Upheavals in health care will have a profound impact on O&P providers, according to this article, which lists the five most important issues facing the industry. The most dominant is Recovery Audit Contractor audits, which are expected to increase and evolve. Other issues that will affect O&P in the coming year include: competitive bidding; unanswered questions about the Affordable Care Act, as well as the need for small businesses to provide health insurance to workers; technological advancements; and practice consolidations.
The issue of phantom limb pain was the subject of an episode of the television series "Grey’s Anatomy," as the character Dr. Arizona Robbins coped with the aftermath of her leg amputation. While the character is fictional, she is dealing with a very real problem, writes author Dr. Michele R. Berman.
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics opens its global conference in Hyderabad, India, on Feb. 7. The ISPO World Congress is the first to be held in India and South Asia, and organizers expect more than 1,000 delegates from 84 countries. Changing demographics, lifestyle-generated disorders and other factors are creating growing demand for O&P professionals, said ISPO President Jan H.B. Geertzan.
Using medical-grade maggots to clean dead tissue from hard-to-heal wounds can help prevent amputation, according to a doctor in Branson, Mo., who said, “They clean the wounds by dissolving dead and infected tissue, they disinfect the wound and they speed up the rate of healing. They ... help bring blood supply to the surface, allowing for new cell growth.”
CoDa Therapeutics announced that its experimental drug Nexagon to treat chronic venous leg ulcers performed well in midstage clinical trials. The therapy aims to heal wounds faster and increase the incidence of wound healing compared with existing treatment options.