How to Choose Your Orthotic and Prosthetic Provider
There are many different factors which must be taken into consideration when choosing an orthotic or prosthetic provider. You must choose a practitioner who will best be able to meet you or your child's individual orthotic and or prosthetic needs. You must make the choice which is best for you. Below are a few guidelines to help you make an informed decision regarding your orthotic or prosthetic care.
Is the practitoner American Board Certified
in his or her field? Because the professions of prosthetics and orthotics are not licensed in most states and have only been recently licensed in Texas (meaning that anyone regardless of training, education or skill can practice these disciplines), ABC certification acts as a safeguard to ensure that you receive care from an individual who has met demanding established standards.
2. Are you comfortable with your practitioner? Does he or she answer your questions clearly and in terms you can understand? It is important you answer yes to both these questions. The relationship which you establish with your practitioner can be vital to the success of your orthotic or prosthetic regimen.
3. Does the practitioner have a working relationship with your physician? If not, are they willing to establish one in the future if the need should arrive?
4. Is the practitioner's office staff informed, helpful and friendly? Are they willing to explain office and or billing procedures in order to help you understand your financial responsibility?
5. Does the practitioner accept your insurance? If not, is he or she willing to work out a payment schedule for you?
Hopefully, you will be able to answer "yes" to all of the above questions. While none of them are set in stone as requirements for your practitioner, it is our hope that they provide you with guidelines that will allow you to choose a practitioner suitable to your needs.