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January 11, 2018 #6,099 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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IN YOUR MAILBOX SOON

We've just mailed the January 2018 issue of Podiatry Management. The cover story is titled "Gearing up for 2018"In addition, you'll find our usual assortment of features, including our columns and a CPME-approved CME.

January 2018 Podiatry Management
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PODIATRISTS AND POLITICS
NE Podiatrist Again Fights to Retain Motorcycle Helmet Law
 
Four days into the legislative session, Nebraska lawmakers have picked up a familiar debate about the state’s helmet law. Senators spent Monday afternoon debating Legislative Bill 368, which would allow motorcycle riders age 21 and older to ride without helmets, as long as they have eye protection. Last year the bill, introduced by State Sen. John Lowe of Kearney, failed to overcome a filibuster by one vote. 
 
Dr. Robert Hilkemann
 
Sen. Robert Hilkemann, a retired Omaha podiatrist who led the filibuster last year, stood in opposition to the bill again. He said removing the helmet requirement would make riding motorcycles less safe. “These helmets can often mean somebody coming home,” said Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha. “It’s important to me that every Nebraskan has an opportunity to come home to their families.”
 
Source: Emily Nitcher, World-Herald Bureau [1/9/18]
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PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW
TN Podiatrist to be Sentenced After 16 Month Scheme to Defraud Medicare
 
A Murfreesboro podiatrist will be sentenced to prison later this month. 51 Year old John J. Cauthon, DPM of Murfreesboro, TN., was convicted in 2017 by a federal jury on four counts of healthcare fraud involving a 16-month scheme to defraud Medicare and other healthcare benefit programs, announced Donald Q. Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. The convictions came after a two-week trial before United States Chief District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. Cauthon was also acquitted of three counts of healthcare fraud. 
 
Source: WGNS News Radio [1/8/18]
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
Allscripts to Acquire Practice Fusion 
 
Allscripts recently announced it will acquire Practice Fusion EHR in a $100 million cash deal in an effort to further expand its reach into ambulatory care settings.
 
Practice Fusion and its EHR technology will complement Allscripts existing ambulatory clinical portfolio as a value offering to accommodate under-served clinicians in small and individual physician practices. Established in 2005, Practice Fusion currently supports 30,000 ambulatory practices and assists providers with 5 million patients visits per month.
 
Source: Kate Monica, EHR Intelligence [1/8/18]
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MEDICARE NEWS
CMS Launches New Voluntary Bundled-Payment Model
 
The CMS announced Tuesday a new voluntary bundled-payment model that will be considered an advanced alternative payment model under MACRA. The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced Model includes 32 clinical-care episodes that providers can choose from, 29 of which are in the inpatient setting and three in the outpatient setting. 
 
The new model is the first advanced APM to be introduced by the Trump administration. The first cohort will begin Oct. 1. The model performance period will run through Dec. 31, 2023. Under the model, clinician payment will be based on quality performance during a 90-day episode of care. Participants must select at least one of the 32 clinical episodes to apply to the model. Some of the clinical episodes are major joint replacement, percutaneous coronary intervention provided in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and spinal fusion. 
 
Source: Maria Castellucci, Modern Healthcare [1/9/18] 
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
What You Need to Know About MSOs - Part 6
 
6.  What are compliance risks associated with MSO arrangements?
 
Failing to comply with CPOM rules can, among other consequences, subject physicians to potential discipline by the applicable state licensing board for aiding/abetting the unauthorized practice of the medicine. Non-compliant arrangements can also result in the denial of reimbursement or recoupment of fees previously paid to the physician practice by third-party payors. Some states also impose fines on parties involved, or aiding/abetting the unauthorized practice of medicine.
 
Source: Yulian Shtern, Esq and Leonard Lipsky, Esq, Physicians Practice [12/28/17]

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Difficulty Getting Local Anesthetics
 
Does anyone know why I am having trouble getting Marcaine, Carbocaine, and Xylocaine (proprietary or generic)? I am being told there is a back order and it will be several months. No one seems to know why.
 
Sam Bell, DPM, Schenectady, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
RE: NYSPMA Efforts to Ensure the Future Viability Of Podiatry
From: Paul Liswood, DPM 
 
There is often discussion on PM News regarding the future viability of podiatry. The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) has taken an aggressive and proactive approach to strengthen podiatry and ensure our members will have opportunities and succeed in new healthcare realities. NYSPMA retained Navigant, a nationally recognized healthcare consulting firm to investigate the New York State health goals and prevention agenda, and find ways for podiatry to show value in helping the state achieve its health objectives. Navigant then preformed an extensive data analysis on commercially available claims data to support podiatry’s value in improving outcomes, reducing hospitalizations, and lowering healthcare costs in the treatment of diabetics, obese patients, as well as preventing falls and reducing opioid use when patients are under our care.  
 
NYSPMA will be using this information in its dealing with legislators, department of health regulators, insurance medical directors, health systems, advocacy groups and the public to help pass legislation, propose healthcare policies favorable to podiatry and our patients, and increase the demand and appreciation for the services we provide. Podiatry needs to be recognized as essential care providers and important members of the healthcare team who improve public health, prevent complications and hospitalizations, and lower healthcare costs. We will be sharing more about this important initiative with our members at our clinical conference in Manhattan next week.
 
Paul Liswood, DPM, President Elect, NYSPMA
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP
NY Podiatrist Comments on Gross Medical Video
 
A video posted to Reddit will captivate even the most jaded fans of gross medical videos. To get an expert's take on the mysterious object, INSIDER spoke with podiatrist Dr. Hillary Brenner. She stressed that it's impossible to identify the object from a video alone, but she  suggested it could be a wood splinter.
 
Foreign object and Dr. Hillary Brenner
 
Brenner told INSIDER that she has seen foreign objects puncture the skin of the foot in one place and come out in a completely different location. Though she hasn't personally witnessed an object come out through the top of the foot, she said it was possible this particular thorn/splinter went through the bottom of the foot and worked its way to the top. She also took note of the golden pus that's visible near the 1:07 mark. "That's [a sign of] an infection that  has been brewing," Brenner said. "It has been in there for a long time."
 
Source: Caroline Praderio, INSIDER [12/21/17]
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
PODIATRIST FOR HOUSECALLS - NJ 
 
Well established and fast growing Housecall podiatry practice (www.homefootcareservices.com ) is looking for full-time or part-time podiatrist  to do house-calls for home-bound patients in  New Jersey. We are looking for hard-working, energetic and compassionate doctor.  Please email resume to lana.raginsky@homefootcareservices.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 – 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.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
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.
 
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 
 
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