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January 10, 2018 #6,098 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
MN Podiatrist Uses New Synthetic Cartilage Arthritis Procedure
 
An exciting new procedure for people with severe arthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint, located on the big toe, has arrived in Grantsburg. Hallux limitus affects up to 44 percent of the population over the age of 80. Vince Simone, DPM of Maplewood Podiatry, has performed this surgery several times, including operations at the Burnett Medical Center. He said this procedure cuts recovery time in half.
 
Dr. Vince Simone
 
“The procedure first involves removing all arthritic and non-viable bone that has developed around the joint,” Simone said. “The appropriately sized implant is then determined based on the size of the 1st metatarsal head.” Next with the help of an x-ray machine, a guide pin is inserted into the first metatarsal to properly align the placement of the implant. Simone said  that the implant acts as a spacer between the arthritic joints. It’s made of polyvinyl alcohol, the same material as a contact lens. 
 
Source: Jonathan Richie, Burnett County Sentinel [1/7/18]
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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE

IA Podiatrist Provides Cold Weather Running Advice

Dr. Mark Lucas, a podiatrist in Bettendorf and an avid runner of 38 years, stressed the importance of wearing face masks and quality footwear when running in the cold and on icy surfaces.

Dr. Mark Lucas

Neck gaiters that cover the nose and mouth, he said, help runners heat and humidify the cold, dry air they inhale. He also advocates for the use of thicker socks, as long as they don’t make the shoes too tight, restricting blood flow. Another strategy, he suggested, is to wear slightly bigger shoes to accommodate heavier socks.

Source: Jack Cullen, Quad-City Times [1/5/18] 

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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
MEGAComfort Showcases Energysole Doctor-Designed Smart Insole at CES
 
At the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), MEGAComfort, a leading Occupational Health and Wellness company focused on work-life wellness solutions, announced a new generation of Energysole®. Designed to support users 24/7, both in the workplace and their everyday lives, Energysole is a comfortable, smart insole that uses ImpactSense Technology to provide highly accurate data, such as a pronation and supination analysis, a proprietary movement score, and more, directly from the soles of users’ feet.
 
Dr. Kevan Orvitz
 
“As a practicing podiatrist with more than 20 years in the field, I know that feet are the foundation of the body, carrying the burden of weight while supporting the knees, back, and hips. If feet are not properly cared for, the result is damage to the body that escalates over time,” said Dr. Kevan Orvitz, founder and CEO of MEGAComfort.
 
Source: Globe Newswire [1/8/18]
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FROM PM's CURRENT ISSUE
Several times 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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HEALTHCARE NEWS
Gabapentin Prescriptions Surge Amid Opioid Crisis
 
Prescriptions for nerve pain medicines like gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica) have more than tripled in recent years, driven by increased use among chronically ill older adults and patients already taking opioids, a U.S. study suggests. The proportion of US adults prescribed gabapentin and other drugs in the same family of medicines climbed from 1.2% in 2002 to 3.9% by 2015, a period that also saw a surge in opioid overdoses and deaths.
 
The drug class, known as gabapentinoids, includes gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant) and pregabalin. “Nearly 1 in 25 adults takes a gabapentinoid during a year, which matters because we have little data to support much use of this drug class and minimal data to support the long-term safety of the medications,” said study author Dr. Michael Johansen of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens.
 
Source: Reuters Health News via MDLinx [1/8/18]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
What You Need to Know About MSOs - Part 5
 
5. How does the CPOM prohibition limit practice management arrangements between physician practices and MSOs?
 
In some states, the CPOM prohibition limits the types of compensation arrangements that are permissible between MSOs and physician practices. For example, New York prohibits physicians from entering into a "fee splitting" compensation arrangement with an MSO, where the MSO is compensated based on a percentage of the physician practice's income or receipts. In all cases, however, compensation paid to an MSO must be fair-market value for the services provided by the MSO.
 
Source: Yulian Shtern, Esq and Leonard Lipsky, Esq, Physicians Practice [12/28/17]
READY FOR 2018!!
 
The New, Revised, More Inclusive 2018 Podiatry Coding Manual 
From Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC
 
It is fully updated. It has been streamlined to allow for easier access and reference. It contains the most up to date information to aid in coding and billing for appropriate reimbursement and documentation to support what was billed. You will again see why so many podiatry offices across the country refer to this book as their “Bible” when it comes to billing, coding, and documentation.
Only $125 including shipping!!!
Available in Book and Flash Drive Formats
To order by credit card, just access the website drmikethecoder.com
No credit card? No problem. Just mail a check or money order to: 
Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC, 2027 Bayside Ave, Mount Dora, FL 32757

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: The Passing of Ivan Abrahamson, DPM

I had the pleasure and privilege, back in the mid to late '70s and beyond, to participate and work with Ivan and the Queens County Podiatry Society. We even co-authored a published article on minimal incison removal of a dorsal talar exostosis. Dr. Abrahamson was always a gentleman. He was a kind and caring man who was a credit to the profession of podiatry. He will be missed.

Larry Kobak, DPM, JD

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2
RE: Historical Perspective on Podiatry
From: Bruce Lebowitz, DPM
 
Since retiring, I have become a docent at a Johns Hopkins museum. As such, I have learned a great deal of history. When I entered classes at MJ Lewi Podiatry school, I learned that in 1912 organized medicine had ignored the foot. Dr. Lewi helped create the school in order to fill the gap. I’ve now learned more about the state of medical care in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
Johns Hopkins University and medical school were founded at the end of the 19th century as a result of Mr. Hopkins' will which allotted some 71/2 million dollars toward that end. Nevertheless, the U.S. economy took a fall at the same time, making it impossible to get the school off the ground. As it turned out, the Hopkins board found a donor willing to shell out the extra millions. Mrs. Garrett, a wealthy philanthropist, donated the funds with a couple of strings attached. One, women would have to be admitted every year. Second, there would have to be students accepted who had achieved academically in college.
 
She did this because she well knew the state of medical care in this country was awful. She knew too that there were American medical schools graduating doctors who could not read or write. So, podiatry began out of need around the same time as academic medicine did. How’s that for parity? 
 
Bruce Lebowitz, DPM, Baltimore, MD
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 1 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NEW YORK (BROOME COUNTY, NEAR BINGHAMTON)
 
Well established, 37 year practice. No 3rd party Insurance! Patients pay at time of service. Work 3-4 days/week with average gross $675K/year through 2016. Practice emphasis is biomechanics, using video & in-shoe pressure mapping analysis; & onychomycosis treatment using PinPointe laser. Office and equipment modern & high quality. Ready to retire, so make a reasonable offer.  Reply to: uniquepractice@gmail.com 
 
PRACTICES WANTED 
 
Buying podiatry practices in Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, NYC, New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia, and South Carolina. Looking to buy podiatry practices large, small, rural or urban. Podiatrists who are looking to retire soon or in the near future, or wanting to join a larger group to handle business operations can contact us at podiatrymanagementinc@gmail.com. Competitive compensation and benefits package for those who would like to sell and work within the larger company.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 1 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NEW YORK (BROOME COUNTY, NEAR BINGHAMTON)
 
Well established, 37 year practice. No 3rd party Insurance! Patients pay at time of service. Work 3-4 days/week with average gross $675K/year through 2016. Practice emphasis is biomechanics, using video & in-shoe pressure mapping analysis; & onychomycosis treatment using PinPointe laser. Office and equipment modern & high quality. Ready to retire, so make a reasonable offer.  Reply to: uniquepractice@gmail.com 
 
PRACTICES WANTED 
 
Buying podiatry practices in Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, NYC, New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia, and South Carolina. Looking to buy podiatry practices large, small, rural or urban. Podiatrists who are looking to retire soon or in the near future, or wanting to join a larger group to handle business operations can contact us at podiatrymanagementinc@gmail.com. Competitive compensation and benefits package for those who would like to sell and work within the larger company.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PENNSYLANIA 
 
Great part-time opportunity for a board qualified / certified podiatrist. Some office-based experience and an outgoing personality a must. Located in Doylestown Pennsylvania. Digital radiology, EMR, 3D orthotic scanning and on-site therapy.  If you love working with great people and patients then send us your CV now!!! info@qualityfootcare.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  
 
Very busy practice seeking a full-time, self-motivated and hard-working podiatry associate. Competitive salary offered. Please email CV to: podiatrists@icloud.com
 
PODIATRIST  NEEDED - HADDON HEIGHTS, NJ
 
Well-rounded surgically trained board qualified/certified doctor needed for busy south Jersey practice. Includes hospital work and 2 locations. Must have business sense, a cheerful personality and bedside manner, follow protocols in place, and possess good communication skills.  Practice encompasses all aspects of podiatry. Competitive package. Email CV to hhfootdoc@gmail.com.
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - UPSTATE NEW YORK/LAKE GEORGE AREA
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Upstate New York/Lake George and vicinity.  Great opportunity for part-time income. Positions available immediately!  Send inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Physicians Footcare is a multi-doctor, multi-location practice currently seeking a highly skilled, personable, and hardworking physician to join our TEAM. South Carolina License is necessary and next exam is June 2018.  Exam application must be submitted 90 days prior to exam date.  If you are ready to earn a comfortable six figure salary; send letter of interest and CV to: scdpmjobs@gmail.com
 
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 – TAMPA, FLORIDA 
 
KG Health Partners is one of the oldest and largest podiatric and wound care practices in Florida.  We have a territory opening in the Tampa area for a mobile podiatric physician.  Physicians must maintain active Medicare and Florida licenses.  Covered expenditures include; Malpractice insurance, medical supplies and travel allowance.  Exceptional benefits include; paid holidays, vacation, health insurance and 401K retirement plan with company match.  Salary with RVU Bonus Structure.  Email CV to kgadmin@kghealthpartners.com
 
2018 GRADUATE ASSOCIATE POSITION - LONG ISLAND
 
Country Foot Care, a Long Island based, well-rounded multiple office group practice seeks 2018 third and fourth year graduating residents or fellows to join our state-of-the-art practices in July. 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. Compensation includes biweekly salary, a generous bonus schedule, malpractice and health insurance, paid holidays and PTO. We invite all interested doctors to email their CV to DrLeeb@countryfootcare.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - HOUSTON, TX 
 
Established, growing multi office, multi doctor practice seeking PSR-36 board certified/qualified foot and ankle surgeon. Must be personable, outgoing and motivated with excellent clinical and surgical skills. Practice is protocol-based, state-of-the-art equipped with the latest technologies and cutting-edge procedures with an extremely competent staff. Send CV, salary requirements to faajobs@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - HARTFORD CONNECTICUT 
 
Great Opportunity: A well-established four doctor practice is looking for a personable, well trained individual to join us in July 2018.  You must be comfortable with all phases of podiatric practice and have three years of surgical training. Board Eligible/Certified.  You will assume the patient care of a retiring partner.  Competitive salary and benefits.  Partnership potential.  Forward your resume to “I am your new associate” at jsk506@aol.com or fax 860-721-6395
 
FULL TIME ASSOCIATE – MANHATTAN 
 
Full-time associate wanted for dynamic surgically oriented multi state practice based out of Manhattan and ever expanding. Applicant must be BQ/BE PM&S 36 or equivalently trained and must have active NY and NJ (or able to qualify to obtain) licensure. Applicant must be team oriented, flexible and personable. Will suit someone looking for a long term position with opportunity to grow in the future. Please send inquiries to daria.nichiforova@deloorpodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BROOKLYN, NY 
 
Excellent, growing podiatry practice is seeking a full time podiatrist to add to our current 2 podiatrists. Excellent compensation for qualified candidates. Please send resume to Metropolitanfootcare@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – CENTRAL NEW JERSEY 
 
Large central NJ orthopedic practice looking for full-time podiatrist with interest in wound care, diabetes, and general footcare. Rearfoot/Ankle training not required. Upcoming 2018 grads and established podiatrists can apply. Must be willing to grow podiatry practice with the ability to maintain and attract patients. Must be willing to live in area as the candidate will actively participate in hospital call and be responsible for inpatient rounds. Please send cv to sdonaruma@midjerseyortho.com
 
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