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April 2018

CMS updates 2018 Medi­care fee schedules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a Medicare fee schedule update effective April 1, 2018, announcing that diabetic shoe inserts fabricated using scanning devices will be now reimbursed using temporary HCPCS code K0903 at the same rate as inserts made over a positive model of the patient’s foot (A5513). The fee schedule for K0903 is set at $43.56, the current Medicare fee schedule for A5513. Continue reading

April 2018

PFA 59th annual symposium set for November

The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) will hold its 59th Annual Symposium and Exhibition November 15 through 17, at the Marriott Grand in St Louis, MO. According to the PFA, this meeting is the largest educational event in the world solely dedicated to the practice of pedorthics and offers a full program of general and breakout sessions, networking and exhibiting opportunities, and social events. Continue reading

April 2018

Lynda Woodruff, Leader in physical therapy education

Lynda Woodruff, PT, PhD, a visiting professor at Alabama State University (ASU), where she initiated the transitional doctor of physical therapy program, died at age 70 years on March 20. She was a lifetime American Physical Therapy Association member. Continue reading

April 2018

Charles Southerland, DPM, receives humanitarian award

Charles Southerland, DPM, received the Humanitarian Award at the 98th Annual American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) House of Delegates meeting, held March 20 in Washington, D, in recognition of his medical missionary work. He serves as program director for the Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project. Continue reading

April 2018

Scope-of-practice legislation progresses in South Carolina

Legislation to expand the scope of practice in South Carolina to include the ankle under podiatric medical care received a second read April 4 in the state House of Representatives. The measure was voted forward by a 71-42 vote. The legislation was supported by the South Carolina Podiatric Medical Association. Continue reading

April 2018

Dennis Frisch installed as APMA president

Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, has been installed as president of American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). In accepting the position, Frisch underscored APMA’s unique value to its members. “Every podiatric physician has earned one thing. Continue reading

April 2018

AOPA policy forum meets with congressional representatives

Orthotic and prosthetic stakeholders met March 8 with members of Congress in Washington, DC, to discuss improving patient care and advancing other legislative objectives. Continue reading

April 2018

OIG report on outpatient physical therapy claims may be flawed: CMA, APTA

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are challenging a recent Officer of the Inspector General (OIG) report, pointing out how flawed processes and misinterpretations are coloring the findings. Continue reading

April 2018

SMU students and faculty serve San Ysidro with free clinical services

Seventeen Samuel Merritt University (SMU) students and 5 faculty nurse practitioners undertook in March their 10th annual medical mission to San Ysidro, CA, located along the Mexican border. Continue reading

April 2018

Physical therapists invited to DMU’s 2018 Stroke Camp

Physical therapists with post-stroke clients are invited to participate in Des Moines University (DMU) College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery’s seventh annual stroke camp on the DMU campus August 20 to 24. Clinicians can earn 4 continuing education contact hours. Continue reading

April 2018

NYSPMA releases report on value of podiatric services to patients

A report funded by the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) has found that expanding podiatry’s role may impact healthcare in the state by decreasing the number of hospital admissions, costs of long-term care, and prescription of opioids in target… Continue reading

April 2018

Transplantation may be effective for some knee cartilage repair

Research presented March 10 at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day in New Orleans has shown that osteochondral allograft transplantation (OCA) is a valuable and successful approach for isolated femoral condyle lesions, which account for 75% of the cartilage repair procedures performed in the knee joint. Continue reading

March 2018

Pediatric Orthopedic treat­ments: “Choosing Wisely”

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has added several recommendations to limit the use of certain imaging, ultrasound, and orthotics in special circumstances in children. The list, which has been added to the… Continue reading

March 2018

RFPs for O&P research grants

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is accepting proposals for separate research grants for clinical research on lower-limb related issues. The proposal submission deadline is April 30. Continue reading

March 2018

AACPT Pledges $90K to Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy (AACPT) pledged more than $90,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy to support 2 research grants related to acute care physical therapy. Continue reading

March 2018

Ottobock Kenovo knee joint under FDA recall

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class 2 device recall of the Ottobock Kenovo prosthetic knee joint, model 3C60=ST and model 3C60. Continue reading

March 2018

Grant to study TBI-related lower extremity deficits

Kessler Foundation researchers Kiran Karunakaran, PhD, and Karen Nolan, PhD, have received a $35,000 grant from New Jersey Health Foundation to study the cortical changes in children and young adults with lower extremity motor deficits caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). Continue reading

March 2018

WPI researchers developing App to track and analyze chronic wounds

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received a 4-year, $1.6 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a smart phone app that will allow patients and their caregivers to track and assess chronic wounds, including… Continue reading

March 2018

EHI acquires My Foot Doctor; seeks private equity backing

Atlanta-based Extremity Healthcare Inc. (EHI) has acquired My Foot Doctor, with locations in Cleveland, Lenoir City, and Athens, Tennessee. The acquisition was made through EHI’s clinical division in Tennessee, Advanced Foot Care. Continue reading

March 2018

Open Sandals Accommodate Orthotics

Cabo Comfort Sandals specializes in open sandal, thong, and slider styles that allow the wearer to use their own orthotic inserts. The new sandals feature a pocket in the sole to fit the user’s orthotics. The patented sandals feature leather uppers and polyurethane soles… Continue reading

March 2018

AAOP headquarters move to Bethesda

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists has relocated its headquarters from Washington DC to Bethesda, Maryland, effective March 1. The address is 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 760, Bethesda, MD 20814. Telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged. Continue reading

February 2018

Therafirm/Knit-Rite receive state award

Therafirm, Hamlet, NC, and its parent company, Knit-Rite, Kansas City, KS, received North Carolina’s Top Rural Exporter Award, one of five awards sponsored by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and presented by Governor Roy Cooper at a ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion on January 31. Continue reading

February 2018

PathMaker receives funding for noninvasive device development

PathMaker Neurosystems, Boston, MA, announced it has received a funding award from the New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC) to support development of PathMaker’s MyoAmplifier™ system to treat paralysis and weakness due to damaged neuromotor pathways. Continue reading

February 2018

OIG to examine billing for OTS orthoses

The US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) will examine the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries are being supplied certain off-the-shelf orthotic devices without visiting the referring physician within 12 months prior to their orthotic. Continue reading

February 2018

FollowKnee to develop 3D-printed artificial knee joints

Brest, France-based FollowKnee has been awarded a €7.9 million grant by the French national research agency to use 3D scanning and printing techniques to create a better artificial knee joint design and develop a new approach to production. The 3D printing will be conducted by Rennes, France-based SLS, known for producing… Continue reading