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February 22, 2018 #6,128 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
CO Podiatrist Discusses Ankle Sprains
 
One of the most common foot-related problems doctors see in Craig, Colorado is an ankle sprain, which occurs when ankle ligaments tear. "It's very common here due to sports injuries, farming, outdoor activities, and just being on your feet a lot," said Dr. Derek Harper, a podiatrist with Memorial Regional Health.
 
Dr. Derek Harper
 
Harper said that more than half his training has been in ankle injuries. Podiatrists in the state of Colorado can treat anything in the ankle and foot, he said. With any ankle sprain or injury, the first thing you want to do is start RICE — rest, ice, compression, elevation — Harper said. "If there's pain when trying to walk, it's a good idea to come in and have it checked by a doctor," he said. 
 
Source: Lauren Glenndenning, Craig Daily Press [2/18/18]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
IL Podiatrist Featured in "Walk with a Doc" Program
 
There are hundreds of reasons to get up and walk. Maybe more. During the "Walk with a Doc" program at the Workman Sports and Wellness Complex in Effingham over the weekend, Dr. James Graham, who specializes in podiatry said the whole goal of the monthly program is to simply get people walking.
 
Dr. James Graham
 
Walk with a Doc began with a cardiologist in Ohio who invited patients to join him for a walk on a Saturday morning. “The idea got momentum; then it started spreading.” said Graham. “There is a whole organization set up around this concept now.” Graham, who has been practicing medicine in Effingham since 1989, demonstrated and talked about the importance of stretching before you walk, and also the heart health benefits of walking.
 
Source: Dawn Schabbing, Effingham Daily News [2/19/18] 
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FIP NEWS
FIP President Addresses the European Union Parliament
 
Matthew Garoufalis, DPM, President of the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP) and APMA Past President led a delegation of podiatrists from across Europe to the European Union Parliament in Brussels to demonstrate the value of podiatry.
 
Dr. Matthew Garoufalis
 
This meeting served as an introduction to the EU that the FIP was undertaking the project of building a common training framework for podiatrists across Europe that would standardize a common level of education and training for podiatry in the EU. This would follow the European Union mandate of professional mobility across nations. The meeting was a huge success with all signs pointing in a positive direction and the EU looking favorably upon the project. 

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IN THE COURTS
CA Podiatrist Sued in Wine Store Bankruptcy Clawback Suit 
 
What would you do if a wine merchant took your money, but never delivered the bottles? You'd ask for your money back. Now, what if that store went bankrupt and the lawyer charged with paying off the store's creditors sued you for your refund? That's the situation facing dozens of former customers of Premier Cru, the infamous Berkeley, CA, shop that went belly-up in 2016.
 
Shirlin Wong, DPM, a California podiatrist who started buying wine from Premier Cru in 2003 received little of the wine she paid for. In 2015, she sued Premier Cru in state court to recover $230,000 for undelivered wines. That October, she got a settlement check for $78,936. But last December, Michael Kasolas court-appointed trustee sued Wong, claiming that she had received a "preferential transfer" from Premier Cru within the 90-day window. The complaint asks for payment of the exact amount paid to Wong by Premier Cru plus pre-judgment interest and court costs.
 
Source: Peter Hellman, Wine Spectator [2/18/18]
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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
5 Common Web Design Mistakes Most Medical Practices Make - Part 4
 
Here are some medical website design mistakes that can hurt your practice:
 
4. Bad-Quality Images
 
An image is worth a thousand words. Relevant and high-quality visual content will drive more customer engagement. Every image and graphic that you use on your website must have a purpose and an underlying goal. Using irrelevant or low-quality stock images can undermine your credibility and confuse your visitors. Bad-quality images that are not relevant to your specialty will turn off visitors.
 
Pro Tip: Use original images that look professional. It is critical to invest time and money in getting attractive images of your products, behind-the-scenes office pictures, and your team members.
 
Source: Alex Mangrolia, Physicians Practice [2/13/18]
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: How Often to Change Benz-All Instrument Disinfectant Solution
 
Can anyone tell me how often we should be changing the Benz-All instrument disinfectant solution in the Bard-Parker trays. Is there literature to cite? 
 
Ed Dos Remedios, DPM, Providence, RI
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEDICAL-LEGAL) - PART 1
From: Joel Lang, DPM 
 
While I am not an attorney, nor even a practicing podiatrist (anymore), it strikes me that the first responsibility you have is for the safety of your patients and staff. Bed bugs are a serious problem and can be transmitted readily. This patient has a serious contagious health problem and appropriate precautions must be taken to safeguard everyone in your office.
 
It seems a reasonable approach to require the patient to assure you that he is no longer a danger to himself, your patients, or your staff. You can resume his treatment once reasonable and credible evidence is presented that the danger no longer exists. This is not a question of discrimination; it is one of public health.
 
I also suggest that you enlist the aid of a company with a bed bug dog to again re-examine your office a few weeks from now to assure that the infestation is gone.
 
Joel Lang, DPM (retired), Cheverly, MD
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEDICAL-LEGAL) - PART 1A
From: Ron Werter DPM 
 
The important thing is not keeping the credit card numbers on file. I had asked our state podiatry society for a legal opinion on this (just another reason to be a member of the APMA). As it turns out, if there's any type of hacking or breach, or if the patient finds out that you are keeping the number at all, you can be subject to major fines.
 
The answer is to have your credit card processor keep the credit card number on their files. They are legally allowed to; we are not. There are various ways they do that, but basically when the patient comes in, you would enter their CC number or input their card to the CC company special site. Then Chase or Royal or whoever you use, has the number on their files. When the EOB with the patient responsibility comes in, you go on their secure site and submit the amount to them using the patient's name or special ID as if it was a new charge. You do not have access to the number; only they do. 
 
As for the particular form the patient signs, there are a number of examples on the Internet, but basically the form they sign is your giving them information and their giving you permission to charge them later. 
 
Ron Werter DPM, NY, NY

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CODINGLINE CORNER) - PART 1A
From: John Moglia, DPM
 
I am attempting to follow CMS guidelines for avoiding penalties in the future. Has anyone come up with a simple worksheet to include in the patient record of the Practice Improvement Activities relevant to podiatrists to avoid the penalty as per Dr. Brody’s advice for Non-EHR practices.
 
I can’t find any sensible coherent guidelines on the CMS website. I would gladly pay Codingline or any other consultant if they provide this advice.
 
John Moglia, DPM, Berkeley Hts, NJ
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CODINGLINE CORNER) - PART 1B
From: Tip Sullivan, DPM
 
I would like to point out the obvious. One sure way to avoid the government MIPS program penalty is to choose not to participate! There are some successful practices out there that have taken that line. I would encourage some to try it--especially those close to retirement.
 
Tip Sullivan, DPM, Jackson, MS
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER FLORIDA 
 
KG Health Partners is looking to expand our remote podiatric services into multiple clinic locations. If you have a proven track record and the commitment to develop a patient centric podiatric clinic within the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, please email your CV to kgadmin@kghealthpartners.com.  DPM must maintain active Medicare and Florida licenses.  We offer exceptional benefits including paid MedMal insures, health insurance, PTO allocation and 401K retirement plan with company match.   
 
PODIATRIST WANTED - NORTHERN & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
Podiatrist needed for practices in both Northern and Southern  California. Professionally managed practice in long term care facilities.  Excellent income potential with discretionary time.  Please send CV and interest letter to dwayne8543@gmail.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.
 
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.
 
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)
 
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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
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE  - SUN CITY, ARIZONA 
 
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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