Special Events

Time Program Code Thursday, March 2
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SE1 Special Event
Approved Clinical Mentor (ACM) Course
Sponsored by: NCOPE
The Approved Clinical Mentor (ACM) course is a comprehensive course that provides clinicians with the skills and information necessary to more effectively teach and mentor students in the context of a residency program or educational program. If you are a certified and/or licensed clinician and residency director, mentor, or educator, this course is for you.
12:20 PM - 1:50 PM SE2 Special Event
Clinical Learning and Research Opportunities in Elite Athletes and Paralympians
Jared Howell, MS, CPO, FAAOP; Alena Grabowski, PhD; Cathy Sellars; Francois Van DerWatt, CPO
Prominent researchers, clinicians, coaches, and athletes run tests, gather data, and debate how to make our men and women faster and more competitive.
Time Program Code Friday, March 3
10:35 AM - 12:35 PM SE3 Special Event
Changes for the Future on Resident Patient Encounter Tracker
Paul Prusakowski, CPO/L, FAAOP
Sponsored by: NCOPE
Come learn how utilizing OPIE will increase resident/mentor/patient encounter accuracy and accountability. The data received through OPIE will reflect a more accurate and real time picture of what the resident sees in the clinical practice. We will also share a process/template for residency programs that do not utilize OPIE.
10:35 AM - 12:10 PM SE4 Special Event
NU-FlexSIV Socket Course
Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons); Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, FAAOP
Using a combination of lectures and live demonstrations with a patient model, this course will introduce certified prosthetists to the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket technique. Course participants will be introduced to the fundamentals, fabrication, and fitting of this sub-ischial socket and vacuum technology. The course is designed for certified prosthetists with experience fitting persons with transfemoral amputation. Development of the NU-FlexSIV Socket was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. Course is limited to 40 attendees.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM SE5 Special Event
2017: Compliance and ABC Accreditation Best Business Practices
Jim Lawson
Sponsored by ABC
Learn and discuss best business practices and ways to help your facility be compliant with the ABC accreditation standards. We’ll discuss ABC’s extensive set of accreditation tools and resources to help you become and remain the best business you can be.
3:35 PM - 5:05 PM SE6 Special Event
NU-FlexSIV Socket Course
Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons); Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, FAAOP
Using a combination of lectures and live demonstrations with a patient model, this course will introduce certified prosthetists to the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum (NU-FlexSIV) Socket technique. Course participants will be introduced to the fundamentals, fabrication, and fitting of this sub-ischial socket and vacuum technology. The course is designed for certified prosthetists with experience fitting persons with transfemoral amputation. Development of the NU-FlexSIV Socket was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. Course is limited to 40 attendees.
  SE7 Special Event
Future Political Climate for Healthcare
Jared Howell, MS, CPO, FAAOP; Mac McClellan, CPO, FAAOP(D)
Discuss the current political climate as it relates to healthcare and the potential impact on the O&P profession.
Time Program Code Saturday, March 4
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM SE8 Special Event
DME CERT Task Force – The CERT Audit Environment
Michelle Wullstein; Nina Gregory; Michael Hanna; Colleen Harryman
Join the DME CERT Outreach and Education Task Force representatives for a session on the current CERT audit environment. The session will begin with an overview of the CERT process then panelists will turn their attention to the most common CERT errors for orthotic and prosthetic categories. These errors will be paralleled with Medicare requirements so suppliers can have a reference point. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience at the conclusion of the presentation.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM SE9 Special Event
O&P Advocacy: Effective Strategies for State and Federal Issues
Richard W. Miller, CO, FAAOP; Terri Kuffel, Esq.
Want to help your patients beyond the exam room? Could your State organization benefit from some lessons learned in other regions? How does one go about lobbying Congress, or even your city council for that matter? This interactive session is presented by those who have been engaged for the past several years in achieving passage of O&P Licensure in Minnesota. They have also participated in numerous Policy Forum sessions in Washington D.C. and have effectively addressed other issues that deal with O&P in the political and policy realm. Be prepared to share your successes (and failures) and let’s learn from each other’s experience in the ever-changing political landscape!
1:10 PM - 2:40 PM SE10 Special Event
The Future of Big Data for O&P Clinical Practice
Christopher Robinson, MS, MBA, CPO, ATC, FAAOP(D); Paul Pruskowski, CPO, LPO, FAAOP; Michael Oros, CPO, FAAOP; Jim Campbell, PhD, CO, FAAOP; Jim Wynne, CPO, FAAOP
As the business of healthcare continues to evolve, transparency and data-based decision-making are quickly becoming the norm. O&P clinical practices need to recognize the value and significance of leveraging big data for clinical and administrative decisions. Take a glimpse into the future of data-driven healthcare and how clinicians and administrators are using it to positively impact practice.
  SE11 Special Event
Motivational Interviewing Skills (MI) for O&P Practice
Beth H. Garland, PhD; Tyler DeLeo
MI is an empirically-supported goal-oriented approach to communication skills that facilitate and engage the client’s intrinsic motivation to change health behaviors. MI elicits behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve their reluctance or ambivalence. The session provides an introduction to and sample of the value of MI to O&P practice.

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