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March 28, 2017 #5,892 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

At the recent APMA House of Delegates, outgoing APMA president R. Daniel Davis, DPM discussed the potential advantages of changing the name of APMA to more accurately reflect what we do. A straw poll of APMA delegates favored the proposal by almost 90%.

Quick Poll

Should APMA change its name to the American Association of Foot & Ankle Specialists (AAFAS)?
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EDITOR'S NOTE
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UNMATCHED GRADUATE OF THE DAY

My name is Fabliha Anbar and I will graduate from The Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2017. I have not been able to match this year and I'm doing a preceptorship in Cleveland Ohio. My ultimate goal is to have a residency. Even though I prefer locations around Cleveland, I am willing to move anywhere.

Fabliha Anbar

I am hardworking and don't back off from difficult situations. I hope to do the same in any residency program that I am accepted in. My email is fanbar@kent.edu.

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Don't Put Off Nagging Foot Problems - OH Podiatrist
 
Extra pounds. Crusty socks. Do your feet deserve this mistreatment? As you emerge from winter hibernation, remember the crucial role your feet play in keeping you active. "They're the only body parts that are almost always in contact with the ground," says podiatrist Duane J. Ehredt Jr., DPM, an Assistant Professor in the Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery and Biomechanics at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.
 
Dr. Duane Ehredt Jr.
 
They tell your brain where you are in space. So when something feels wrong, don't ignore it. "It's the subtle, nagging injuries men put off that become chronic problems," says Dr. Ehredt. And if your feet aren't in top shape, your whole body suffers. 
 
Source: Julie Stewart, Men's Health [3/24/17]
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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
WV Podiatrist Joins Cabell Huntington Hospital Medical Staff
 
Kenneth Avery, DPM, a board certified physician specializing in podiatry, has joined the medical and dental Staff at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He is also an assistant professor in orthopedics at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
 
Dr. Kenneth Avery
 
Dr. Avery received his medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in primary podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery at Montgomery Hospital and Medical Center in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
 
Source: Herald-Dispatch [3/26/17]
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OUTSIDE INTERESTS
PA Podiatrist Makes Bold Physics Claim
 
Podiatrist Dr. Thomas Berryman says he has an idea that could shake up the scientific community of physics. The East Stroudsburg-based foot doctor is a full-time physician and an amateur theoretical physicist. His recently published essay proposes a "new elementary charge," claimed to simplify mathematical calculations while also challenging a century-old cornerstone of modern physics. Berryman graduated with a degree in chemistry before returning to school for podiatry. He never had physics in high school. He'd taken just one physics course in his college career, but it was enough to ignite a passion.
 
Dr. Thomas Berryman (Photo: Keith R. Stevenson)
 
Physics Essays, an international scholarly journal, accepted Berryman's entry in December. His essay appears in the 2017 first quarterly issue, released online in January. In the paper, Berryman quantifies the elementary charge as 1.32621131e-19 coulombs. Finding a willing publisher proved difficult, said Berryman. He'd previously sent his paper to other physics publications and Ivy League institutions, including Princeton University. All denied him or didn't respond.
 
Bill Cameron, Pocono Record [3/25/17]

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MEETING NEWS
Superbones Superwounds East 2017 Conference Springs into Teaneck, NJ
 
Podiatrists largely from the greater New York and New Jersey area, but also from Canada, Israel, and Nigeria, converged on Teaneck, NJ for this year’s Superbones Superwounds East 2017 Conference.  
 
Hands-on workshop at 2017 Superbones Superwounds East 2017 Conference
 
Faculty from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine complemented a select nationwide panel of distinguished speakers, delivering a combination of hands-on workshops and a lecture program on topics including trauma, reconstructive surgery, diabetic wound care, and limb salvage. 
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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
9 Ways Physicians Can Cure Burnout
 
7. Make healthy lifestyle changes. "Physicians are often resistant to making simple changes -taking time to eat healthy snacks and meals during their day, getting enough sleep, incorporating exercise into their routines - that may have a big impact. These things take planning, but will not necessarily take much time. The increase in productivity and decrease in stress can have a big payoff. There are lots of apps now for short workouts, Iike the seven- minute workout, but even a brisk walk can help." - Donna Holland, MD
 
Source: Julia Filip, Physicians Practice [3/12/17]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Denial of Foot Orthotics Despite Doing Everything
 
We are running into a problem with insurance companies telling us that custom foot orthotics are a covered benefit, giving us specific coverage details (% coverage, co-insurance, whether or not authorization is needed, deductible status, and so forth).
 
Then, after telling us that the orthotics are covered, that the patient’s deductible has been met, and that pre-authorization is not needed, they deny our claims. Although we provide our contact names and call reference numbers, some of the payers won’t budge in their denials. In some cases, it is some piece of information they did not give us over the phone, such as they only cover foot orthotics with a diabetes diagnosis. Sometimes, they just say not a covered benefit of their plan.
 
We do have the patient sign a form that they will pay if their insurance plan does not pay, so they will not blame the denials on us, but…how do we avoid the denials of the original clams and appeals?  
 
Jeff Bean, DPM, Carson City, NV
 
Response: When getting a pre-authorization, always give the specific CPT/HCPCS code vs “are orthotics covered?” Ask for exclusions or limitations of coverage because payers tend not to mention that unless asked. That’s about all you can do from your end.
 
You should mention this to your state association so that they could lobby for changes in policy for this payer which should carry more clout. Lastly, appeal to your state insurance oversight board. You can also have the patient file a complaint with their payer related to the unfair practice of giving out incorrect information, and then not be willing to make good on THEIR error.
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Tom Amberry, DPM
 
On behalf of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Thomas Amberry, DPM. Dr. Amberry was a tremendous asset to the profession and was the 2002 recipient of our AAPSM Golden Foot Award which is awarded to podiatrists for educating the public on the importance of physical fitness and the role of podiatric sports medicine in the care of the athlete.
 
Rita J. Yates, Executive Director, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Use of Shoes of the Day

Useful for triathlons?

Source: Submitted by Dr. Burton Katzen 

MEETING NOTICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1- ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
IMMEDIATE ASSOCIATE OPPORTUNITY – CHICAGO 
 
Multi-location group-Chicago/Near West Suburbs - Opening for ABFAS Board Certified/Qualified associate for Chicago. Surgical/ortho patient load. No nursing homes. Must hit the door running! EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound, shockwave, surgery center & amazing support staff. Benefits available, associateship available for the right doc. Send CV to chicagopodwork@gmail.com
 
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Well established referral basis, brand new location (as of April), and progressive office., including EMR, digital x-ray, Pinpointe and CO2 lasers, diagnostic ultrasound and EPAT You can expect a full schedule of patients the day you start, and a very competitive salary. For more info www.greatfootcare.com. Send resume to: DrKassaris@GreatFootCare.com
 
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Multi-location group seeking DPM to run their own clinic (one DPM per clinic, no travel or assisted facility work). Clinical work is substantive with good surgical balance.  Utilize leading EMR, digital x-ray in clinic, and Cutera laser.  Excellent comp plan that allows for unlimited earnings growth, plus malpractice, health, and 401K plan. Please send CV to stlouispodiatrists@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - RHODE ISLAND 
 
Well established practice seeking a part time podiatrist leading to a full time position. We have state of the art facility with EHR, Laser, PADNet, and Digital x-ray. Great referral base with hospital and surgical center privileges. All aspects of podiatry are seen from simple to complex, children to geriatrics. No nursing homes. Interested candidates send CV to ripodiatryassociate@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MIDWEST  
 
Conservative practice seeking compassionate, personable podiatrist. Must be confident in forefoot surgery and office treatments. Position leading to ownership in 2 years. Mix of office, out of town clinics, NH. Salary + bonus. Office equipped with EHR, laser and digital x-ray. Email CV and letter of interest: MWestDPM@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NYC
 
Need full-time associate starting ASAP for our group practice. Must be willing to grow and expand and be capable to do an array of foot surgery as well as competent in evaluating and treating patients in the office. Must be available to work on 1-2 weekend days per month.  Must be willing to travel to any one of our 5 locations within the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Fixed salary to start for the first 6-8 months, then contracted for fixed with incentive. To inquire please email cv to contactus@starrettpodiatry.com 
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - TN, TX, MO, KS, WI, OK, CO
 
Preferred Podiatry Group is seeking providers to join our growing practice servicing long term care facilities in several areas.  We offer a competitive commission based income as well as a benefits packaged to our employed podiatrists. Full-time and part-time positions are available.  Contact Dr. Chris Kestner at ckestner@ppgpc.com for details
 
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PRACTICE FOR SALE - WESTERN SUBURBS OF CHICAGO 
 
Looking to purchase a practice, relocate? This successful Chicago area practice is a great opportunity for you. Fully equipped office. Opportunity to enter practice with established patient base and strong cash flow.  Contact: Illinoisdpm@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - CALIFORNIA: NORTHERN 
 
Wanting to retire. Looking for someone to take over practice. Great opportunity. Ready patient base. Potential to expand in all areas of podiatry.  Awesome area - lakes, mountains, rivers - especially appealing to outdoor enthusiast/anyone who enjoys beautiful locale.  $285,000 buys building and well established practice. Email reddingpodiatry@sbcglobal.net
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE  - MIDMARK EXAM TABLE/CHAIR
 
Midmark 623 Exam Table/Chair with stool, absolute mint condition, never used. Serious inquiries only. Please contact nefootandankle@optonline.net.
 
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