedorthic practices document patient care and cut down on charting errors that can cost time and … Continue reading

October 2011

ABC publishes accreditation guide

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics has added a resource tool. The ABC Facility Accreditation Standards Compliance Guide provides useful easy-to-comprehend resources to guide facility owners through the accreditation process. The no-cost guide is available only … Continue reading

October 2011

Sanford Health and ACSM establish institute to protect young athletes

Sanford Health and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have partnered to create the research-based National Youth Sports and Health Safety Institute. More youths are participating in sports then ever before, and the incidence of injuries is rising despite … Continue reading

October 2011

Pedorthist announces FootCentric, CME company with philanthropic mission

Chapel Hill, NC-based pedorthist and physical therapist Patricia Pande, PT, MCLSc, CPed, CSCS, has launched FootCentric (www.footcentriconline.com), a continuing education company created by a team of experienced physical therapy and fitness experts dedicated to teaching comprehensive foot treat­­ment to physical … Continue reading

October 2011

ComfortFit offers Richie Brace webinars

Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Orthotics Lab is offering no-cost webinars featuring Richie brace inventor Douglas Richie, DPM. The webinars are appropriate for practitioners currently prescribing Richie Braces and those interested in prescribing the devices. Webinar schedule: “Clinical Indications,” a presentation on … Continue reading

October 2011

Diabetes event targets Native Americans

Native Nation Events, a provider of educational conferences and forums to the Native American community, will hold the Native American Diabetes Pandemic Conference: Prevention, Awareness & Programs November 16-17 in Cabazon, CA. On some reservations, more than 50% of the … Continue reading

October 2011

Fall PediFix catalog has 24 new items

Brewster, NY-PediFix has released its fall 2011 catalog, featuring two dozen new items. The catalog includes new dermatology products, postoperative FootSplints, GelSmart conservative padding options, and other products. It also includes new over-the-counter products. For a free copy of the … Continue reading

October 2011

DJO Global’s pain management knee

Last month Vista, CA-based DJO Global, a provider of medical devices for musculoskeletal, vascular, and pain management issues, introduced the Empi Active Knee to treat knee pain. The device uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), comfortable electrical stimulation, to stop … Continue reading

September 2011

Mixed martial arts fighter wins right to compete wearing prosthetic limb

In August, the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission awarded Shea Taylor, a 28-year-old transtibial amputee who wears an Össur prosthetic foot, an amateur mixed martial arts license. The MMA license clears the way for him to compete in a September … Continue reading

September 2011

Delcam launches workflow software, announces dates for technology forum

Fort Myers, FL-based CAD-CAM developer Delcam announced in August the upcoming launch of its workflow management product, OrderManager, at the 2011 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly, held in Las Vegas, September 19-22. OrderManager software helps practitioners and orthotic … Continue reading

September 2011

National Pedorthic Services opens new locations in Milwaukee, St. Louis

National Pedorthic Services announced in August the opening of two new facilities, one in Milwaukee and one in St. Louis, MO. Both locations feature state-of-the-art equipment and fixtures and are located in shopping plazas that offer easy-access parking. NPS specializes … Continue reading

September 2011

Awards for young O&P researchers will debut at AOPA national assembly

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association was scheduled to announce the inaugural winners of two new awards recognizing outstanding O&P research at its 2011 National Assembly on September 19-22 in Las Vegas. Undergraduate and graduate students in O&P programs and … Continue reading

September 2011

ASOP promotion features home study course on fracture casting and bracing

The American Society of Orthopedic Professionals/American Association of Orthotic Fitters is offering a limited-time deal on its CD version of the Manual of Fracture Casting and Bracing, by Augusto Sarmiento, MD, and the accompanying 100-question exam. The CD manual covers … Continue reading

September 2011

South Asian diabetic foot conference will feature international experts

The Indian Uttar Pradesh Madhumeh Association is sponsoring the Diabetes Update for Clinicians (DUFC) conference to help advance clinician education in South Asia, where there are no colleges of podiatric medicine and few opportunities for structured training in foot care. … Continue reading