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February 20, 2018 #6,127 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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AT THE COLLEGES
New Strideway 5 in Gait Lab at NYCPM Helps to "See" How Patients Walk 
 
Thanks to a generous donation that was directed to the Gait Lab by a grateful patient of alumnus Joseph D’Amico, DPM, NYCPM Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics, the Gait Lab has acquired Strideway 5. This is a new system that enables our clinicians to gain valuable insight into underlying gait abnormalities, inefficiencies, or imbalances that might otherwise go undetected, a system described by Jeffrey J. Cusack, DPM (’81), Assistant Professor of Orthopedics, who runs the Gait Lab, as a “force plate on steroids.” 
 
Zach Weyandt  '19 demonstrates how patients walk on Strideway 5’s force plate.
 
By linking a two-plane simultaneous digital capture of the patient walking across the platform, according to Dr. Cusack, Strideway 5 provides real time kinetic, temporal, and spatial gait parameters, as well as pressure and force data, facilitating comprehensive gait analysis in both clinical and research environments. 
 
Source: Jeffrey J. Cusack, DPM, Footprints [Vol 5, No. 1]
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PODIATRISTS AND DIABETES
CT Podiatrist is Co-Director of Amputation Prevention Program
 
A new program at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, aimed at helping people at risk of losing a limb to amputation, is taking shape. The L+M program assembled a team of podiatrists, radiologists, cardiologists, surgeons, and internal medicine specialists from across the Yale New Haven Health System who began seeing patients in Groton in November.
 
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"There's the economic impact of it, there's the social impact — (not only) for society but also for the individual," said Dr. Carlos Mena, who co-directs the program with Yale New Haven Hospital podiatrist Peter Blume, DPM. "Think of a guy who's 50 years old who supports a family, who suddenly loses his limb and no longer can work. On an individual basis, you just affected that family in a dramatic fashion. (On a) societal basis, that guy who is no longer working is now lost to the workforce."
 
Source: Martha Shanahan, The Day ]2/17/18]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
UK Podiatrist Primed for London Marathon Charity Quest
 
As a specialist podiatrist, Helen Newton knows how devastating the complications of diabetes can be, and how resilient her patients are in managing their condition. And this - along with a close family connection to the condition - have inspired her to run the London Marathon on Sunday April 22, in support of the charity Diabetes UK Cymru.
 
Helen Newton
 
The 39-year-old, from Rogerstone, who works for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, is building up her training towards the event, having taken up running again two years ago. “I mainly deal with patients who live with diabetes, and I have a close family connection to the condition," said Newton.
 
Source: Andy Rutherford, South Wales Argus [2/15/18]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS AND POLITICS
Aussie Podiatrist Running for Legislative Seat
 
Podiatrist Giles Rositano, 37, has  joined the SA Best ranks to compete against Labor and Liberal parties in the northern suburbs seat of King. He has worked in healthcare for 12 years with Country Health SA, SA Health in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, the Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Health Service, and in his own private practice. His work has been based in metropolitan clinics, the prison system, and in regional and Indigenous communities.
 
Giles Rositano
 
His private practice is part of a multi-disciplinary team working alongside community GPs. He believes government resources should be directed to maximizing patient outcomes to people in their own community. “This reduces the burden on the public health system, by supporting GPs and allied health teams in delivering enhanced community based services,” he says. “Patients from all ages and walks of life teach me something new every day. They have inspired me to take these community issues and give them a voice that can be heard.
 
Source: Australia Mercury [2/17/18] 
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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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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
 Common Web Design Mistakes Most Medical Practices Make - Part 3
 
Here are medical website design mistakes that can hurt your practice:
 
3. Unclear Calls to Action (CTAs)
 
Your CTA prompts visitors to take the next desired step on your website. Make sure your CTA is prominent and tells visitors exactly what to do. You may lose potential leads or you ask them to click on too many links on your website. On many websites, low conversion rates are a result of a CTA getting lost in the cluttered design. It is essential to make sure that your CTA button stands out on the webpage and makes it easy for visitors to take the desired action.
 
Pro Tip: Whatever your desired CTA is, make sure it is clear, concise, and easy to find. Do not make your website visitors guess. Tell them exactly what you want them to do.
 
Source: Alex Mangrolia, Physicians Practice [2/13/18]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: MIPS 2020 Avoiding the 5% Negative Adjustment 
 
How can a practice that does not utilize an EMR obtain 15 MIPS points and avoid a negative adjustment in 2020?
 
Ira Cohen, DPM, Downey, CA
 
Response: The easiest way for a practice that does not have an EHR to obtain 15 points is to fully participate in Practice Improvement Activities which is worth 15 points. You do not need  an EHR to do this and you can report this via attestation which is free through the CMS website.
 
There are many ways to meet Practice Improvement Activities and many are not very difficult.
 
Michael L. Brody DPM, Commack, NY
 
For information on Codingline subscriptions, click here
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QUERIES (MEDICAL-LEGAL)
Query: Patient with Bed Bugs
 
I recently had a new patient come to the office for a non-limb threatening problem. After he left and we went to clean the treatment room, several large bedbugs were found on the chair. I have since had hours of worry, cleaning, and missed productivity time, not to mention the $1,000 I had to pay a pest control company to ensure eradication of the bugs.
 
My question is, how do I deal with this patient in the future? Am I allowed to refuse to see him unless he can prove to me that he has been “exterminated”? Can I discharge him due to the great expense of time and money his visit caused? We contacted the patient after the incident, and he had “no idea” of any bug problem. He has Medicare/Medicaid. 
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 2A
RE: The Passing of Richard Eusanio, DPM
 
I'm sad to report the loss of a good friend and colleague, Richard Eusanio, DPM, to lymphoma. Richard practiced in Mesquite, TX, a Dallas suburb. He was honest and well-respected by his colleagues, dedicated to his family, practice, and patients, and will be missed.  
 
But what's up with podiatrists and lymphoma? Besides Drs. Goldsmith and Eusanio, I know of others. Are we breathing too much nail dust, phenol fumes, glutaraldehyde, skin adherent, and/or standing too close to our x-ray machines?
 
Carl Solomon, DPM, Dallas TX
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
RE: Template for Credit Card Collections of Deductibles (Jay Seidel, DPM)
From: Farshid Nejad, DPM
 
"How do you store these slips with a patient's credit card info?" -Seidel
 
We created a separate dummy account in our Quickbooks and store the numbers in that account.
 
Farshid Nejad, DPM, Beverly Hills, CA 
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - UPSTATE NEW YORK (BROOME COUNTY-VESTAL, NY) 
 
Unique, well established, 38 year practice. No 3rd party insurance-NONE! Patients pay full fee at time of service.  I work 2.5-3.5 days/week as desired, with 6-8 weeks of vacation/year yielding an average gross income of $625K & an average net of $250K. Practice emphasizes biomechanics, utilizing video & F-Scan analysis; & PinPointe laser for onychomycosis. Modern 2500 sq. ft. office and equipment.  Reply to: uniquepractice@gmail.com
 
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Small non-surgical practice near Sun City, Arizona retirement communities. Front door parking. Hospital nearby. Great starter or satellite office. Good potential for growth. Reasonable. Cutera GenesisPlus laser with practice or for sale separately. Email Art at Igogolfing2@aol.com.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
WOUND CARE FELLOWSHIP - NEW YORK
 
CPME-APPROVED 12 month fellowship beginning July 1st, 2018. Hospital and clinic environment, with onsite hyperbaric medicine. Working with infectious disease, dermatology, as well as plastic, general, vascular, and podiatric surgeons. Must have completed a PMSR residency. Please contact drarnoldhertz@aol.com or jtfootcare@gmail.com. EOE ( equal opportunity employer)
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – TUCSON, AZ
 
Amazing associate opportunity leading to long-term arrangement/partnership in sunny beautiful Tucson, AZ. Very busy solo podiatry practice with unlimited earning potential. Tons of new patients daily.  Seeking warm, motivated, personable and patient care oriented practitioner. Practice very well known with exploding constant referral sources. argfootdoc@yahoo.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
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SEATTLE, WA 
 
Seattle suburban practice seeks an associate that has interest in gradual complete purchase over a 2-5 year period. For details, please contact footdoc@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION  - SOUTH CENTRAL VIRGINIA
 
30  year  practice. Two office locations. Hospital privileges. 30–40 new patients per month. Seeking well-trained motivated podiatrist. All amenities including  malpractice insurance. Good mixture of general podiatry care /surgery/biomechanics/diabetic management. E-Mail CV to:  footcare2020@aol.com 
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - NEBRASKA, MINNESOTA, KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, ALABAMA 
 
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 benefit package to our employed podiatrists. Full-time and part-time positions are available.  Contact Dr. Chris Kestner at ckestner@ppgpc.com for more details about opportunities with PPG.
 
MOBILE PODIATRISTS NEEDED - NEW JERSEY 
 
Well established and fast growing House-call podiatry practice  (www.homefootcareservices.com) is looking for FULL-TIME podiatrist  to do home visits to home-bound patients in New Jersey. We are looking for hard-working, energetic and compassionate doctor.  Excellent pay, benefits, administrative support. Send CV to lana.raginsky@homefootcareservices.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTERN PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS  
 
Is your ideal practice opportunity one with all aspects of podiatry included? We are a group practice with 6 offices looking for the right surgically trained board qualified/certified doctor to joint our family. Forefoot and rearfoot surgery, as well as, wound care and limb salvage with privileges at 2 local hospitals are available. Partnership is certainly part of the long term plan. We are looking for the right candidate with the position available as early as this Spring or early summer.  Send all inquiries and CVs to sgrulke2002@yahoo.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TUCSON, ARIZONA
 
Growing practice in Tucson, Arizona is looking for a motivated associate. Candidate must be enthusiastic, with strong clinical and surgical skills. Outgoing personality is a must in this busy and flourishing practice. Arizona license required. Check with Arizona State Board for application deadline if you do not currently hold a license. Send CV and letter of interest to transcription697@aol.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL VALLEY/SOUTHERN CA 
 
Seeking associate with partnership availability. Must be highly motivated and have good patient skills and personality.  Salary excellent with all paid benefits/incentives including malpractice/401k and profit sharing. Compassionate and well-trained for immediate position. Surgery Center and hospital based with no HMOs/no rest homes. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred. Offering a permanent position/partnership in a multi-million dollar hi-tech practice with Partnership also in Surgery center. Please e-mail CV and short biography to: Tonya@wetreatyourfeet.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - LONG ISLAND/QUEENS
 
Advanced Podiatry Seeking Full Time DPM for upscale practices located at the Americana Manhasset, Huntington and Queens. Excellent work environment and company culture.  Latest technology with digital x-ray, laser, EHR, Ultrasound, the latest Apple software and iPads. Must be surgically trained, motivated, with a great work ethic. Very competitive salary with significant upside. Great opportunity to work in one of the country's premier practices.  Visit www.LIFootCare.com and email evieira1@nshs.edu for more info.
 
OFFICE MANAGER POSITION - ANNANDALE, VIRGINIA
 
Office manager with good organizational skills who will be scheduling for 3 Podiatrists as well as doing other office duties. part time leading to full time.  Will train. Please contact: Patty @ 703-941-7770
 
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