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July 29, 2017 #5,980 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Last Chance  to Vote

If given the chance, would you use paper records instead of EMR? 
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PODIATRIC HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION
VA Provider Equity Act Passes in House
 
On July 24, the VA Provider Equity Act (HR 1058) was passed unanimously in the House. The APMA-crafted legislation aims to resolve ongoing recruitment and retention issues for podiatrists employed by the Veterans Health Administration (VA). The passage comes less than a week after AAOS and AOFAS announced their support for the legislation and is a result of tireless efforts from APMA’s legislative team.
 
Dr. Brad Wenstrup
 
“I thank my colleagues in the House for the bipartisan passage of this legislation, and I urge the Senate to act swiftly as well, so these reforms can reach our veterans as soon as possible,” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH). 
 
Source: APMA
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PUBLISHED PODIATRISTS

FL and MN Podiatrists Edit 2nd Edition of Sports Medicine Textbook

Podiatrists Drs. Matthew Werd and Paul Langer, along with Dr. E. Leslie Knight are editors of Athletic Footwear and Orthoses in Sports Medicine,  a concise manual which provides a logical approach to prescribing footwear that will maximize performance and minimize injury in athletes. From fundamentals—including athletic foot types, basic biomechanics and gait evaluation—to step-by-step guidance through assessment and prescription of shoes, inserts, and orthoses, this book is both informative and comprehensive.

Drs. Matthew Werd and Paul Langer

With chapters written by memebersof the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, this text wealth of sport-specific recommendations. Coding and billing are addressed as well. Photographs and drawings clearly illustrate key concepts. Wherever relevant, the authors have incorporated evidence-based medicine by presenting essential information in a convenient format.

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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Tendency for Ingrown Nails is Hereditary; UK Podiatrist
 
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common causes of pain in feet; however, there’s a reason why some people suffer more than others.
 
Matthew Fitzpatrick
 
Matthew Fitzpatrick, a consultant podiatrist from The College of Podiatry, said: “The general way in which we develop is the product of our parents – clearly there are certain traits and looks that are identifiable from them like our nose, or eyes, or shape of our build or height." 
 
Source: Lauren Clark, Express [7/21/17]
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FROM PM's CURRENT 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
Ways Physicians Can Use Social Media - Part 4
 
4.  Improve Patient Interaction
 
As a patient, sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to get in touch with your doctor, especially when you just need to ask a quick question or have something you're concerned about.
 
Social media could provide a new level of interaction between medical professionals and their patients. Even if doctors can't be accessible all day long due to a highly demanding schedule, there are a variety of ways they can use social media to interact with patients, including:
  • Office hours — Set up scheduled hours to answer questions directed at a Facebook or Twitter page.
  • Social media team — Doctors who receive a lot of traffic on social media sites may want to consider designating a staff person to respond to postings.
Social platforms provide a good way for doctors to keep in touch with patients, and potentially bring new patients into the office at the same time. Though the Internet obviously isn't a medium for sharing private patient information, it's ideal for general Q&A-type conversations.
 
Source: Kayla Matthews, Physicians Practice [7/18/17]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Billing CPT 28308 with CPT 28270
 
I dictated that there was a joint contracture at the metatarsal-phalangeal joint as well as deformed metatarsal outside the normal metatarsal parabola. Can I bill CPT 28270 (capsulotomy; metatarsophalangeal joint, with or without tenorrhaphy, each joint [separate procedure]) with CPT 28308 (osteotomy, tarsal bones, other than calcaneus or talus; with autograft [includes obtaining graft] [e.g., Fowler type])? I can find no CCI edits that say I can’t.
 
John Powers, DPM, Tucson, AZ
 
Response: If you perform a metatarsal neck area osteotomy and the same (relatively close, exposed) surgical site as the capsulotomy/tenorrhaphy whether to gain exposure for the osteotomy or to release the joint, the two procedures may be bundled together by payers. CPT 28270 is defined as a “separate procedure” in which one procedure is “commonly carried out as an integral component of a total service or procedure” and not separately billed.
 
If, however, the capsulotomy is “carried out independently or considered to be unrelated or distinct from other procedures/services provided at that time, it may be reported by itself, or in addition to other procedures/services by appending modifier -59 to the specific “separate procedure” code to indicate that the procedure is not considered to be a component of another procedure, but is a distinct, independent procedure.”
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA
 
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Post Graduate Fellowship
 
Department of Orthopaedic/Division of Podiatry
 
School of Medicine at the
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
 
Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery - This fellowship is a one-year experience during which the Fellow will develop a rational approach to revisional and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. The Fellow will function as a Specialist and participate in the teaching of Podiatric medical students and residents, and have ample opportunity to be involved in clinical and basic research projects. The fellowship will provide the Podiatric Surgeon, further expertise in Charcot reconstruction, trauma and deformity correction.
 
Duration: 1 year (7/1/18 – 6/30/19) Application Deadline: 10/02/2017 Interviews: TBD Stipend: $44,100/Year.  Requirements: Completion of 3-year residency; a commitment to a part-time/full-time academic career in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Texas License eligible & ABPS Board Qualification eligible in Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (Test dates & Application Deadlines TBA). 
 
Submit a CV and letter of interest to: Thomas Zgonis, DPM, FACFAS, Professor, Fellowship Director, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio 7703 Floyd Curl Drive (MSC 7776) San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900 Email: Zgonis@uthscsa.edu Phone: (210) 567-5174 Fax: (210)567-4891.
 
All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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RESPONSE/COMMENTS (MEDICAL=LEGAL)
RE: Texas Bill Allows Chiropractors to Own Integrated Medical Practices
From: Donald R Blum, DPM, JD
 
State lawmakers passed a bill in late May allowing licensed chiropractors to own and operate medical offices with medical doctors. Under the legislation, Texas chiropractors are permitted to join doctors of medicine, osteopathy, and podiatry in forming and operating joint healthcare businesses. 
 
Texas law had prohibited chiropractors from owning and operating multidisciplinary practices in the same manner as other doctors. The bill removes those barriers to chiropractors’ ability to form...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Blum's extended-length letter can be read here
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoes of the Day

How high heels will become extinct?

Submitted by Dr. Brandon Macy

MEETING NOTICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA- IMMEDIATE
 
Torrance, California, Beautiful South Bay of LA - Seeking Associate to work full time in a busy, progressive, and modern podiatry practice.  Interest in conservative and non-surgical foot care is preferred.  Please email CV and contact information to footcareone@verizon.net if you are interested.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – DAYTON, OHIO 
 
Highly respected and growing, 5 podiatrist, 4 location practice seeking PSR-36 board certified/qualified foot and ankle surgeon. Must be dedicated, hardworking, motivated, poses excellent clinical and surgical skills, high quality patient care, wound care. Our practice is equipped with certified EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound guided injections, Cutera Laser, regenerative PRP and stem cell technology, all aspects of DME. Meaningful Use attested, MIPS-ready. On staff 4 hospitals, no nursing homes. Highly trained staff. Send CV, salary requirements to ohiosurgeons@gmail.com  Excellent compensation plan, base salary and bonus, 401k plan, medical insurance, malpractice, paid vacation, holidays, CME. Signing bonus.
 
PART-TIME ASSOCIATE OPPORTUNITY – NORTHWEST INDIANA (1 HOUR FROM CHICAGO)
 
Great part-time opportunity for a podiatrist with superb surgical skills (including ankle and rear foot), office-based experience, and an outgoing personality. Located one hour from Chicago in Crown Point, Indiana. No nursing homes or house calls. Please send your CV and a cover letter to accounting@friendlyfootcare.com
 
ASSOCIATE FULL TIME POSITION - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
Busy 3 office muti-doctor practice looking for ABPS qualified/certified associate leading to partnership. Excellent salary and full benefits including health, malpractice and 401K retirement. Inland Empire/Suburban Los Angeles. E-mail your CV to familyfootcenter@verizon.net.  
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MARYLAND 
 
Immediate Full-time Opening for podiatrist in Frederick, Maryland. Great opportunity to join state of the art group practice. Generous salary and benefits package with productivity bonus. Partnership opportunities available. Please email your CV to mynewposition75@gmail.com
 
IMMEDIATE OPENING - EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA 
 
Large Practice in East Central Florida has a fulltime position opening. Prefer DPM with minimum of 1 year private practice experience. To apply please go to www.yourcareerinpodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE NEEDED - WARREN/YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 
 
Ankle & Foot Care Centers operates 20 locations in Northeast Ohio. We are looking to add a full-time podiatric physician to help cover expansion of our Outreach Services. Tremendous growth opportunity for a hardworking individual with an interest in wound care, nursing home and house call patient care. To learn more about us, visit our website at www.ankleandfootcare.com Please email your letter of interest and CV to Michael Vallas, Practice Administrator at mike@ankleandfootcare.com.
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - KS, MO, MN, OK, TX PANHANDLE, SAN ANTONIO
 
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 benefit package 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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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - AUSTIN TEXAS 
 
40 years in practice EMR and laser for onychomycosis. Digital radiography and ultrasound. Office next to hospital and surgery center. Ownership available in surgery center. Contact Michael Golf DPM $500,000 price negotiable 5124483668 michaelgolf@sbcglobal.net.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - RURAL SOUTHERN MISSOURI
 
27-year solo practice with established patients and physician referral sources. Favorable overhead. Consistent annual gross $300,000.  Currently 3 days weekly.  In office direct digital Xray (A2D2) and Esaote ultrasound unit.  Hospital surgical privileges. Price negotiable.  Desiring to relocate. Serious inquiries only: email DDR004@centurytel.net.
 
OFFICE TO RENT OR BUY - MANHATTAN 
 
If your Lease is ending or looking for office space. Incredible opportunity to RENT or Buy  1000 sq.ft.  5th ave  Manhattan  space with existing podiatry practice. Turn-key with fully 3 fully equipped treatment rooms,, office and waiting room.  Call immediately  Dr. JSF   914-523-1210
 
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