Continuing Education

All courses are one hour and provide one contact hour CEU for New York PT's, PTA's, OT's, and COTA's. All courses are available for inservice. To request an inservice at your facility or office please call 631-563-4550 or email us at v.acosta.ipo@optimum.net. Kindly provide at least one week notice. For rehabilitation professionals without the ability to host an inservice, classes are available by request at our Bohemia Office for groups of 5 or more.

Introduction to Lower Limb Prosthetics

This course covers working with a new lower limb amputee from the point of view of a therapist in a skilled nursing environment. This course covers initial evaluations, edema control and limb shaping, contracture management, prosthetic terminology and components, diagnostic fittings, lower limb prosthetic troubleshooting, and CMS Medicare/Meidcaid prescription criteria. Both Transtibial and Transfemoral cases are covered. The goals are to provide therapists with the basic knowledge needed to efficiently rehabilitate their prosthetic patients, work in collaboration with the prosthetist, and maximize patient outcomes.

Introduction to Lower Limb Orthotics

This course covers lower extremity orthotic intervention for Post CVA patients or patients with similar presentations. The course includes an overview of lower limb orthotic devices, including various types of Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO's) and Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFO's), as well as indications and contraindications for each. CMS Medicare/Medicaid prescription criteria is covered as well. The goal is to provide the basic knowledge needed to identify patients who might benefit from orthotic intervention and to gain a working understanding of how each should be managed. 

CMS Medicare/Medicaid Documentation

This course covers the current CMS Medicare/Medicaid (NYS) rules for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics and Orthotics Suppliers (DMEPOS) and how those rules impact patient care in a skilled nursing facility. Special focus is given to proper documentation practices and CMS rules regarding prescription criteria and delivery criteria. Evaluation notes, progress notes, and device orders are covered in detail. The goals are to provide the knowledge needed to properly conform to CMS guidelines regarding documentation, to prevent denials, and to ensure patients get the devices they need to complete their rehabilitation.

Upper Extremity Prosthetics

This course provides an overview of working with a new upper extremity amputee in a Skilled Nursing Facility. This course includes hands on demostrations of both body powered and myoelectric upper extremity prosthetic systems to help therapists become more familiar with current prosthetic technology. The goal is to provide a demonstration of the types of upper extremity prosthetic devices which are used today and to provide a basic understanding of the indications and contraindications of each.

Custom Course Material

In addition to these courses, custom courses of prosthetic and/or orthotic material not seen here can be put together by request to best suit the educational needs of a specific facility. Educational outreach is an important part of the rehabilitation profession and we are glad to answer any questions you might have regarding prosthetic and orthotic care. Please feel free to contact us at v.acosta.ipo@optimum.net or call us at 631-563-4550.

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