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July 23, 2018 #6,236 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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ABPM NEWS

ABPM Welcomes IL Podiatrist as New Board of Director

The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) has announced Coleen H. Napolitano, DPM as its newest Director (2018-2022). Dr. Napolitano will assume her position at the ABPM Annual Meeting of Members on Friday, November 9th, 2018.

Dr. Coleen Napolitano

The following current diplomates constitute the 2018-2019 ABPM Board of Directors: 

President: Gina M. Painter, DPM 
Vice President: Mitchell D. Shikoff, DPM
Treasurer: W.E. Chagares, DPM 
Secretary: Stephen M. Geller, DPM
Immediate Past President: Steven L. Goldman, DPM 
Directors: Nicole M. DeLauro, DPM, Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM, Lee C. Rogers, DPM, and Coleen H. Napolitano, DPM
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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
CT Podiatrist Discusses Heel Pain
 
Two common foot issues that runners experience include heel pain/plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Even though these conditions are all treatable, runners should not ignore any serious pain issues they experience when running or after they cross the finish line," says podiatrist Peter Bellezza, DPM. The treatment for heel pain is rest, ice, stretching and support. I recommend taking a break for a few weeks to help in your recovery. If you decide to continue and run, take it easy and reduce the number of miles. Avoiding hills is also a good idea, especially with tendonitis. Icing your foot can help reduce any damage; usually 20 minutes of ice should be enough.
 
Dr. Peter Bellezza
 
"Stretching calf muscles is another way to help treat these two issues since these muscles are all attached to the foot and the heel. Start off slowly with some gentle stretching a few times a day to ease back into your routine. Some runners have used a night splint to keep the foot in position overnight which keeps the tendons and plantar fascia from contracting," says Dr. Bellezza.
 
Source: The Bristol Press [7/16/18]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 1
GA Podiatrist Works with College Students on Diabetic Research
 
An unofficial motto of Berry College’s HackBerry Lab concerns failure. “We like to say we fail forward,” said Zane Cochran, founder of the lab and instructor at the college. One of the student groups will be tasked with remedying the foot problems of diabetic patients. Students will work with local podiatrist Stephan LaPointe, DPM, PhD, who has a doctorate in biomedical engineering, 
 
Dr. Stephan LaPointe
 
They will be presented with the issue of those with diabetes continuing to walk on their sore-covered feet without knowing because they can’t feel them, Cochran said. The goal is for students to spread awareness about the matter and use technology for human augmentation, alerting patients to the condition of their feet.
 
Source: Spencer Lahr, Northwest Georgia News [7/19/18]
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MEETING NEWS

The APMA National Held in DC

Podiatrists converged on the Washington, DC, area last week for the 2018 APMA Annual Scientific Meeting (The National). APMA Components presented lectures on everything from heel pain to sports injuries to vascular disease. Hands-on workshops covered minimally invasive surgical techniques, total contact casting, osteopathic manipulation, and more. Many of the podiatrists on hand were able to learn alongside their staff, who were attending the Assistants’ Program in conjunction with the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants. Future physicians got their first look at the profession during the Step Into Podiatry event for prospective students.

Prospective students attending the Step Into Podiatry event visited a surgical workshop.

“The meeting was, as usual, a celebration of the podiatric medical and surgical community,” said APMA President Dennis R. Frisch, DPM. Podiatry Management installed the two newest members of its Hall of Fame, young physicians gathered at a dedicated reception sponsored by the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and more than 100 runners and walkers supported the APMA Educational Foundation during the Team APMA 5K Run/Walk.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Four Reasons to Integrate EHR and Practice Management Software - Part 1
 
You have EHR software, and you have practice management software. But they aren’t on speaking terms. They don’t even speak the same language, and this language barrier may be doing more harm to your practice than you realize. Integrating these two systems can fix a lot of problems. If you’ve been hesitating to take the plunge, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t wait.
 
1. You’ll save time  - “Integrating medical records and practice management software cuts out a lot of duplicate effort,” says Laurie Morgan, a San Francisco-based senior consultant and partner with medical consulting firm Capko & Morgan. If your programs are not integrated, the billing staff has to re-key what providers have written or logged somewhere else.
 
Source: Avery Hurt, Physicians Practice [7/9/18]
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QUERIES (CLINICAL)
Query: Sézary Syndrome
 
Does anyone have experience treating patients with Sézary syndrome? My patient, the first one I've ever seen with this condition, has weeping lower extremity edema and hyperkeratosis on the soles of his feet. Any input is appreciated.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 1A
From: Al Musella, DPM
 
This might be the opportunity to get rid of the crazy rules for foot care. Perhaps we should work with CMS to create a podiatry specific G code which includes a subsequent visit, treatment of nails, corns and calluses as well as prescriptions for creams or shoes and is paid at the level of the "subsequent visit" code for MDs. Remove all of the nonsense about class findings, non-covered services, 60-day global period, and the need for us to send patients to their MD every 6 months.  
 
We might get paid a little less per patient, but it would remove so many headaches, it would be worth it. It would also greatly reduce fraud and abuse and unfair competition. Many of my patients tell me they have always been covered under Medicare when I tell them they are not covered.
 
Al Musella, DPM, Hewlett, NY 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 1B
From: Keith L. Gurnick, DPM
 
"Shockingly, CMS wants to create podiatry-specific G codes for E/M."
 
This is probably so that CMS and any other insurance company computers will be programmed to immediately distinguish a "Podiatry" E/M "G" level service from that billed by any other provider billing for the same level E/M service. Podiatry will be contracted at a lower rate. To me, this seems like a bad idea and is discriminatory. The same level E/M code should be paid based on payment allowance for that specific level of coding, not based on the medical specialty. Now, on the other hand, if they are going to pay podiatry more for the same level "G" E/M code, I am just fine with that.
 
I ask PM News readers, what are the chances of that happening? Will "G" codes only be for Medicare? Will we be allowed to append a G code with a -25 modifier like we can do with an E/M code, when applicable? It looks like we got more trouble right here in River City.
 
Keith L. Gurnick, DPM, Los Angeles, CA
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SALINAS, CALIFORNIA 
 
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ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – NJ, NY, PA, KY, IA, TX, MO  
 
A provider of high quality podiatric care in nursing facilities is looking for podiatrists to treat patients in PA, NY, KY, IA, and MO. 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 - 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
 
MOBILE PODIATRISTS NEEDED - LOS ANGELES, CA
 
Full Time Position available for podiatrists to visit home bound patients in the LA area and surrounding areas. Excellent compensation, flexible schedule, dedicated office support staff, cloud based EHR system.  Email CV to: homefootcare@hotmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - UPSTATE NY 
 
Rapidly growing practice seeks associate to join 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 – BOSTON  NORTH
 
Looking for a full-time podiatric surgeon in a very busy practice. Offering competitive salary. We treat a wide range of patients to include: forefoot, rear foot, diabetic care, sports medicine and other related injuries. New surgeon will not be responsible for nails and calluses. Board qualified/Board Certified for consideration. Great surgical skills. Looking for a candidate to further build the surgical practice. Please e-mail C.V.  to nefootankle@newenglandfootandankle.com
 
ASSOCIATE/PARTNERSHIP POSITION – SOUTHERN WV/VA 
 
Full time position immediately available. Busy multi-office 7-physician practice. Must be board qualified/certified. Please respond to staff@drfootpain.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
 
FULL-TIME PODIATRIST NEEDED – WHITEVILLE, NC (WILMINGTON AREA)
 
Busy practice wants to recruit a PSR-trained podiatrist for full-time partnership position. Multi-dimensional practice treating a wide range of patients including: forefoot, rear-foot, diabetic wound care, office-based and hospital-based surgery, sports medicine and work-related injuries. Modern practitioner-owned 3,000 sq ft building/office and equipment, including c-arm, digital x-ray, ultrasound, infra-red, Neurogenix, shockwave, etc. Great opportunity for driven personable individual with opportunity for high income. The position is available immediately. Opportunity to live in a nice area that is growing and still has a small-town appeal. Please e-mail cover letter, CV, and references Email: peacockdpm@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - QUEENS, MANHATTAN, BRONX,  NY
 
Entry Level full-time podiatry position in group practice with salary starting at $100,000 first year and second year $125,000 with bonus structure. Includes malpractice, stipend for CME, license, etc., 401k, partial payment of medical insurance. Must be willing to travel to all locations. Please email resume to contactus@starrettpodiatry.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL KENTUCKY 
 
This town is home to outstanding college, an hour away from metropolitan market and has a friendly provider environment. Opportunity to build on strong patient base with surgery and in-office dispensing. Competitive salary and benefit package. Contact: MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NORTHERN, CALIFORNIA 
 
We are looking for an associate for a part time or full time position. We are a two office/two wound care center group that is looking for a board eligible/board certified individual. Located in San Jose, Los Gatos California. All phases of podiatry including surgical/ortho/palliative patient load. Great staff many have been with the practice over 20 years!  Including EMR, digital x-ray, ultrasound, regenerative medicine, shockwave & wound care. Associateship and practice buy-in potential for the right person. Please sent CV to Lerman.brucei@gmail.com
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - FRANKLIN SQUARE, LONG ISLAND 
 
Great opportunity for turn-key office, 8 years old, aesthetically pleasant, ideal for continued expansion or new grad, great potential, accepts all major insurances, two treatment rooms, one DME room, all aspects of foot & ankle care, large parking lot and high visibility. Low overhead, reasonable rent, long-term lease avail. Will assist with transition. Contact: WPerez1000@gmail.com
 
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30 years. Modern Office. Northern NJ, Passaic County. No Medicaid. Fully equipped, 3 treatment rooms, digital X-ray. Priced to sell quickly. Email to ToeBizCenter@yahoo.com
 
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