Like many areas within the convoluted world of health care, the orthotics and prosthetics industry faced changing regulations. And its patients felt the brunt of it. For people with limb loss, these changes sparked a need for better medical documentation.
In 2012, John Horne, president of Independence Prosthetics-Orthotics Inc., approached the University of Delaware’s Department of Physical Therapy with a proposal to establish a multi-disciplinary amputee clinic with hopes of improving the documentation process.
After months of vetting regulatory rules and relevant research, Tara Jo Manal, director of the Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic, introduced Horne to assistant professor Meg Sions. With input from Manal, Sions developed prosthetic evaluations to document medical necessity for those struggling to get their prosthetic limb covered by insurance.
Not only did they create a place for amputees but one that went above and beyond. “What Meg and Tara developed is by far the most comprehensive amputee clinic in the United States,” said Horne. Read the full article on UDaily.