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January 2012

PAL Health manufacturing goes mobile with tablet technology

Pekin, IL-based PAL Health Technologies reports that taking its fabrication management mobile has resulted in a 13% increase in productivity and 2% reduction in internal product rejects after six months. PAL Health’s production data software for Apple’s iPad allows managers … Continue reading

January 2012

OPAF clinics get O&P patients moving

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) has signed two significant 2012 sponsors for its First Clinic series of no-cost, introductory adaptive recreational clinics for individuals served by the O&P community. Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification International has upped … Continue reading

January 2012

New CPT codes relate to Dermagraft

The American Medical Association (AMA) has assigned two new procedure codes for the application of living skin cell product Dermagraft, according to Westport, CT-based  manufacturer Advanced BioHealing. Dermagraft is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for up to … Continue reading

January 2012

Pedors Shoes wins PFA award

The Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) presented Marietta, GA-based Pedors Shoes with the Pedorthic Footwear Vendor/ Manufacturer of the Year award at its 2011 symposium, held last November in Albuquerque, NM. The PFA’s annual award goes to a company the association’s … Continue reading

January 2012

KineMedics inks deal to distribute AFX foot-ankle strengthening system

Ottawa, Ontario-based Kine­Medics has signed a deal with another Canadian company, Port Moody, BC-based Progressive Health Innovations (PHI) to distribute PHI’s AFX (Ankle Foot Maximizer), a strengthening system for the ankle and foot complex. The AFX system’s variety of resistance … Continue reading

January 2012

PT foundation funds scholarship, signs DJO Global as research partner

The Alexandria, VA-based Foundation for Physical Therapy granted several awards in December. Two physical therapists each received $40,000 research grants and three won $5000 each as recipients of the Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. Kristin … Continue reading

January 2012

IOC names Oslo as site of fourth Advanced Team Physician Course

The International Olympic Committee’s fourth Advanced Team Physician Course is scheduled for May 30-June 1 at the Soria Moria Hotel in Oslo, Norway. The course, geared toward the practical issues of working with high-level athletes in a team sports setting, … Continue reading

January 2012

RehabTech Asia will debut in 2013

RehabTech Asia is the region’s only trade gathering for the assistive technology, integrated care, and rehabilitation engineering industries. The inaugural event, which includes a trade exhibition, conference, hosted buyer program, and business forums, is scheduled for February 27-March 31, 2013 … Continue reading

January 2012

AOPA hosts 2012 audio conferences

Practitioners who want to learn the latest in O&P and earn CE credits can dial in to the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s (AOPA) telephone seminars the second Wednesday of each month at 1 pm EST. Practitioners can receive 1.5 … Continue reading

January 2012

COPA reprises educational event

The California Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (COPA) will hold its second annual COPA Educational Event on Friday, March 2, at California State University, Dominguez Hills’s O&P Program in Long Beach. The one-day event will include three concurrent tracks: a prosthetic … Continue reading

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