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Limb Loss Awareness Month

Apr. 1, 2014 - April is National Limb Loss Awareness Month and Governor John Kasich has added his support for Ohio as well through a resolution urging the recognition of amputees living full and productive lives and the professionals and care givers who support their efforts at mobility and overcoming their disabilities.

There are approximately 2 million Americans living with limb loss currently and over 500 people lose a limb each day in the U.S. Those figures are expected to double by 2050. Although around 1,000 infants are born each year with congenital limb loss or difference, studies indicate that about 60% of all limb loss is preventable as the leading causes of limb loss are diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.

Regardless of the the cause, Ohio's O&P professionals help restore a person's basic motor skills, mobility, and independence through quality care and devices customized for each unique patient. We hope you'll join us by showing your support for both practitioners and patients alike throughout April and beyond.

Represent!

Mar. 18, 2014 - Another O&P Practitioner seat "times out" near the end of this year, as does the Consumer member's spot. - Bill Neu, LPO and Robert Reed, Consumer Member will have served for two consecutive terms. We are aware of an applicant for the Consumer position, but the process is still open to those who may be willing and interested in serving on the Board.

Terms are for three years and an initial term is subject to re-appointment at the discretion of the Governor.

Active, informed and committed-to-service licensees and consumers are encouraged to consider the leadership opportunity. Contact the Board office for further information, or submit your application directly to the Governor's office.

Veterans' Civilian Re-Entry - Compliance with Am. Sub. House Bill 98

Active Military / Veteran / Spouse rule package approved for filing, hearing.

WHAT WE’RE DOING AND WHY

1. Rule Promulgation in compliance with the requirements of Am. Sub. HB 98 of the 130th General Assembly and in compliance with Executive Order 2013-05K and directives/ recommendations issued thereto.

2. Promoting opportunities for and inclusion of veterans and their spouses in the planning and execution of occupational licensing functions of administrative and regulatory agencies.

3. Providing “one-stop guidance” for veterans seeking entrance to or continuation of service in the professions regulated by this Board.

To read the exact language of the rule proposals and the documentation supporting, please click to the “Rules Pending Review” tab on the website, or go to the page on The Register of Ohio.

Public Hearing Notice -- April 23, 2014, 10:00 A.M.

Three rules - click rule number to access rule language, fiscal analysis.   Three Rules.

Business Impact Analysis.  BIA.   

To comment, send an email or a fax, subject line: Veterans Employment, or download a Stakeholder Response Form here

Check back here for updates as the process moves forward. 

Board Approves Statement on CMS’ OTS Orthotics Designations

For the past several years, the Board has offered written guidance and a protocol rubric to the OPP licensee and DME provider communities regarding the Ohio standards for determination of Orthotic devices requiring or not requiring licensed dispensation in compliance with Revised Code Chapter 4779.  Recognizing that recent changes in language and policy pushed out by CMS’ DMEPOS regulator is causing some confusion in the provider community regarding the effect of those changes in Ohio, the Board approved a statement of clarification in this regard.

In summary:  “Ohio regulatory language does not align exactly with federal language, and the Ohio Board has determined that devices marketed and reimbursed under many of the HCPCS codes referenced in CMS’ action meet the requirements of custom fit devices and do not meet the Ohio definition of a device requiring ‘minimal fitting.’”

 

 

To read the full statement, click through to the DME Providers tab or use the link above.

Legislative Alert

Bill to Exempt Diabetic Therapeutic Shoe Fitters Moves to Senate

House Bill 326 seeks to fully exempt diabetic therapeutic shoe fitting from the scope of regulated Orthotic and Pedorthic services.  While it sets forth certain baseline standards for persons providing the service, it would remove this Board’s authority to assure minimum standards are observed and would open up the service to anyone who has taken a 20-hour manufacturer’s training course.   The Board has approved a Position Paper as regards the proposal, click the link to download.

Among the points made:

- Diabetic therapeutic shoes are the first line of device-related defense against diabetes-related lower extremity amputations

- The bill, requiring only 20 hours of all-online training, would provide diabetic patients with less protection than customers of Ohio nail salons.  Manicurists undergo 200 hours of education and training.

Licensees and stakeholders are encouraged to contact the bill sponsors and Senate Commerce and Labor Committee members, and their own state representatives and senators at the following links:

House:       http://www.ohiohouse.gov/          or call 1-800-282-0253

Senate:      http://www.ohiosenate.gov/senate/index  or call 1-800-282-0253

Board Welcomes New Member, J. Hagman

Feb. 11, 2014 - Jeffrey A. Hagman, licensed and ABC-Certified in Prosthetics, was appointed to the State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics for a term beginning February 11, 2014, and ending December 6, 2016, by Governor John Kasich. Last year, Jeff opened his own prosthetics practice in the Cleveland area: Bright Prosthetics Inc.

Mr. Hagman earned a BA Degree in Marketing from the University of Toledo and did his post-graduate Certificate Program work at Eastern Michigan University. His early training and residency was gained at Perry Prosthetics in the Toledo area, where he worked his way up from a technician to the Lead Prosthetist position. Mr. Hagman is dedicated to his patients and works to provide superior prosthetic care by continually looking for ways to improve prosthetic care for his patients. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his spouse Kristen and his two young children. Mr. Hagman also enjoys hiking and racing sailboats whenever time allows.

“I’m grateful to have received the Governor’s endorsement for this position. Ever since starting my prosthetics career, I knew that someday I would get involved at a higher level and contribute time back to our profession. Just as I focus on excellence in patient care in my prosthetics practice, I hope to help promote excellence and attention to patient care within our profession through my service on the Board.”

Kasich Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Stop Human Trafficking

Jan. 9, 2014 - Today, Gov. John Kasich kicked off a new public awareness campaign to ramp-up Ohio’s ongoing fight against human trafficking, the illegal trade of people for commercial sex or forced labor exploitation that enslaves approximately 1,000 Ohioans every year.  The new campaign, led by the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, gives Ohioans new resources for how they can personally help combat the problem by reporting suspicious activity.  It also is aimed at connecting with trafficking victims themselves, with outreach materials in places where they are likely to see them, such as public transit sites and highway rest areas. Details of the campaign can be found here: HumanTrafficking.Ohio.Gov

Human trafficking – the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor – is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. Each year an estimated 1,078 Ohio children become victims of human trafficking and 3,016 more are at-risk for exploitation.

Everyone has a role in ending Human Trafficking. Click here to learn more.

Board Welcomes New Member, T. Daulton

Dec. 2, 2013 - Tamara Daulton, LPED, Licensed and ABC Certified in Pedorthics, was appointed to the State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics for a term beginning December 2, 2013, and ending December 6, 2015, by Governor John Kasich.  Employed at BioWorks in Southwest Ohio, Ms. Daulton also serves on the Board of the Pedorthic Footcare Association, and has presented at numerous PFA Symposia.

She earned a BS Degree in Education, emphasis in Athletic Training, from the University of Akron in 1996 and has been employed in the field since 1997.  She received her Pre-Certification Eduation at Northwestern University, and has been certified since 2003; licensed since 2004.

“I now feel it is time to expand my professional and leadership responsibilities at the state level, and improve both the recognition and efficacy of pedorthics within my home state,” Ms. Daulton said.  “I appreciate the opportunity provided by my appointment.”

Ohio OPP Board In The News

Nov. 21, 2013 - The State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics is recognized along with other Ohio cabinet agencies for its 2013 spending with qualified Minority Business Enterprises. The OPP Board spent 23.85% of its eligible operating budget with minority-owned businesses, exceeding the state's 15% goal.

Minority Businesses Have More Opportunities Than Ever Before

Practice Act Review Ongoing

The Board has initiated a proposal and discussion process to outline and identify changes required for the Practice Act to maintain currency with national standards, and to adopt changes long requested by the practitioner community. Among the issues the Board hopes to address through review, revision and legislative process are:

  • Update licensing standards language to conform to current and developing national credentialing benchmarks
  • Extending licensure to fitters and assistants and provide for a process to address DMEPOS competitive bidding with regard to the OTS/OTC-approved prefabricated devices
  • Grant the Board subpoena power to investigate allegations of unlicensed practice
  • Provide confidentiality in the complaint process
  • Make Continuing Education accrual standards subject to the Board's rulemaking authority so as to allow greater conformity with national credentialing requirements
  • Provide an 'escrowed' or inactive license status under certain conditions

 

To review language under consideration and provide comment to the Board in this regard, email the Board office.

Register for Free Continuing Education!

Researchers at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have announced a new online, continuing education opportunity for all certified orthotists and prosthetists in the United States. Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, (Clinical Research Scientist, CROR, RIC) presents a free, educational module entitled Quality Improvement: What Is It and How Do We Use It?  This 15-minute presentation has been approved by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) for 0.5 continuing education credit.

If you would like to register for the free 0.5 Continuing Education credit please contact Lauri Connelly, Clinical Research Coordinator by email or call (312) 238-1405.

The State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
Mark B. Levy, Director
77 S. High St., 18th Floor  •  Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Tel: (614) 466-1157   •  Fax: (614) 387-7347   •  Email Us