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January 23, 2017 #5,846 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLLS RESULTS
Results of last week's Quick Poll

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Do you plan to participate in MACRA this year? 

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PODIATRISTS AND POLITICS
OH Podiatrist Selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health
 
Chairman Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) recently announced the leadership for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs for the 115th Congress, including Congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH) as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. The Subcommittee on Health has legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over the Veterans Health Administration including medical services, medical support and compliance, medical facilities, medical and prosthetic research, and major and minor construction.
 
Dr. Brad Wenstrup
 
“As a veteran and physician, Rep. Wenstrup is a natural pick to lead the Subcommittee on Health,” said Chairman Roe. “He has been a tireless advocate for veterans in his tenure on the committee, and I’m confident he will keep fighting to improve the lives of our nation’s heroes as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. I look forward to working with Rep. Wenstrup to continue the committee’s diligent oversight and pass meaningful legislation to reform the Veterans Health Administration.”
 
Source: The People's Defender [1/19/17]
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ACA UPDATE
Trump Signs Executive Order as First Strike at Affordable Care Act
 
In an opening salvo against the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday night that appears aimed squarely at undoing the healthcare law's unpopular requirement that individuals carry insurance or face fines.
 
The order directs federal agencies to stop issuing regulations that would expand the law's reach. And it directs them to grant waivers, exemptions, and delays of provisions in the Affordable Care Act that would impose costs on states or individuals, potentially including the law's penalties on people who remain uninsured— a key provision. The order also says federal agencies must allow states greater flexibility in carrying out the healthcare programs.
 
Source: Modern Healthcare via Associated Press [1/20/17]

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
10 Tips for Dealing with Problem Patients - Part 1
 
While practices are optimistic about every patient that walks through their door for the first time, it's not realistic to assume every single interaction will work out. Quite simply, some patients bring a bad attitude to the practice and end up abusing physicians and staff, either verbally, physically, or financially. Other patients are just not on the same wavelength as their physician, when it comes to treatment plans and adherence.
 
In these cases, an outright dismissal of a patient might be the best course of action. If you are hemming and hawing over this decision, it's understandable. Most physicians think the best of patients and want to help people. In some cases, issues can be resolved. Here are 10 tips on dealing with problem patients at your practice.
 
1. "Early and often is the way to go. Keeping patients who are disruptive in the practice... it's better to cut those ties early, rather than put up with it for six months, a year, or longer, as most practices tend to do." - Rodney Adams, healthcare attorney with LeClairRyan, Richmond, VA.
 
Source: Gabriel Perna, Physicians Practice [1/19/17]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (FOOTWEAR)
From: Kevin A. Kirby, DPM
 
I have been personally wearing Hoka One One shoes now for over five years, and I have many patients who have given me both positive and negative feedback on these shoes. The following are a few thoughts and clinical observations that I made over the past five years that I thought may help those podiatrists who are not familiar with these uniquely constructed shoes. 
 
First of all, Hoka shoes, when they first hit the running shoe stores back about six years ago, were very unusual since they had a midsole that was significantly thicker (i.e. nearly double the thickness) and more “cushiony” than any existing running shoe of that time. Indeed, Hokas were the...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Kirby's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Michael Forman, DPM,  Joseph Borreggine, DPM
 
Thank you Dr. Evans for warning us about the North Carolina Dental Board v. Federal Trade Commission decision. I was under the impression, obviously false, that you could not be sued for stating your opinion. Perhaps this decision can be used to punish "hired gun" experts who testify whichever way they get paid.
 
Michael Forman, DPM, Cleveland, OH
 
This has been an issue for many years. Click here.
 
Joseph Borreggine, DPM, Charleston, IL 

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Jeff Kittay, DPM
 
Hooray! Finally the Boards will be accountable to SOMEONE. The high-handed attitude that many state boards have exhibited against the members of our profession may at last be at an end. More than twenty years ago, I was the victim of such board abuse which cost me two years of aggravation and nearly $5,000 in legal expenses before the board rescinded their accusations of professional misconduct (I had had the nerve to suggest in a malpractice case against another DPM that he had indeed violated the standard of care, an opinion with which I stand).  
 
I was advised at the time by my attorneys that the board members had “governmental immunity” and could say or do whatever they pleased without fear of retribution and that I could not pursue them to recover my costs. Perhaps the removal of such immunity by the SCOTUS will put the Boards on notice that their actions can indeed have consequences and that they must be more careful when making accusations or levying punishments. Those board members that feel that they must resign in protest to being held responsible for their decisions should feel free to do so and will not be missed by the profession.
 
Jeff Kittay, DPM (retired), San Rafael Norte, Costa Rica

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS)
From: Joseph Borreggine, DPM
 
This is a sound campaign promise, "Repeal and replace Obamacare". But, alas like most campaign promises, they cannot be fully met or even executed without the full support of the Congress. The problem with this promise is that it is ideological to believe that a government 
bureaucracy will be repealed, let alone replaced. I have never seen that happen. 
 
All the entitlement programs including Welfare, Public Aid, and other government benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security are all tightly held by politicians to be "sacred cows" of the...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Borreggine's extended-length letter can be read here

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RE: Outrageous Snack of the Day

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - ALBANY, SYRACUSE, UTICA, AND SURROUNDING AREAS 
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Albany, Syracuse and Utica, and their surrounding areas.  Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Positions available immediately!  inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – YONKERS, NY 
 
Looking for a podiatrist needed in Yonkers, NY who is able to fill in for 6 weeks while an associated is on maternity leave. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays required. Please call  914.584.1434 if interested. Thank you.
 
FULL TIME ASSOCIATE – NEBRASKA 
 
Associate wanted for growing practice. Competitive pay with partnership track available, surgery center ownership available. All facets of podiatry available with great autonomy. Great opportunity for right person. Must be BQ/BC. Send CV and contact information to: Nebraskafas@gmail.com
 
PODIATRIST POSITION – DC METRO AREA
 
Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC is looking for an upcoming or recent residency graduate or an experienced practitioner to join our group of 45+ providers with 24 locations and growing.  If you are enthusiastic, personable, motivated and well-trained, we would be delighted to discuss an associate position with you. We are leaders in quality care and forward thinking. Please send cover letter and resume to: newdpm@footandankle-usa.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. LOUIS, MO 
 
Expanding group practice seeks full-time podiatrist to join our team, we have state of the art facilities with EHR, lasers, EPAT, digital x-ray, etc.  Candidates must have completed a PSR/36 residency and be well-trained, ethical and collegial. Competitive salary with incentives and benefits. If interested, please Contact CHARLENEW@FACSTL.COM.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - PISCATAWAY AND HILLSBOROUGH, NJ
 
We are a busy office with locations in Piscataway and Hillsborough, NJ. The office has been in practice for over 25 years and has great reputations in its communities. We are looking for a motivated, driven doctor to work in and grow the office. This candidate will be comfortable meeting doctors and business owners in the area to build referral relationships .The office will provide you with every tool needed for your success such as treatment protocols, peer networking groups, and a full time marketing person. Hiring immediately- drwishnie@stopfootpainfast.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTHERN MARYLAND
 
Established practice in Southern Maryland looking for a full-time podiatrist. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical skills including ulcer care, diabetes and general footcare. Must have a strong office personality with the ability to maintain and attract patients. Advanced surgical training, evenings/weekends and E/R- on call not required. Please send C/V to: feet_r_neat@aol.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION- LOS ANGELES AREA 
 
Excellent opportunity for hard working, ethical rearfoot and ankle trained podiatric surgeon. Full scope practice including fore/rearfoot surgery, trauma, biomechanics.  Located across the street from major hospital.  Associateship leading to partnership.  Email CV to lafootanklesurgeon@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS
 
Seeking an outstanding, highly motivated candidate with top-notch personal, clinical and confident surgical skills and training to join established & highly esteemed diverse practice.  Full privileges available for entire podiatric spectrum of practice.  Great opportunity with long term potential. Respond with complete resume and references to footandankle22@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NASSAU COUNTY, NY 
 
Exciting opportunity! Busy Nassau County, NY office seeks full time podiatrist. State-of-the-art facility. Complete EMR, digital radiograph and diagnostic ultrasound. Excellent salary and benefits. must be board qualified. Please email CV to medicalofficeinquiry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION-UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Group practice seeking hard working associate after January 1. ABFAS BC or 3 year residency preferred. Should have strong interest in surgery and wound care.  Competitive salary and benefits with bonus and partnership opportunities.  Near mountains and lakes. Forward letter of introduction and CV to: scsoledocs@gmail.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
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TAMPA/BRANDON AREA OF FLORIDA
 
Community Health Solutions of America (CHS) has a territory opening in the Tampa/Brandon area of Florida for a mobile podiatric physician.  Physicians must maintain an active Medicare and Florida licenses.  Expenses including malpractice insurance, medical supplies, travel allowance, etc. are covered. Exceptional benefits include paid holidays, vacation, health insurance and 401K retirement plan with company match. First year six figure salary is guaranteed!  Second year profit sharing.  Most second year doctors earn $150,000 and up. Email CV to psojobs@chsamerica.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTHERN NEVADA 
 
Live, work and play in the picturesque Northern Nevada situated in the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fantastic location for individuals seeking an active lifestyle. Great central location to nearby areas; Yosemite 3.0 hours, Lake Tahoe 30 minutes, Reno international airport 30 minutes, San Francisco 4.0 hours. Modern high tech office seeks energetic associated. Everything you need to be successful on your chosen career path is in place; EHR, digital X-ray, Cutting Edge Laser, PadNet, Pinpointe Laser, office practice management systems, professional marketing. Interested applicants please go to www.AcareerInPodiatry.com Additional, information about the practice may be found at www.SierraFootAnkle.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW YORK 
 
Well rounded, hospital based, podiatry practice includes general podiatric pathology, sports medicine, surgery, and wound care/ limb salvage. Currently 4 DPMS and 3 offices. Large number of new patients monthly, digital x-rays, and EMR. Offices located 75 miles north of New York City, in the beautiful Hudson Valley. More affordable cost of living; great place to live. Excellent opportunity as 2 senior DPMs continue to cut down. Seeking an associate leading to potential partnership. Must have PM & S- 36 training. Please email CV to eriksims@hotmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY 
 
Multi-office podiatry practice in Central/Eastern Suffolk County seeks part time (possibly full-time) associate, leading to partnership. New York State license required.  Must be self-motivated and energetic. Competitive compensation package. Please email CV to newpodiatrist@optimum.net.
 
2017 GRADUATE ASSOCIATE POSITION - LONG ISLAND  
 
Expanding Long Island based, well rounded group practice seeks 2017 third and fourth year graduating residents or fellows to join our state-of-the-art practices. Our practices are affiliated with multiple hospital systems, surgical and wound care centers and a residency program. Requirements: Caring, ethical, board qualified/certified candidates with surgical training and leadership qualities who are willing to live/relocate to the Long Island, NY metro area. Email CV to: Drbrook@countryfootcare.com
 
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
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 16,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUBURB
 
Golden Opportunity- Gross is over $500,000.00 on only 2 days. Easily expanded to full time practice. Full mix of patients- private, Medicare, HMO. All phases of podiatry practiced- surgery, wound care, maintenance, biomechanical. Be your own boss. Interested parties send email to footguy1@pacbell.net
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - KANSAS  
 
looking to start your own practice, relocate? This successful KC metro area practice is a great opportunity for you. Patients scheduled. Fully equipped 1600 sq ft office. No Traknet license fee due-just assume monthly support fees. Seller will pay first month rent. Contact Mike Crosby at mcrosby518@gmail.com
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 16,500 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 16,500 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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