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May 23, 2017 #5,932 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

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Which Health Act is Better: ACA or AHCA (House Version)?

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
IL Podiatrist Discusses Falls Prevention
 
"Falls are the number one leading cause of death in the elderly," says podiatrist Dr. Kimberly Eickmeier of the Eickmeier Foot and Ankle Clinic. "Nearly half of the seniors who fall have a fracture and have a reduced activity level. Forty percent of nursing home patients will have a fall, which is quite devastating, and they will have complications which may lead to death."
 
Dr. Kimberly Eickmeier
 
To prevent falls, "there is a ankle brace that we can have them fitted for. It is low profile and thin, and fits under the pants. It helps get their balance back. It gives the nerves in their lower extremity feedback to their brain to redevelop their balance," says Eickmeier.
 
Source: Nancy Foreman, Illinoishomepage.net [5/19/17]
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PUBLISHED PODIATRISTS
AZ Podiatrist Publishes Book on Heel Pain
 
Plantar fasciitis afflicts as many as one in 10 Americans – with summer a high season for worsening symptoms and new cases, says Arizona foot-and-ankle surgeon Karen L. Smith, DPM, whose new book – Killing Heel Pain: Your Final Freedom from Plantar Fasciitis – reviews strategies for treating the condition. Her book is written especially for sufferers with limited or no healthcare coverage as well as those with great coverage but who have been discouraged by the condition's difficulty to treat.
 
Dr. Karen Smith
 
Dr. Smith offers tips to help you know when to see a physician and what to expect. She also explains how to get the most benefit from whatever your doctor recommends. “I cover the self-treatment homework that every person with plantar fasciitis should be doing - tips for immediate pain relief and what steps will start the healing process. Plantar fasciitis responds best to a comprehensive approach," Smith conveyed.
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MEETING NEWS
PRESENT Future of Regenerative Medicine Conference Is Multidisciplanary 
 
Podiatrists, plastic and orthopedic surgeons, and researchers in equal numbers gathered in Teaneck, NJ this weekend to work together in advancement of the exciting new field of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine, also known as cellular therapy, is defined as “the process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues, or organs and applying them therapeutically to restore or establish normal function or structure.
 
(Clockwise from upper left) Drs. Adam Anz (orthopedic surgeon), Anthony Atala (regenerative medicine) , Curtis Cetrulo, Jr. (plastic and reconstructive surgery), Robert Frykberg (podiatry), and Sheldon Lin (orthopedic surgeon)
 
Beyond the podiatrist-led, FDA-approved wound care therapeutics, a great variety of promising developing uses for regenerative cellular therapies were reported on, from hematology to orthopedics to urology to neurology. Exciting work was shown in the development of customized replacement organs and structures, including human trachea, bladders, and ureters. 
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
New Synthetic Cartilage Implant Can Reduce Recovery Time: IL Podiatrist
 
A new implant, called the Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant, received FDA approval about a year ago. The small implant looks like Jujube candies and is made from the same material as contact lenses. When packaged in saline, it feels like a pencil eraser, said Dr. Paul Kirchner, who serves as the chairman of the podiatry section at Silver Cross Hospital.
 
Dr. Paul Kirchner
 
Kirchner noted he was the first surgeon to use the new implant in Illinois after the FDA approved it about a year ago. Recovery from a normal bunionectomy can take as much as six weeks or even a few months; however, using the Cartiva implant, Kirchner said recovery can be in as little as two weeks. 
 
Source: The Herald-News [5/21/17]
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MACRA UPDATE
Providers Unprepared to Meet MACRA Guidelines Feel Sense of Urgency
 
For medical groups with either a lagging commitment to meaningful use or no EHR platform at all, the final MACRA rule provided the option of easing through 2017 with a light burden of compliance with MIPS metrics. But unprepared practices must exploit this year’s grace period, because otherwise the physician reimbursement program will leave them behind, warns Rob Tennant, health information technology policy director for Medical Group Management Association.
 
The big fear in policy circles is that the one in three physicians excluded from the first year of MIPS are going to “sit on their hands and do nothing,” says Lawrence Kocot, a partner at KPMG who heads its Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight. “This is definitely going to be a rude awakening for some physicians if they don’t use 2017 as a preparation year. They should start looking at how they should be reporting and how to get their technology set up for the MIPS program.”
 
Source: John Morrissey, Health Data Management [5/18/17]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Five Ways to Counteract Procrastination - Part 1
 
Throughout our lives, everyone on planet Earth, at one time or another, procrastinates. It is part of the human condition. Even high-achieving physicians, with demonstrated academic and professional excellence, procrastinate in some areas of their life, at least on occasion. Here are some suggestions to counteract procrastination:
 
1. Make a list of the tasks you would rather put off. These can be one-time tasks, recurring tasks, or small items that you prefer not to handle it all.
 
Source: Jeff Davidson, Physicians Practice [5/19/17]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Billing L4360 Without Patient Being Seen
 
If a patient was seen by their primary care physician, and told to come to our office for a boot (L4360), how would we go about billing this to the insurance company since they weren’t seen by any of the physicians in our office?
 
Cindy Whitesides, Austin, TX
 
Response: What you can or cannot do is dependent on the payer. For example, if this is a Medicare “patient” and you are a Medicare supplier, you can dispense DME and supplies…but only to your patients. You are designated a “physician supplier”. You cannot see patients from others referred to your office specifically for the purpose of having you dispense an AFO or walking boot. If you would like to be a commercial supplier (as opposed to physician supplier), you would need to be accredited and obtain a surety bond.
 
If this is a non-Medicare “patient”, the rules regarding your ability to dispense are specific to the payer and plans. You absolutely need to qualify your ability to dispense DME and supplies not only to “patients” referred to you for the purpose of you dispensing items, but also your own patients. For example, if the plan has a contract with a local supplier, the patient may be restricted to “pick up” orthoses or supplies with a prescription. Check with the individual payer.
 
Harry Goldsmith, DPM, Cerritos, CA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
 
I had the pleasure of knowing Kenny Canter from the early days of podiatric expansion in the VA. He built a model podiatric patient care and training program at the Minneapolis VA. He was one of those docs who worked in the trenches and devoted his career to serving patients and training residents without seeking credit or commendation. Nevertheless, his professional legacy will live on in those of us whose friendship he shared, and in those whom he taught and cared for. Rest in peace. 
 
Ron Sage, DPM, Maywood, IL 
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 1 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE – LONG ISLAND 
 
Unusual opportunity – You can lease storefront office from existing podiatrist in location for 30 year. Busy location Western Nassau County. Office is set up ready to practice. Great for expanding podiatrist. No money down. Rent for $2,700/ month. Favorable lease terms. No charts/records. Phone # is assignable Email rrranch7@yahoo.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – SOUTHWEST FL
 
30 year established practice in tropical SW Florida for sale. 3 year average gross 961K. Area is rapidly expanding for future potential growth. I can stay on for a transition if needed. Excellent opportunity for a financially qualified practitioner. You can contact me in confidence at swflfootcare@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - LOS ANGELES COUNTY 
 
Grossing 300k only 2.5 days/week, room for expansion. Digital x-ray, EMR, all aspects of podiatry with good payer mix. Located in medical center/hospital complex.  If interested, email: nathanterri@hotmail.com
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 16,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN 
 
Seeking part-time/full-time associate in a rapidly expanding medical practice. Requirements: 3-year residence training and Wisconsin License. Board Qual/Cert by the ABFAS. Interest/skill in all aspects of foot and ankle medicines & surgery with use of digital x-ray/electronic billing& EMR. Send inquiry & CV to Familyfootankleclinics@gmail.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - SYRACUSE, UTICA, AND SURROUNDING AREAS 
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Syracuse, Utica, and their surrounding areas.  Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Positions available immediately!  inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEW JERSEY 
 
Seeking a full-time and a part-time podiatrist for positions in a growing multi location podiatry practice in Burlington County, New Jersey. Track to partnership for the right individual. PSR 24/36, ABPS certified/qualified preferred. Send inquiry and CV to sjpodiatrist@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. LOUIS, MO
 
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 - NAPLES, FL 
 
Associate podiatrist Naples, Florida. PSR 24/36, ABFAS certified/qualified for surgical practice. Must have FL license.  Hospital privileges available. No HMOs, no nursing homes. Naples is upscale area and wonderful place to work and live. Prefer someone personable, hard-working and team player. Email CV draustin@gulfcoastfootcare.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - TENNESSEE, WEST TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, KANSAS CITY 
 
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.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - FREDERICK, MARYLAND 
 
State-of-the-art group practice seeks a well-trained and personable Podiatrist to join our group. Our practice has all of the bells and whistles you can imagine including scribes, EMR, Shoe store, DME and an in office surgery center. Hospital Emergency Room call is required. Must be confident in Trauma, Ankle Fractures and Diabetic Limb Salvage. We offer a very competitive salary, bonus structure and excellent benefits package. Please forward your CV and letter of intent with headline: Podiatrist Seeking Great Job Opportunity. mynewposition75@gmail.com
 
PODIATRIST NEEDED IMMEDIATELY – MONROE, NY
 
1-2 days office, 1-2 days adult home. Call 212-794-0089 or email pgreenberg@msn.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – FLORIDA 
 
Well-established mobile podiatric practice has openings in N. Orlando, Deland & Daytona Beach Florida!  This mobile based position is Monday thru Friday, no nights or weekends.  Our physicians must maintain active Medicare and Florida licenses.  We offer outstanding work-life balance, malpractice insurance and exceptional benefits (health, paid holidays, vacation, 401K retirement plan with company match).  Get back to practicing medicine!  CHS provides you with a Medical Assistant, Schedule Coordinator, and Experienced Podiatric Biller.  First year six figure salary guaranteed with RVU bonus structure after 90-days!  Most doctors earn over $150,000!  Join our fun, fast-growing company and email your CV:  psojobs@chsamerica.com!
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
 
Well-established podiatry practice, seeking full time podiatrist to see patients in multiple hospitals, wound care centers, and satellite offices. Must have graduated from an Accredited Medical School and completed Accredited Residency Program.  Competitive salary based on qualifications/experience and benefits package. Email resume and salary requirements to kmiko@hmapgh.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CONNECTICUT 
 
Wonderful opportunity for a dynamic, personable, and well-trained podiatrist for full-time or part-time position. Two-location practice for over 45 years. Unlimited growth potential with incentive. Need motivated and dedicated physician. Hospital privileges, available ER call, with podiatric residency. Send CV and cover letter vpappasdpm@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE  POSITION - LAS VEGAS 
 
Quality five doctor group seeks full-time podiatrist with excellent training and communication skills. Successful candidate will provide general podiatric care, foot and ankle surgery, peripheral nerve treatment, wound care and sports medicine in a collegial environment at the Foot, Ankle and Hand Center of Las Vegas. Las Vegas is a very livable city with a low cost of living, a variety of entertainment options and warm climate. Position is salaried with incentive bonus and paid time off. Nevada license is preferred but not required. Spanish language skills are beneficial. Interested? Forward resume to podfallcenter@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 
 
Highly respected, high referral, busy podiatric practice seeking a dedicated, hardworking, motivated candidate with an excellent bedside manner. Located on the campus of a major hospital with an excellent working relationship with the hospital administration and the orthopedic, vascular and plastic surgery providers. We’re seeking a long-term team player dedicated to providing high quality patient care. Must have a minimum of 3 years surgical residency training and comfortable with foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. We currently have 3 podiatric surgeons. Please send CV to: mitchell@waskin.com or call the practice administrator at (804) 320-3668 to arrange a phone meeting
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - MINNESOTA 
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in 15 nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities throughout Minnesota. Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MANHATTAN
 
Park Ave practice seeks long-term, part-time associate leading to partner. Private practice experience needed-to treat diverse diagnoses from DM, trauma to cosmetic procedures. Great working environment for bright, affable and adaptable practitioner.  Please email CV and cover letter to Healthyfeetny@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
 
Highly respected, high referral, busy podiatric practice seeking a dedicated, hardworking, motivated candidate with an excellent bedside manner. Located on the campus of a major hospital with an excellent working relationship with the hospital administration and the orthopedic, vascular and plastic surgery providers. We’re seeking a long-term team player dedicated to providing high quality patient care. Must have a minimum of 3 years surgical residency training and comfortable with foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. We currently have 3 podiatric surgeons. Please send CV to: mitchell@waskin.com  or call the practice administrator at (804) 320-3668 to arrange a phone meeting
 
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.  Must be willing to relocate to immediate area.   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 - UPSTATE SC 
 
Three doctor practice seeks PSR-24/36 associate. New office. Hospital and surgical center nearby. EMR in place. Located near lake and mountains between Charlotte and Atlanta. Must have SC license or sitting for June exam. Please send letter of interest and CV to docrose@bellsouth.net.
 
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