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The 2020 US ISPO Pacific Rim Conference was held January 19-22, 2020 at the Sheraton Maui Resort on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii.
As part of the proceedings, US ISPO was proud to host the Hawaii movie premiere of “1500 Miles” an award-winning documentary featuring Nicole Ver Kuilen of Forrest Stump.
Red carpet scenes from the Hawaiian premiere of “1500 Miles”
Below is the article “Losing limb has even higher cost: Prosthetics and orthotics conference comes to Maui” by KEHAULANI CERIZO of The Maui News.
KAANAPALI — Losing a limb is one thing, but being crippled by insurance systems is quite another, according to athlete, amputee and advocate Nicole Ver Kuilen.
Ver Kuilen, 28, who’s known for completing a 1,500-mile West Coast triathlon a few years ago in an insurance-mandated prosthesis built only for walking, spoke last week in Kaanapali about the lack of access to proper prosthetic devices for the majority of people who need them.
“We’ve reached this point now where amputees are no longer disabled by their condition, but we’re disabled by the policies that are put in place,” she said.
Insurance policies say that having access to something waterproof is a “convenience item,” running is not “medically necessary” and having an ankle that bends is considered “vanity.” Even technology that’s been around for more than 20 years is considered “experimental,” Ver Kuilen said during her talk, “How Do We Expand Access to Prosthetic Technology From the 1 Percent to the 99 Percent?”
Ver Kuilen, who last year won her first paratriathlete national title, was among dozens of speakers at the 2020 U.S. ISPO Pacific Rim Conference for prosthetists and orthotists, technicians, orthopedic surgeons and other medical professionals, held Jan. 19 through Wednesday at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.
The award-winning short documentary on her ultratriathlon from Seattle to San Diego, “1500 Miles,” had its Hawaii premiere during the conference.
In Hawaii, lower-limb prostheses can range in price from about $9,000 to $65,000, depending on the amputation level and device design, according to Medicare estimates in a Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates of Hawaii report.
“Most private insurance will be reimbursed at a rate below that,” prosthetist and orthotist Cameron Lehrer, Oahu-based Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates of Hawaii owner, said Jan. 21 at the conference.
In fact, Hawaii is the only state where insurances do not cover microprocessor knees, which help mitigate falls for amputees, according to prosthetist Stan Patterson, another Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates of Hawaii owner.
Hawaii’s bulk of the lower-limb amputee population is those with diabetes, and the state’s incidence of diabetes is on the higher end compared with other states in the U.S., the group said. Also, Hawaii’s diabetes rates have been increasing over the last two decades.
In Hawaii hospitals, 710 amputations for various reasons were performed in 2014, according to the most recent data by the Amputee Coalition.
About 2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with limb loss and an estimated 185,000 amputations per year occur, the coalition said. This number is expected to double by 2050 due to rising diabetes and vascular disease rates.
The major causes of amputations are vascular disease (54 percent), including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease; trauma (45 percent); and cancer (less than 2 percent).
Eighteen years ago Jan. 21, Ver Kuilen, at age 10, had her leg amputated below the knee due to a rare bone cancer.
She has made it her life’s goal to expand access to prosthetic technology for all amputees and helped found Forrest Stump, a nonprofit advocacy organization with the same mission.
Ver Kuilen said during her talk that mass media has glamorized prosthetic technology, and Fortune 500 companies leverage by aligning brands with prosthetic success stories and devices. Some media reports go so far as to question whether people willingly amputate in order to gain a bionic limb.
“I mean, who here would trade any of your legs for any of the prosthetic technology you’ve seen during this conference?” she said. “There is no present technology out there today that can fully replace a human limb and it is alarming that our country is more concerned with the unfair advantage of a small amount of people than the unfair disadvantage the majority of us face on a daily basis.”
The average consumer does not realize how inaccessible and expensive prosthetic technology can be for the majority of amputees. With the exception of military individuals and Paralympic athletes, 99 percent of amputees living in the U.S. don’t get waterproof, running and other essential devices, Ver Kuilen said.
“This is not to say that the military and Paralympic athlete amputees are not deserving — they are deserving of access to prosthetic technology, but it’s the way in which our resources, our funding, our policies have been made that have perpetuated access for these select few and not granted access to the majority of amputees that are out there,” she said. “We need to focus on the real problem at hand, which is the unfair disadvantages that amputees are facing.”
* Kehaulani Cerizo can be reached at email@example.com.
The New England Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (NEAAOP) held its annual continuing education conference from October 23 – 25 2019 in Woburn, MA at the Hilton Boston Hotel.
One of the NEAAOP meeting highlights was the off-site Tech program. The course was held at FDR Prosthetics & Orthotics, the practice of NEAAOP President, Paul Harney, CO. Technicians were afforded real time lab experience with Brad Davis, CPA, CTP, the lab manager of Coyote Prosthetics & Orthotics. Coyote is a patient care facility and manufacturer based out of Boise, Idaho.
“The off-site program was a great opportunity for prosthetic technicians to participate in a meeting they normally wouldn’t attend, ” said Jennifer Fayter, Sales Director for Coyote. “The attendees were able to share experiences and learn techniques from other technicians. It was a lot of fun and the program was really well received.”
The curriculum focused on prosthetic socket fabrication using Coyote Composite, a basalt fiber woven into a proprietary braid. Seventeen attendees participated in the course. The technicians received real-time lab experience and got to “lay up” a socket using a unique product.
“Techs need to get their hands dirty, ” Fayter commented. “A proper lab is so much better than a conference center for this kind of instruction. Big thank you to Paul Harney for opening his facility to us and for organizing a great event!”For more information about Coyote Composite contact Sales Director Jennifer Fayter (Jennifer.Fayter@coyoteprosthetics.com) or call (208)429-0026 .
For a comprehensive list of orthotic and prosthetic meetings and conferences please visit the CEC Events page: http://cecpo.com/events .
The Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists headed back to the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in the ever so charming town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for the 2019 MWCAAOP Annual Meeting! Vari McPherson, CPO, MWCAAOP Board President, kicked off the event with a rousing welcome.
The event was held September 12-14, 2019 and provided over 14.25 continuing education credits for orthotists, prosthetists, pedorthists, technicians, as well as administrative and billing/reimbursement staff. Presenters from all over the United States lectured on a wide range of subjects – everything from critical Medicare updates to “Improved Clinical Outcomes with Consistent Successful Socket Fit via Full Weight Bearing Hydro-static Casting Techniques.”
Two and a half days of continuing education, golf, and of course, the Gunter Gehl Scholarship Award competition, made for a phenomenal event. Special thanks to Jerry Fenner of the Grand Geneva for providing exceptional customer service once again.
Abbey Senczyszyn was the winner of the 2019 Gunter Gehl Scholarship Award! MWCAAOP Board President Vari McPherson, CPO, presented Abbey with a check for $1,000.00. Congratulations Abbey!
Just some of the fantastic presenters…
Dennis Janisse, CPed
John Brinkmann, CPO, FAAOP
Jared Howell, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP
Steve Martin, OTR/L
Christofer Mowrer, CP
Robert Meier, CO, BOCO
Ann-Marie Rojas, MD
Brian Gustin, CP, FAAOP
Renee Lewis, BSE, CO, CPA
Noel Chladek, CO
Jenny Kent, PhD
Caitlin Deom, PT, DPT
John T. Frederick, Jr., CPO/L
Dennis Smerko, CPO
Great material! Could personally relate.presenter – john brinkmann, cpo, faaop – Using Motivational Techniques to Improve Patient Outcomes
D. Laur, co
Very pleasant and thorough.presenter – Dennis Janisse, cped – back to pedorthic basics
E. Ventrice, CPed
Can’t wait to use system. Best thing since gel liners.presenter – matt doering – Improved Clinical Outcomes with Consistent Successful Socket Fit via Full Weight Bearing Hydro-static Casting Techniques
M. raymond, cpo
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After two very successful years at the Indiana Wesleyan University Conference Centers – 2018 Louisville and 2017 Lexington – the Kentucky O&P Association switched it up and headed over to the Hyatt Regency Lexington. The meeting was held June 13-14, 2019. A great time was had by all!
8.5 credits available. Exhibit Hall Kick Off Reception Thursday night. All day sessions on Friday.
NEW FOR 2019!
6:00pm-8:00pm Welcome Reception in the Exhibitor Hall with Exhibitors!
Friday, June 14, 2019 – 7.5 credits
7:30am-8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am Welcome, Andrew Domb, CPO/L, KOPA President
8:00am-9:30am General Sessions – Medicare Success Through Education, Ashley DeCoteau, CGS, Jurisdiction B
9:30am-10:00am Functional Solutions for Partial Hand Amputations, Hannah Smith, Naked Prosthetics
10:00am-10:30am AM Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30am-12:00pm General Sessions – Creating Meaningful Lower Limb Prosthetic Outcomes: Preliminary Findings of a 12-Month Pilot, Brian Gustin, CP, Forensic Prosthetic & Orthotic Consulting Services
10:30am-12:00pm Tech Talk – Fabrication Troubleshooting, Daniel Hickey, Bulldog Tools
10:30am-12:00pm Practice Management – Preparing Your Practice for Sale, Don Hardin
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch with Exhibitors
1:00pm-2:30pm CAD/CAM Technology for Lower Limb Orthotics, Ray Speelman, CP, COF, WillowWood
1:00pm-2:30pm Lower Limb Prosthetics – Bionic Technology by Ossur!, Wayne Fichtel, CP, Ossur
2:30pm-3:00pm PM Snack Break with Exhibitors
Exhibitor Tear Down at 3:00pm
3:00pm-5:00pm All Carbon AFOs are NOT Created Equal andThe Next Generation of Carbon AFOs, Noel Chladek, CO
3:00pm-5:00pm (continued) Lower Limb Prosthetics – Bionic Technology by Ossur!, Wayne Fichtel, CP
KOPA 2019 Meeting Newsletters
The New York State Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists ( www.nysaaop.org) held their Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, May 15-17, 2019 at the Rivers Casino and Spa in Schenectady, NY.
25.5 continuing education credits were available as compared to 18.5 for 2018 and attendance was up 12%. As always, the very popular Exhibitor Theatre was held right after lunch on Thursday’s General Sessions.
One of the highlights of the meeting was the Citizens Preparedness presentation by Tech Sergeant, Matt Kassel, Army National Guard, NY Citizens Preparedness Corps and Staff Sergeant, Fernando Aguilar, Army National Guard, NY Citizens Preparedness Corp. This is a one of a kind presentation done by the New York State Army National Guard (we know because we researched whether we could have similar presentations done at other state O&P meetings.)
The meeting began at 8:00am on Wednesday, May 15th and concluded at 1:00pm on Friday, May 17th. Pedorthics, prosthetics, orthotics, practice management, billing, reimbursement and more!
The NYSAAOP will reconvene on Wednesday, May 11, 2020-Friday, May 13, 2020 at the Rivers Casino Resort and Spa. For more information, check out the chapter page at www.nysaaop.org
The Texas Association of Orthotists & Prosthetists held their annual meeting at the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country, April 10th through the 13th, 2019. There were about 100 attendees and over forty exhibitors. The majority of practitioners were CP’s, CO’s, and CPO’s, and came from as far away as Florida.
The big story to come out of the meeting was the 50-1 vote to combine the TAOP and the TCAAOP. Letter from the Presidents of both boards. The new organization will be called the Texas Society of Orthotic and Prosthetic Professionals (TSOPP). The Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists will vote in August to finalize the merger.
“The merger has a lot of forward momentum and will be great for orthotic and prosthetic practitioners in Texas, ” said Elizabeth Mansfield, TAOP Administrative Secretary. “I can’t wait, I’m so excited.”
The content at this year’s conference was as well received as the results of the business meeting. “We really had outstanding presentations this year, ” said Chad Wallace, TAOP President, “Alicia White, PT was our keynote speaker and she really did an outstanding job.”
Some quotes from the course evaluations:
The top presenters were:
The exhibitors had a lot of good things to say about the event:
The food at the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country was outstanding and deserves mention. Check out the deserts…
In all likelihood this was the final TAOP meeting. But next year will be the first TSOPP meeting. One chapter ends and another begins. The combined knowledge, resources, and personalities of both the TAOP and the TCAAOP should make for a memorable conference. See you next year, we are looking forward to it.