When we say we listen it's not just us adding text on our website!
Working with the Cunningham Prosthetic Care team:
We listen: It is our job is to address your concerns, and your job is to bring those concerns to our attention. The Cunningham Prosthetic Care team understands that the lost art of listening is key to creating positive outcomes.
We’re here for you: Be sure to contact us right away when any concerns arise. Any issues with comfort or function should be addressed in a timely manner so you can get the most benefit out of your prosthetic or orthotic technology.
Stay connected: Be sure to schedule a courtesy “check up visit” with us every few months, even if you are not having issues. Office visits are offered at no cost. You're a part of the family; do not go too long between visits.
Speak up: Ask as many questions as possible so you understand the functioning of your prosthetic system and the recommendations your prosthetist/orthotist is making.
It’s all about YOU: Remember that ultimately YOU must make your own medical decisions. Our clinicians will offer informed recommendations, but you are ultimately in charge of your own care.
New Patient Intake Form
New patients: It is helpful if you arrive 15 minutes early for your initial appointment to complete your intake paperwork. Feel free to save time and print/complete the intake form to bring to your first appointment (you can email it as well to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to: 207-558-6102). We are happy and excited to welcome you and your family to our Cunningham Prosthetic Care family!
Understanding insurance coverage can be complicated so be sure to ask questions. The team at Cunningham Prosthetic Care are happy to offer courtesy benefit checks to determine your insurance coverage. Check out these resources for insurance coverage details:
Amputee Coalition Financial Assistance Fact Sheet
Amputee Coalition Letter for Medicare Coverage
Prosthetic devices and supplies are billed at the time of delivery, covered under the durable medical equipment (DME) portion of your insurance plan. Most insurances require a deductible and / or coinsurance due, unless a secondary insurance pays the remainder. Financing options are available for those who qualify. Please note that some insurance plans do not pay for advanced prosthetic technologies.
As a Medicare provider, we offer Medicare patients the Medicare Supplier Standards.
Qualifications for O&P Care Providers
O&P care is often confused with durable medical equipment (“DME”) but the two fields are actually very different. O&P care is highly clinical and service-oriented, requiring a high level of education, training, and skill. All prosthetics and most orthotics are designed, fabricated and fit to meet the unique needs of O&P patients. This level of customization is very different from the field DME. Quality orthotic and prosthetic care is practiced by qualified professionals. A certified orthotist or prosthetist must meet the following criteria:
- Baccalaureate degree in orthotics or prosthetics from an accredited education institution, or Baccalaureate degree and post-Baccalaureate certificate program in orthotics or prosthetics accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and state licensure, if appropriate;
- O&P education is transitioning toward a Master’s Degree requirement
- Five programs already require a Master’s Degree
- One-year clinical residency program under a duly certified professional in each specific discipline of study at a residency site accredited by the National Commission of Orthotic and Prosthetic Education;
- Completion of a series of national certification examinations; and
- Mandatory continuing education for certification (orthotists and prosthetists must obtain 75 continuing education units (CEUs) every five years to maintain their board certification).
Members of the O&P profession play an important role in returning people to functional, fulfilling lives through the services they provide. Their specialized care is unique beyond the service aspect, in that the devices provided become a vital part of the patient’s ability to remain functional and independent on a daily basis. Orthotists and prosthetists work closely with physicians boarded in physiatry, family practice, pediatrics, neurology, and endocrinology as well as orthopedic, plastic, and vascular surgeons. Other members of the rehabilitation team include physical therapists, occupational therapists and other providers of care.
The orthotist or prosthetist remains involved throughout the rehabilitation process with necessary follow up visits for patient training in the proper use of the device or for adjustments to the O&P device as the patient’s condition changes. Modifications to the orthosis/prosthesis are often necessary with all patients but are usually more frequent with new patients as physiological changes can occur rapidly. This post-fitting care enhances the potential for patients to function at their highest possible level on an ongoing basis by ensuring that prostheses and orthoses are continually adapted to meet the changing functional and clinical needs of patients as they progress through rehabilitation and, ultimately, through life.