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December 10, 2018 #6,326 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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APMA STATE COMPONENT NEWS
NY Podiatrist Receives 2nd Annual Ronald Soave Award  
 
On December 6, 2018 at the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) downstate meeting, Paul Liswood, DPM was presented with the second Ronald L. Soave, DPM, FACFAS Integrity and Excellence in Podiatry Award. The inscription on the award reads as follows: "In recognition for your time and dedication to the podiatric profession and for your outstanding leadership in the NYSPMA". The award was presented by Kings Division president Dr. Corrine Renne Landau and Dr. Soave.

Drs. Corrine Renne Landau, Paul Liswood, and Ronald Soave
 
Dr. Liswood, the current president of NYSPMA, played an integral role in podiatry's recent victory against a CMS proposal which would have discriminated against podiatrists by creating separate G codes for E/M billing. Numerous podiatrists in attendance showered him with well deserved accolades. 
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Nail Salons Put Patients at Risk for Infections: TX Podiatrist
 
A trip to the salon for a day of pampering is meant to do the body well, but when cosmetologists aren’t following regulations, they could be putting your body at risk. As experts explain, when sanitary procedures aren’t followed, serious health issues can arise, but there are a few things you can look out for before sitting in the chair. David Andreone, DPM, a podiatrist at UT Health East Texas, says he frequently treats clients for infections they've picked up at nail salons. 
 
Dr. David Andreone
 
“[The] Last one I had was about a week ago; it’s pretty common,” says Dr. Andreone. “Fungal infections, bacteria like Staph, Strep, E.coli, and, Pseudomonas. You have to be aware of the environment that you’re in when you go to a nail salon like that.” He adds that in some severe cases, he has even had to amputate when the infection reached the bone.
 
Source: Brionna Rivers, KLTV [12/6/18] 
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PODIATTRISTS AND POLITICS
IN Podiatrist is Mayor of Her Hometown For Second Time
 
When Patricia Moore, DPM was just a teen, she was a member of Buchanan High School’s student council. As part of the governing student body, Moore got the chance to visit City Hall and help run a city commissioner meeting.
 
Dr. Patricia Moore
 
The impact of the experience must have stuck, because Moore has been running commissioner meetings for nearly 15 years; this time, however, in the official capacity as a city leader. She has served as commissioner since 2004, and for the second time, Moore has also been selected as Buchanan’s mayor. Outside of her work as mayor, Moore is a podiatrist and has run her own private practice, Patricia Moore DPM, for more than 30 years in South Bend and Buchanan.
 
Source: Kelsey Harmon, Leader Publications [12/4/18]
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MEETING NEWS
Talar/Nolaro 24 Holds Masters Seminar
 
This past weekend, over 70 attendees came together from all over the country in Dallas, TX for a unique seminar. Leading podiatric physicians in the country including Michelle Butterworth, DPM, Joe Southerland, DPM, Brian Carpenter, DPM, Pat DeHeer, DPM, Louis, DeCaro, DPM, and Ross Taubman, DPM discussed what they  are doing to achieve great patient outcomes.
 
Attendees at Talar/Nolaro24 Seminar
 
At the Masters class, not only did attendees learn what practitioners are doing, but they were  provided with the information on how to do it. They received hands-on training as well as  compliance documentation/guidelines that are needed to use these new techniques.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
How Not to Start a Successful Startup - Part 5
 
Here are some critical elements that are sometimes missing when beginning a startup:
 
5. No CEO - A critical component in the company’s success can be attributed to the CEO and the leadership team. For many investors, the CEO and team’s capabilities are the first, and often most important criterion they evaluate.
 
Founders with a great idea are not automatically great CEOs. It takes a person with vision, know-how, focus, and a growth mindset. The CEO must have the ability to make decisions under stress and know how to keep score (revenues and profits). A great CEO knows the development phases of the business and is able to make adjustments and to meet the challenges of each phase with the team. A talented CEO and team determine the success of the company.
 
Source: Nick Hernandez, Physicians Practice [11/29/18]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Coding for Radiographs
 
How do I code for both the taking and reading of an x-ray in our office? For example, would CPT 73620 -RT, -26 be correct? Is there reason to be concerned about the professional and technical components?
 
Julie Hoffman, Worthington, MN
 
Response: The coding for the x-ray technical and professional component would be 736_0 with a modifier of LT or RT depending which foot was radiographed. There is a modifier for Medicare if the x-ray is not a “DR” x-ray processing, -FX for film and -FY for “CR”. The professional component modifier is not necessary if the x-ray is taken and reviewed in the same doctor’s office, as I think you described.
 
Donald Blum, DPM, JD, Dallas, Texas
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1
RE: The Passing of Henry P. Merletti, DPM
 
It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of NYSPMA Life Member and Past President Henry Merletti, DPM of Niagara Falls.
 
Dr. Henry Merletti
 
"Hank" was very active with the association for years and with NYCPM and we appreciate all of his contributions to the association and the podiatry profession. Our thoughts are with his family including his son Ted who is also an NYSPMA member.
 
New York State Podiatric Medical Association
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 2
RE: The Passing of Thomas Suerdieck, DPM
 
A private committal with military honors is being planned for Dr. Thomas Suerdieck who passed away peacefully this past weekend in Aptos, California. He had recently celebrated his 93rd birthday. 
 
Dr. Thomas Suerdieck
 
Dr. Suerdieck practiced for more than 20 years in Mattoon, Illinois. During this time, he was active in the local Knights of Columbus and Elks. He relocated his family to San Jose, California in the 1970s, and retired in Aptos with his beloved wife of 64 years, Betty.
 
Source: Journal Gazette & Times-Courier [12/7/18]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Elliot Udell DPM
 
Dr. Kass posts an interesting question. Are we practicing out of scope by diagnosing DVT since in most cases the problem is deep to the calf? Are we as podiatrists not legally bound to evaluate and diagnose peripheral vascular disease which could impact a patient foot even though we are testing above the ankle? Many of us have vascular testing equipment in our offices.
 
In our practice, if we suspect DVT, we send the patient to a vascular lab for a Doppler study and if the results indicate a thrombosis, we refer the patient to his or her internist or cardiologist for further treatment, which could range from Coumadin to some of the other oral blood thinners that are sadly advertised on television every night. The diagnosis of DVT is definitely in our ball park, but the treatment could be out of scope, irrespective of the location of the actual lesion. I would love to hear from practitioners in states where the scope of podiatry extends to the knee, if they are routinely prescribing blood thinners for DVT in veins deep to the calf. 
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Used by moonshiners to avoid being tracked.

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Source: Submitted by Dr. Tip Sullivan

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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY 
 
Multi-office podiatry practice in Central/Eastern Suffolk County seeks full/part 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
 
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Join the Group and Limb Preservation team. Must be trained in Limb Preservation and completed PMSR/RRA residency. Send CV to podiatricri@yahoo.com.
 
ASSOCIATE NEEDED - NEW JERSEY/PHILADELPHIA AREA 
 
Doctor needed to take over busy existing patient load. Multifaceted work. NJ license mandatory. Highly Competitive package. Please email sjfootdoctor1@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ORANGE COUNTY, CA 
 
Busy practice looking for a bilingual, Spanish speaking, part or full-time associate for a multi-office practice. Both Non-surgical & PSR-24-36 Board qualified/certified foot and ankle physicians and/or fellowship trained surgeons wanted. Candidate must be personable, outgoing and motivated with excellent bedside manner with ability to be busy from day one. Must be competent in all areas of conservative, wound care and surgical treatments of the foot and ankle. Competitive salary offered. Email CV to:  ocfootdoc27@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TUCSON/ SOUTHERN ARIZONA
 
Busy practice. Medical, surgical and wound care, with hospital call. Board eligible w/ good surgical skills .Ethical and motivated. Busy now w/ excellent growth potential. Base salary w/ incentives.  email your CV to associatessaz@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA 
 
Relocate to Santa Cruz, California to enjoy your profession and your life. We are a podiatric group seeking a forefoot/rearfoot surgically trained podiatrist. The practice covers all aspects of podiatry. We offer a highly competitive salary and many perks including healthcare and 401k. Contact us at: thefootdocs@outlook.com  
 
FULL-TIME or PART-TIME PODIATRIST - DALLAS/FORT WORTH AREA 
 
PSR 24-36 Trained Multi-dimensional, Multi-office group treating a wide range of patients to include: forefoot, rearfoot, diabetic wound care, sports medicine and work-related injuries. A great opportunity for driven personable individual. Please e-mail CV, Letter of references, 1 minute Video Introduction Email: cnunez1940@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE WANTED – NEW JERSEY 
 
Looking for full-time podiatry associate in East Orange, NJ. Associated with Wound Center. Competitive Salary and benefits. Looking for someone interested in long term arrangement, with buy in option in 2 years. Send CV and cover letter to  drfoot44@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - EL PASO, TX 
 
If your passion is to enhance people's independence and quality of life through helping them improve their mobility, then a career as a Preferred Podiatry Group podiatrist could be for you. Flexibility, autonomy, resources - they're all yours! Oh, and did we mention that there's very high earning potential based on patient volume? Please send an email to recruiting@PPGpc.com if you're interested in learning more about PPG podiatric care for residents in long term care homes.
 
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 e-mail resume to: Medicalofficeinquiry@gmail.com, or call: 516-902-1073
 
MULTI-LOCATION GROUP - CHICAGO/NEAR WEST SUBURBS 
 
Seeking F.T. ABFAS Board Certified/Eligible associate- P.T. available. MINIMUM 2 year practice experience required. Surgical/ortho patients. Great staff. DME, MIS, EMR, ultrasound, PRP, shockwave, digital x-ray, laser, sx center & Physical Therapy- Top pay, associateship & practice equity available for experienced candidates. Contact podiatryoffer@gmail.com
 
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