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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

February 2018

Agility Health to sell US assets

Agility Health Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, has agreed to sell 100% of its US-based assets to Alliance Physical Therapy Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, Tampa, FL, a portfolio company of New York-based asset management firm GPB Capital Holdings. Continue reading

February 2018

Legislation: O&P clinician notes

The clinical notes of orthotists and prosthetists will again be recognized as part of a patient’s medical record to determine reasonable and medical necessity of O&P devices—a change that was included in the bipartisan Continuing Resolution passed by Congress February 9. Continue reading

February 2018

DJO to pay $7.62 million for subsidiary’s “assumptive selling”

DJO Global (DJO), Vista, CA, has agreed to pay $7.62 million to resolve allegations that its now-defunct subsidiary, Empi, Shoreview, MN, submitted false claims to TRICARE for excessive, unnecessary transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) electrodes that TRICARE beneficiaries did not need or use. Continue reading

February 2018

APTA courses included in aPTitude CE resource

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) have partnered to bring APTA’s Learning Center continuing education offerings to FSBPT’s online system, aPTitude. The site allows physical therapists (PT) and PT assistants to… Continue reading

February 2018

PT licensure compact to begin mid-2018

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has set mid-2018 as the go-live date for the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, an agreement among member states to improve access to physical therapy (PT) services by increasing the ability of eligible providers to work in… Continue reading

February 2018

AAOS welcomes chief education strategist

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has appointed Anna Salt Troise as its new chief education strategist. In this role, Troise will direct all AAOS education and peer-reviewed publishing activities, as well as its newly implemented strategy.

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February 2018

Podiatric coding expert Harry Goldsmith dies

Harry Goldsmith, DPM, a noted coding expert and consultant to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Health Policy and Practice department, died February 7. Goldsmith was instrumental in the development of the APMA Coding Resource Center, among other efforts that supported the APMA.

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February 2018

PTAG honors legislator

The Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) honored Senator Fran Millar (R-GA) with its Legislator of the Year Award on February 13 for his work to ensure all Georgians have access to physical therapy, reported Dunwoody, GA-based The Crier.

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February 2018

Fashion and inspiration for women

Trend-able.com, a fashion and lifestyle website that seeks to help women who have physical disabilities that require leg braces, orthotic or prosthetic devices or other devices such as for balance and walking to look and feel their best, is a free resource for patients, orthotists and prosthetists… Continue reading

January 2018

Robb Appointed Ortho­pedic Director, CMO of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI), which has 20 locations across Chicago and Northern Illinois, has appointed William J. Robb, III, MD, as Orthopedic Director, Chief Medical Officer. Robb joined IBJI in 1995 and has 40 years of surgical experience, specializing in adult knee disorders Continue reading

January 2018

Select Physical Therapy Opens New Maine Location

Select Physical Therapy, a division of Select Medical, announced the grand opening of a new outpatient physical therapy center, located at 176 Livermore Falls Road, Unit 1, Farmington, ME. Sean Shields, PT, DPT, OCS, has been appointed center manager. Continue reading

January 2018

AOTA Seeking Executive Director

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is accepting nominations and applications for its executive director position, located in Bethesda, MD. Korn Ferry, an executive search and recruiting firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, is assisting with the search.

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January 2018

Recipients of DJO products notified of potential data breach

San Diego-based DJO Global recently announced that the company discovered an incident involving the potential disclosure of certain personal information of patients who received a DJO Global product while being treated in the emergency room, same-day… Continue reading

January 2018

Costello Named GW’s PT Program Director

Ellen Costello, PT, PhD, has been named Director of the Physical Therapy (PT) Program in the Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Continue reading

January 2018

Online Tool Guides Joint Replacement Decisions in OA Sufferers

A web-based tool developed at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School helps patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip decide whether and when to proceed with total joint replacement surgery by comparing the individual’s pain and… Continue reading

January 2018

AAOS Approves Diagnostic, Treatment Criteria for Hip OA

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently approved new Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip. AUCs provide clinicians with algorithms on how to optimally treat an orthopedic injury or condition, including… Continue reading

January 2018

ProEx PT Acquires Competitive Edge PT

ProEx Physical Therapy, headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, has acquired Competitive Edge Physical Therapy, Norwell, MA. Paul Amorosino, PT, MSPT, OMT, owner of Competitive Edge, has joined the ProEx team as clinical director of the Norwell location Continue reading

January 2018

FDA Approves Marketing of Device to Treat DFUs

In December 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of Sanuwave’s dermaPACE System, the first shock-wave device to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). The system uses externally applied energy pulses, similar to sound waves, to… Continue reading