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September 26, 2018 #6,273 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

A partner of Podiatry Management http://www.podiatrym.com
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ANNUAL SURVEY NOW ONLINE - WIN VALUABLE PRIZES
Congratulations to Dr. John Brummer of NY, NY, winner of last week's prize of a $100 Macy's Gift Card. We encourage you to participate in this year's important annual survey. Completing this anonymous survey provides us with valuable data, which we will publish in the March 2019 issue of Podiatry Management. It also makes you eligible to win thousands of dollars of valuable prizes. Enter by completing this confidential survey and providing your e-mail address in the comments section on the last page of the survey.  LAST WEEK TO ENTER.
 
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This is also your opportunity to vote for the next DPM and non-DPM inductees into the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame.
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
CA Podiatrist Discusses Fall Prevention
 
This is Fall Prevention Week. "When discussing fall prevention, everything from slippery floors, loose throw rugs, poor lighting, medication side-effects, wet spots, and pets have been cited as contributing to the growing tendency to fall as we age. Foot pain and foot problems, when mentioned, tend to be near the bottom of the list," said podiatric foot and ankle specialist Diane Branks, DPM, Vice President of the California Podiatric Medical Association.
 
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"Since our feet are the foundation for our balance and mobility, it only makes sense that healthy feet would play a key role in helping to prevent falls," said Dr. Branks. In a randomized clinical trial of foot care as a way to prevent falls, Australian researchers found that the volunteers who received foot care experienced 36 percent fewer falls than those in the control group that did not.
 
Source: KLKN-TV [9/21/18]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 1
WI Podiatrist is Featured Speaker at Awards Luncheon
 
The community’s most selfless individuals received unexpected recognition at the inaugural Kenosha News 10 Exceptional People awards luncheon.
 
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The event included an opening from keynote speaker Dr. Antonio Montemurro, a Kenosha native and local podiatrist. Montemurro was named as one of Kenosha County’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2017.
 
Source: Jeffrey Zampanti, Kenosha News [9/20/18]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 2
NJ Podiatrist Speaks to Local Business Leaders
 
Hal Ornstein, DPM, Managing Partner of Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center, LLP in Howell, New Jersey presented a lecture entitled "How to Move You and Your Business to the Next Level". This event was open to business leaders in the community and members of the Howell Chamber of Commerce.
 
Dr. Hal Ornstein
 
Ornstein discussed practical ways to elevate various aspects of business and personal lives. “What many want is often in your own backyard; the door just needs to be open and the path cleared,” Ornstein said. He says that changing one’s paradigm and taking daily action can help to open that door. He handed out several inspirational books and stressed the importance of reading for professional and personal growth.
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OUTSIDE INTERESTS
NJ Podiatrist Helps Clear Bees from Hospital's Roof
 
Ocean Medical Center has 100,000 bees on its roof. People like Point Pleasant Beach resident Greg Mazzatta, DPM, a podiatrist who sidelines as a beekeeper, are doing what they can to help them out. “To be a good beekeeper, you need to be involved with your bees,” Mazzatta said. "A lot of people get them and think they take care of themselves. They think, 'I’m going to go in and get the honey and that’s it.'"
 
Dr. Greg Mazzatta with his bees at Ocean Medical Center (Photo: Anne Green)
 
Mazzatta manages Ocean Medical’s apiary. He started with two colonies, building 2-foot rectangular wooden hives for each. There is one queen bee per hive, and as the apiary’s population grew, an additional queen bee emerged to lead a breakoff colony. That group announced its arrival by swarming on one of the hospital’s outer walls, 30,000 strong.
 
Source: Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press [9/21/18]
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FROM PM's CURRENT ISSUE
Several times 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

3 Low Tech Ways to Boost Collections - Part 2

2. Learn the magic words - Asking for money is not everyone’s strong suit. Be sure your staff is well trained in the best collection practices. This means knowing how to stay on the right side of collections law as well as how to communicate effectively. Barbie Hays, CPC, coding and compliance strategist for the AAFP, suggests having scripts for employees to follow. “It’s important to teach them not only what to say, but what not to say,” she says.
 
Training shouldn’t be limited to the front desk. Back office staff need to know the basic fee schedule, too. Nurses and physicians are often asked about costs and payment arrangements. Sometimes, a provider may reassure a patient who is worried about the cost of a procedure without really knowing what the procedure costs. Back office staff also need to know how to talk about payments legally and know not to promise patients things the billing office can’t deliver.
 
Source: Avery Hurt, Physicians Practice [9/17/18]
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QUERIES (CLINICAL)
Query: Metanx, Vitamin B6 and Diabetic Neuropathy
 
I recently prescribed Metanx for a patient with diabetic neuropathy. A few weeks later, the same patient was seen by a neurologist who apparently is a “top neuropathy specialist”. The patient showed the neurologist the bottle of Metanx and was told “it’s the worst thing you can take” and was told to throw it out. The neurologist stated that recent research has shown Vitamin B6, Metanx, is not indicated for diabetic neuropathy. To say the least, I was very surprised to hear that. I have been prescribing Metanx since it has been on the market. Is anyone aware of any recent research that Metanx, Vitamin B6, is contra-indicated for diabetic neuropathy?
 
Edward Orman, DPM, Perry Hall, MD
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Richard Adams, DPM
 
I have been using a scribe in my clinic for about three years. The benefits of a scribe are many. The benefits of a virtual scribe include one less body in an already cramped exam room, no necessity to purchase equipment, and no additional employee on your payroll. 
 
The downside of a virtual scribe involves occasional, but rare, IT concerns. In my opinion, if you choose the correct virtual provider, you will be very pleased. 
 
Richard Adams, DPM, Granbury, TX
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Richard D Wolff, DPM
 
I have not used a virtual scribe, so I cannot offer an opinion about that. Pretty sure Dragon Naturally Speaking, which I have used, is not the same. For years, I have used a scribe and have found it helpful in many ways. Patients have commented about how their other doctors are buried in their computer during the encounter, whereas my patient has my undivided attention the entire time. I ramble off my physical exam quietly to my scribe, who checks it off on "Quicksoap". I speak to the patient about their condition and treatment plan as the scribe writes it down.
 
My scribe will also note if the patient expresses pain with a facial expression, as they don't always tell me as instructed. As I begin my treatment, my scribe is dismissed, and she goes to start the note in the computer at another location. This situation has worked well for me. My scribe has learned to pick up on the subjective part of the note and she relays the follow-up plan to the scheduler.
 
There are additional benefits. Patients have also developed a rapport with my scribe and will ask about her if she is not present on a given day. She has also developed the habit of reviewing the patient's chart. She will let me know if there are any insurance coverage issues and she will let me know if the patient is due for new diabetic shoes, should they desire it. I have found this system to be invaluable.
 
Richard D Wolff, DPM, Oregon, OH
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS STORIES)
From: Robert Scott Steinberg, DPM
 
In recent years, I have seen an increase in stress fractures, mostly in women patients on vegan or vegetarian diets. It is very important to ask your patients about their diet. 
 
Robert Scott Steinberg, DPM, Schaumburg, IL
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

What's black and white and red all over? (photo: Dumitrel Rada)

Source: Camelia Croitoru via Virtual Shoe Museum  

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – LONG ISLAND, NY 
 
FT/PT, BE/BC associate positions available with a 35+ year experienced, thriving, expanding, multiple office, full scope group on Long Island.  Ideal for someone looking to be considered for future partnership. Hospital affiliations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Generous offer includes competitive salary, production bonus, pension, medical and malpractice insurance, PTO, etc.  Join our cutting edge, high tech facilities where you are, simply, expected to deliver high end care to the patient and let our supporting staff do all the rest! Forward CV to: mikeswae@optonline.net
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – LONG ISLAND, NY 
 
Recently completed your podiatry residency? Congratulations! You’ve finally done it and with your training behind you this opportunity can be your final destination. Long Island, office-based, state-of-the-art “minimal incision” surgical practice seeks an energetic, well-groomed doctor with a great personality willing to be trained in cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques. Email your Letter of Interest and CV to: Seiwerik@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - UPSTATE NY 
 
Excellent opportunity to start your career in a fresh practice!  Seeking an associate to join, grow, and become partner. Key attributes: Board Qualified/Certified, self-starter, willingness to build practice. Looking for a motivated individual to contribute to our growth through all aspects of podiatry. Please send CV to: docryanlee@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHWEST IOWA
 
Looking for a hard-working, caring, board eligible/certified podiatrist to join established, well-rounded practice.  January 1 start date preferable but may be willing to wait for the right person. Competitive salary and benefits. Email CV and questions to drbarnes@cbfootcare.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS –  TEXAS, MISSOURI, FLORIDA, UPSTATE  NEW YORK
 
A provider of high quality podiatric care in nursing facilities is looking for podiatrists to treat patients in Texas, Missouri, and Florida.. We are a fast growing company looking for motivated, caring podiatrists. Full-time and part-time positions available. Please send your CV & cover letter to office@easternpodiatrypllc.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ANNAPOLIS, MD 
 
www.podiatrygroup.us seeks FT DPM to join our successful team. Latest technology, in office ASC, excellent support staff, marketing and protocols to help achieve your financial success. Candidate must possess surgical training, positive personality and great work ethic. Send cover letter/CV and referrals to mokane@podiatrygroup.us
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST LOUIS, MISSOURI 
 
Well-established, successful podiatry practice seeking dedicated, hardworking and motivated physician to join as an associate.  Excellent referral and patient base. Special emphasis on at risk population. No nursing homes or house calls. Compensation by salary and bonus. Malpractice, health/dental and retirement benefits included. Email CV to sharikaminsky@hotmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BALTIMORE, MD 
 
MedStar Health is seeking a podiatric surgeon for full time employment Baltimore, Maryland. This position would be based at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital with a focus on limb salvage and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Preferred candidate would have 3 years post residency work experience, be fellowship trained and ABFAS board qualified for foot and RRA. The physician would join a growing multidisciplinary team in a hospital based surgical practice and would have the opportunity to work with and teach residents and students. Please send letter of intent and CV to john.steinberg@medstar.net.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MARYLAND 
 
Established practice looking for a full-time podiatrist for our three Maryland locations. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical skills including ulcer care, diabetes, surgery and general foot care. Must have a strong office personality with the ability to maintain and attract patients. Must be willing to merge into an already established protocol based office. Please send C/V to footdocs17@gmail.com
 
TEAM PHYSICIAN  SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Physicians Footcare, SC largest provider of podiatric services, is seeking a highly skilled and personable physician to join our TEAM. South Carolina License is necessary an d next exam is December 2018.  Exam application must be submitted 90 days prior to exam date.  If you are ready to live, work, and play comfortably; send letter of interest and CV to: scdpmjobs@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MASSACHUSETTS 
 
We are a well-established, very busy, hospital-based multi-doc practice located just north of Boston, seeking full-time DPM. Must be Board Qualified/Certified. Excellent referral base and high volume of new patients. We are well integrated within the medical community and active in both hospital out-patient and in-patient care.  Competitive compensation and benefit package. Please email CV to footdocsma@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - LONG ISLAND/QUEENS 
 
Advanced Podiatry Seeking Full Time DPM for upscale practices located at the Americana Manhasset, Huntington and Queens. Excellent work environment and company culture.  Latest technology with digital x-ray, laser, EHR, Ultrasound, the latest Apple software and iPads. Must be surgically trained, motivated, with a great work ethic. Very competitive salary with significant upside. Visit www.LIFootCare.com and email eavieiradpm@gmail.com for more info.
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - ORANGE COUNTY NEW YORK 
 
ACQUIRE MY PRACTICE AS I RETIRE. Well-established solo practice of 37 years in my hometown. Working 4 full days a week as I continue to provide my patients with the compassionate, conservative foot care they are accustomed to.  Full surgical privileges available, with heavy emphasis on biomechanics, patient education, and IMEs.  I am looking for a motivated young practitioner who understands the importance of being a podiatrist, not just a surgeon.  I see working patients at 5:30 am, emergencies within 24 hours and am still going strong, but want to slow down.  Send resume to mlwodka@hotmail.com 
 
PRACTICES WANTED - FL, CA, TX, NY, NJ, PA, AL, TN, KY, GA, SC
 
Looking to buy podiatry practices large, small, rural or urban. Podiatrists who are looking to retire soon or in the near future, or wanting to join a larger group to handle business operations can contact us by clicking here. Competitive compensation and benefits package for those who would like to sell and work within the larger company..
 
PRACTICE WANTED - NORTHEAST FLORIDA 
 
I am looking to purchase a practice in Northeast Florida. I am well trained in forefoot/hindfoot reconstruction including total ankle replacement, trauma and diabetic limb salvage. Financially sound practice with potential for future growth is a must. Immediate or transitional buy-outs considered. Please e-mail ankleandfootse@gmail.com if interested.
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - LUNULA LASER
 
Lunula Laser, low level light laser for fungal toenails – 1 year old. 19K. Unit recently inspected, calibrated. The manufacturer with waive normal equipment transfer fee and host an interactive training webinar. Very little training required. Contact. Mkurlanski@lighthousefootandankle.com
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - ESAOTE MYLAB 5 ULTRASOUND
 
Esaote MyLab 5 ultrasound. 5 years old, great condition. All original manuals included. Mobile cart also included. Please email nefootandankle@optonline.net for further information and pricing
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
 
Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 18,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770.
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