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April 24, 2017 #5,911 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL RESULTS
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Peripheral Neuropathy is Most Common Problem in Diabetics: MO Podiatrist
 
The most common foot problem if you have diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, a disorder of the nerves. Doctors believe the biggest culprit is poor blood sugar control over time. “I tell patients that it’s as if their nerves have been short-circuited and nerve signals can’t get down to the feet,” says Dr. R. Randal Aaranson, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Orthopedic Associates in St. Louis. Neuropathy can affect other parts of your body, including your legs, hands and arms, but it’s most common in the feet.
 
Dr. R. Randal Aaranson
 
Aaranson recommends wearing durable shoes at all times – even at your house. “I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen step on thumbtacks and nails at home,” Aaranson says. Wear shoes in outdoor settings where your friends may go barefoot, including the beach. Hot sand and seashells could cause an injury, and you wouldn’t know it.
 
Source: Vanessa Caceres, US News & World Report [4/20/17] 
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Small Town Practice Can Provide Big City Services: MI Podiatrist
 
When Dr. Trevor Neal started practicing podiatry in Sturgis, the patient files could fit inside a milk crate. Today, Advanas Foot & Ankle Specialists, the practice he built, employs five doctors and has six locations in Michigan and Indiana. For Neal and his practice, it is about providing patients big-city levels of service in a small town atmosphere. Dr. Neal and his team take care to ensure the small-town, personal feel of their offices, despite the number of locations and doctors. "I try to have it so that there are only one or two physicians at each location,” Neal said. “(Patients) get comfortable with one doctor, so we try to have only one or two at each location."
 
Dr. Trevor Neal
 
An advantage of the size of the practice is being able to provide services a solo physician would not be able to do, with equipment that would not be affordable for a solo practice, Neal said. Indeed for some of the services they provide and the equipment they have available, patients would need to go to Grand Rapids or Indianapolis to find a group to have access to the same level of service. “People get a false impression that if you go to a bigger city, you are going to get better treatment,” Neal said.
 
Source: Sturgis Journal [4/19/17]
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PODIATRISTS AND HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS
CA Podiatrist Makes 6th Surgical Trip to Nepal
 
Dr. Jennifer A. D’Amico, assistant professor at Western University of Health Sciences - College of Podiatric Medicine, led an inter-professional team to Kathmandu, Nepal from April 3rd to April 8th, in a trip sponsored by the Southern California chapter of Healing the Children. Together, the team screened over 115 patients in total, performing surgery on 19 patients, providing orthoses and prosthetics to 10 patients, and intra-articular injections on 10 patients. Surgical procedures ranged from post-traumatic fusions to bunions to congenital deformity corrections. 
 
Healing the Children Southern California in Nepal Orthopedic Hospital Conference Room, Kathmandu, Nepal
 
The team provided much needed care to the local Nepali people, as well as advanced surgical training to the doctors at Nepal Orthopedic Hospital. This marks Dr. D’Amico’s sixth surgical trip in the last seven years. 
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ON THE LECTURE CIRCUIT
AZ Podiatrist Lectures at Wearable Robotics Symposium
 
Human exoskeletons, brain computer interfaces, bluetooth-connected blood vessels. These all sound like science fiction, but they’re part of a very near future where the line is blurred between human and machine. David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona spoke of his teams work in exoskeletons, and intelligent textiles as well as novel new work on connected implantables at the Wearable Robotics Conference (WeaRACon17) in Phoenix
 
Kevin Carroll and Dr. David Armstrong 
 
The lecture Armstrong gave, which focused on his team’s efforts to stem the tide of wounds and amputations in people with diabetes, was paired with another rousing lecture by world-renowned prosthetist Kevin Carroll, most famous for being the inspiration for the character played by Morgan Freeman in the feature film Dolphin Tale.
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FROM PM's RECENT ISSUE
Twice a week, PM News posts an entire article from a recent issue of our partner, Podiatry Management Magazine. Please note that the views expressed in Podiatry Management Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of PM News or Barry Block.
 
Today's featured article
 
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
The United Airlines Debacle: 4 Lessons for Doctors - Part 1
 
Here are a few morals of the story for all of you out there who wonder how this could ever happen to you:
 
1. You are always on camera. I'd wager that almost every single adult who walks into your practice has a cell phone with the ability to record your worst misdeeds. Let's say you try to throw out an unruly patient — well the patient could record you trying to throw them out. Maybe it's unfair if there is no context, but if people see you acting poorly, they won't care. You tried to throw out someone who was sick. You'll be the villain. 
 
Source: Gabriel Perna, Physicians Practice [4/11/17]
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Servicing for MicroVas Unit
 
I have a MicroVas unit and it needs some servicing. Does anyone have a contact number for the company that makes MicroVas?  
 
Wm. Barry Turner, BSN, DPM
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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Elliot Udell, DPM
 
Many doctors and dentists penalize patients for missing appointments irrespective of whether it is the first or a subsequent visit. One rheumatologist in my area is even bolder. If a patient misses a single visit, he sends them a letter letting him or her know that he or she is persona non grata in his practice and should find another rheumatologist. I know he does this because two patients recently were upset at me for referring them to this doctor. Because of his behavior, I am now reluctant to refer any more patients to him.
 
Several years go, I missed a dental appointment and his office manager called me and told me they are charging me a hundred dollars. I let the dentist know that I would pay him what he asks, but would no longer use his services. He retracted the fee and since that time he has done a number of crowns for me as well as other dental work. Had he gotten the hundred dollars out of me, he would have lost thousands.
 
The bottom line is that if you are prepared to penalize a patient for missing a visit, you should also be prepared to suffer the consequences of angering a patient. In my practice, when this happens, I bury my ego, give up being right, and continue rendering podiatric care to my patients.
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, HIcksville, NY 
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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Ivar Roth, DPM, MPH
 
The policy that we instituted requiring a credit card for first time patients has worked extremely well. Our front desk can figure out when an elderly patient says they do not have a credit card and they act accordingly. This policy is for the tire kickers or potential new patients who abuse the system. We used to get a few that would give us a false credit card number. Now that we actually charge the card beforehand, we know if the card is good or not. These tire kickers know we are on to them and hang up or do not make an appointment, which is good.
 
Our no-show rate with our new policy for new appointments is about zero now. As far as us being on time, we are. We run a tight ship.
 
One caveat, I run a concierge practice where we do not take any insurance.
 
Ivar Roth, DPM, MPH, Newport Beach, CA  
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS)
From: Steven Selby Blanken, DPM
 
It is amazing to see that 16% of the profession use the wrong code for foot orthotics. Most of us know about the problems years ago that happened with Blue Cross of California with trying to retract money for the L3000 code. They eventually lost and had to pay back all the podiatrists. Most podiatrists who dispense proper foot orthotics should be using the L3000 code for each foot.
 
Steven Selby Blanken, DPM, Podiatry Consultant, Performance Laboratories
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Fiberglass cast for a broken shoe?

Source: Kai Kagami via Virtual Shoe Museum

MEETING NOTICES

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PM PODIATRY HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON

July 29, 2017 – Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center- Nashville, TN

Honoring G. "Dock" Dockery, DPM and Benjamin J. Wallner 

Sponsored by Bako Integrated Physician Services (Silver), PICA (Bronze), and Sammy Systems (Bronze)

PM News subscribers are invited to see Dr. Dockery and Mr. Wallner inducted in the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame, including roasts by special guests. 

All ticket proceeds go to the APMA Educational Foundation Student Endowment Fund. Reserve your tickets now by sending $75 per ticket to: APMA Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Fund, 9312 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 or via the APMA Meeting registration form.


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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2- PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
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Great for warts, onychomycosis and can work for spider veins as well. Started using in Jan 2013. Low pulse count. Works great, no maintenance or mechanical issues. Paid $70,000 new. Asking $30,000 OBO. Delivery or pick-up in Chicagoland, Northern IN or Southern MI otherwise shipping may be extra. Contact jmsdpm@gmail.com or 219-395-4206.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – LONG ISLAND 
 
Unusual opportunity – You can lease storefront office from existing podiatrist in location for 30 year. Busy location Western Nassau County. Office is set up ready to practice. Great for expanding podiatrist.No money down. Rent for $2,700/ month. Favorable lease terms. Email rrranch7@yahoo.com
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
PODIATRIST WANTED - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 
 
Podiatrist needed for practice throughout Northern CA. Professionally managed practice in long term care facilities. Excellent income potential with discretionary time. Please send CV and interest letter to dwayne8543@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SW FLORIDA
 
HUGE OPPORTUNITY Would you like the freedom to utilize your talents to the max? Opportunity awaits right candidate. Excellent mix of office/surgery motivated/experienced staff. Full Time Associate PSR 12-36. Great salary/benefits, bonus package, unlimited potential, buy-In opportunity. Email resume to: podiatry22@yahoo.com
 
EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY! – LOS ANGELES, CA 
 
Home Foot Care, Inc. is looking for qualified podiatrists to visit home patients in the greater Los Angeles area: full/part time, independence, excellent compensation, dedicated support staff, electronic billing/medical records.  email cv to: homefootcare@hotmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE FT/PT - NEW YORK (ROCKLAND/WESTCHESTER) 
 
Join a renowned podiatrist/foot surgeon and team of successful doctors in high volume multi-specialty practice. Well-established, cutting-edge, modern facility with PinPointe laser, fluoroscope, diagnostic sonogram, Juvederm, ESWT, and in-house physical therapy. Comprehensive foot and  Send CV and cover letter to: linchpindpm@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  
 
Very busy practice seeking a full-time, self-motivated and hard-working podiatry associate. Competitive salary offered. Please email CV to: podiatrists@icloud.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA 
 
Seeking full-time associate in a multi-doctor podiatry group. Excellent opportunity to grow with our practice, with an opportunity for buy-in/partnership.  Competitive salary with bonus structure, health insurance, 401k, and CME allowance provided.  Please send CV and letter of intent to: PApodiatrygroup@gmail.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - MINNESOTA  
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Minnesota. Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - S. E. PENNSYLVANIA
 
Seeking full-time associate for growing, multifaceted practice in SE Pennsylvania. Must be ABPS Qualified/Certified, motivated, personable, compassionate and dedicated. Competitive salary + bonus. Forward CV’s to podmedsurg@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - FREDERICK, MARYLAND 
 
State-of-the-art group practice seeks a well-trained and personable podiatrist to join our group. Our practice has all of the bells and whistles you can imagine including scribes, EMR, Shoe store, DME and an in-office surgery center. Hospital emergency room call is required. Must be confident in trauma, ankle fractures and diabetic limb salvage. We offer a very competitive salary, bonus structure and excellent benefits package. Please forward your CV and letter of intent with headline: Podiatrist Seeking Great Job Opportunity. Mynewposition75@gmail.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – ST LOUIS 
 
Associate wanted for busy St. Louis Missouri practice. Broad surgical forefoot and rear foot practice located in the heart of St. Louis. We own our multi-specialty surgery center and do 80% of our work out of the surgery center.  Hospital affiliations also.  Looking for surgically trained PSR 24 and 36 residents. All staff members are ABPS certified.  Board qualified residence welcome to apply.  Contact Amey Drake at 314-966-0460.  We are the Feet for Life Centers of St. Louis, MO   Feetforlife.com.  Send resumes to Amey Drake at 8637 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63124 mhorwitz@safetyfixmedical.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – FLORIDA 
 
Excellent opportunity for qualified candidate. Looking to add an accomplished, driven individual looking to grow personally and professionally with a successful and thriving practice. Ideal candidate will have 2-3 years of experience, but will consider new grad as well. Reply with letter describing your personal and professional goals with CV to podsuccess123@gmail.com
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 16,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
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