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February 2020

Battery-Powered Headgear Could Short-Circuit OA Joint Pain

Hyochol “Brian” Ahn, PhD, ANP-BC, an associate professor with Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), believes knee pain can be stopped by administering tiny electrical charges to the brain’s primary motor cortex. The brain is an electrochemical organ that processes pain, according to Ahn, and his team is trying to desensitize the areas tied to knee pain. Continue reading

February 2020

Virginia Tech Researchers Developing Smart Prosthetic Socket to Improve Comfort, Performance

A Virginia Tech research team, led by Associate Professor Michael Philen, PhD, of the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and Professor Michael Madigan, PhD, of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to study residual limb volume loss and develop smart prosthetic sockets to improve comfort and performance in prostheses. Continue reading

February 2020

CMS Adds New L-Code for 2020; Updates Therapeutic Shoe Modification Codes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced the following updates, which are effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2020: New L-Code: A new lower extremity–related Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code has been added. Continue reading

February 2020

Hanger Promotes Regina Weger to SPS President

Regina Weger has been promoted to president of SPS, Alpharetta, GA; the company is a subsidiary of Hanger, Austin, TX. Weger has been with SPS for over 20 years, starting in the customer service function. She most recently served as vice president and general manager. Continue reading

February 2020

Ottobock Approved for €100 million in Financing for Product Development

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing financing of up to €100 million to Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA, Duderstadt, Germany. The company will use the funds over the next three years to fund new product development and product improvements with a focus on prosthetics, orthoses, and human mobility. The loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Continue reading

February 2020

Cascade Orthopedic Supply Announces Investment by Ottobock North America

Cascade Orthopedic Supply, Chico, CA, announced an investment made in the company by Ottobock North America, Austin TX; details of the transaction were not disclosed. The investment aims to strengthen the collaboration of the two companies to further improve access to product for all orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) customers and… Continue reading

February 2020

Master of Science in P&O Program Approved for Kennesaw State

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) at Kennesaw State University. It will be housed in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services. Continue reading

January 2020

Integrity Orthotics Joins LBG Medical/Strive Footwear

Integrity Orthotics has joined the LBG Medical family of companies. Based in the United Kingdom, LBG Medical has been a leading orthotic provider for over 40 years and is the largest custom orthotic laboratory in Europe. Continue reading

January 2020

Engineer Receives Grants to Further Develop Utah Bionic Leg

Engineers at the University of Utah (UofU), Salt Lake City, have developed and have been trialing a computerized bionic leg to help amputees walk faster, easier, and with better balance. Now, mechanical engineering assistant professor Tommaso Lenzi, PhD, who heads the project developing the Utah Bionic Leg, has received 2 grants to further advance the technology. Continue reading

January 2020

Handheld Fluorescence Imaging Device for Wound Management Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

MolecuLight, Toronto, Canada, has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its i:X handheld fluorescence imaging device for use in the detection of wounds containing bacteria. The MolecuLight i:X enables real time point-of-care visualization of fluorescence in wounds and measures wounds and digitally records all images and area measurements. Continue reading

January 2020

Study: Student Athlete Safety Is Not a Priority in US High Schools

A recent study showed that one-third of public and private high schools in the US have no access to athletic trainers and that lack of appropriate sports medicine care is even greater for private schools where parents are traditionally paying for what they perceive as a better and safer experience. Continue reading

January 2020

Researchers Land Funding to Further Study Diabetic Ulcer Drug

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame recently received $4.6 million from the US Department of Defense to help fund studies for a drug they developed for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. The compound, called (R)-ND-336, is a topical gel. It was developed by Mayland Chang, PhD, research professor in the Department of Chemistry and… Continue reading

October 2019

Stevens, Bonbouton Sign Exclusive Agreement to Further Develop Smart Insole

Stevens Institute of Technology (Stevens), Hoboken, NJ, has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with health and technology company Bonbouton, New York, giving Bonbouton the right to use and further develop a graphene sensing system that detects early signs of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) before they form. Left untreated, DFUs can cause severe tissue and bone damage and may ultimately lead to amputation. Continue reading

October 2019

Humans, Like Salamanders, Can Regrow Joint Cartilage

Cartilage in human joints can repair itself through a process like that used by creatures such as salamanders and zebrafish to regenerate limbs, researchers at Duke University Health System (Duke Health), Durham, NC, found. In their article, published online in the journal Science Advances, the researchers identified a mechanism for cartilage repair that appears to be more robust in ankle joints and less so in hips. The finding could potentially lead to treatments for osteoarthritis, they said. Continue reading

October 2019

O&P Assistant Standards, Guidelines Approved

The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Education Programs in Orthotist and Prosthetist Assistant were approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) board. CAAHEP accredits programs upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. Standards are the minimum requirements to which an accredited program is held accountable. Continue reading

September 2019

Proof-of-Concept Prosthetic Leg Has Proprioception, Reduces Phantom Limb Pain

Two people with transfemoral amputations have been able to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time via 4 intraneural sensors that connect to residual nerves in the thigh. The resulting neurofeedback reduces the physical and mental strain for prosthetic users and has been shown to reduce phantom limb pain. Continue reading

September 2019

Noridian Updates RA Modifier Guidelines for DMEPOS

Noridian, the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdictions A and D, has updated its guidelines regarding use of the RA Modifier, which is to be used for replacement of a DME, orthotic, or prosthetic item. Continue reading

September 2019

CMS Publishes New Fact Sheet for Correct Billing of DMEPOS during Inpatient Stays

A recent report by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General determined that Medicare improperly paid suppliers for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) items provided during inpatient stays. Medicare should not pay a supplier for items furnished to a beneficiary when the beneficiary is still an inpatient. Continue reading

September 2019

UW–Madison, Spinoff Testing Silver-Bearing Bandage for Wound Healing

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–M) and a spinoff company, Imbed Biosciences, Fitchburg, WI, have received a $1.5 million, 2-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to test whether adding gallium metal ions to an ultra-thin material carrying antimicrobial silver can defeat the “biofilms” that shield bacteria from antibiotics. Continue reading

August 2019

MedShape Launches DynaNail Mini Fusion System

MedShape, Atlanta, GA, an orthopedic device manufacturer, announced the launch of its DynaNail Mini™ Fusion System, which is available in 7mm and 8mm diameters and 60mm to 100mm lengths. Featuring MedShape’s patented superelastic nickel titanium (NiTiNOL) technology, the DynaNail Mini is the first orthopedic device designed specifically for subtalar fusion that offers… Continue reading

August 2019

Policy Article Revised for Therapeutic Shoes

The Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Policy Article (PA) for Therapeutic Shoes for Persons with Diabetes was recently revised, as follows. The effective date is January 1, 2019. Continue reading

August 2019

New DME QIC Contract Effective September 1

Effective September 1, the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC) contract for administering all reconsiderations (second-level appeals) on processed DME claims has been transitioned to the contract awardee, MAXIMUS Federal Services. All reconsideration requests must now be submitted to Maximus Federal Services… Continue reading

August 2019

PT Professor Authors New Guideline to Treat PFP

University of Montana (UM) Assistant Professor Richard Willy, PT, PhD, is the lead author on a paper that offers new guidelines for treating patellofemoral pain (PFP), often known as runner’s knee. PFP affects 25% of the general population every year, with women reporting PFP twice as often as men. Continue reading

July 2019

DME MAC Issues Reminder about RT and LT Modifier Usage

CGS, the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC) for Jurisdictions B and C has issued a reminder regarding billing right (RT) and left (LT) modifiers on separate claim lines. There are 6 device categories related to lower extremity care: ankle-foot/knee-ankle-foot orthoses, knee orthoses, lower limb prostheses, orthopedic footwear, surgical dressings, and therapeutic shoes for persons with diabetes. Continue reading

July 2019

CMS Issues DMEPOS Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule containing updates to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) regulations. CMS also published a fact sheet outlining several major provisions in the rule, which are summarized… Continue reading