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COVER STORY By Lia Dangelico T he end of the year is a time of reflection for many. Practitioners may recall patient milestones, reimbursement challenges, staff and management changes, and other memorable moments. As the New Year looms just weeks away, practitioners should take time now to consider how they can expand their reach of care to improve patient outcomes and deepen skill sets in the months ahead. While there is much to be said for specialties and expertise in health care, practitioners should do more than jump to a referral when faced with a challenge that seems outside the realm of traditional O&P practices. Practitioners who educate themselves on issues relating to pharmacology, skin care, and weight and health management may be able to offer information to patients that will ultimately benefit their O&P care. DECEMBER 2013 O&P Almanac 17

December 2013 Almanac

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