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February 23, 2018 # 6,129 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

A partner of Podiatry Management http://www.podiatrym.com
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
MN Podiatrist Uses Lapiplasty Bunion Procedure
 
When you think of bunions, a local podiatrist encourages you to think of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. For those outside the field, it’s not, perhaps, an immediately obvious comparison. But for Nathan Sanders, DPM, who practices podiatry and wound care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, it’s a start at explaining how the surgical procedure he’s using to treat bunions corrects at the source of the problem: its base.
 
Dr. Nathan Sanders
 
Although the Lapiplasty procedure he’s using has been around for approximately three years, Dr. Sanders said he began seriously working with it last year; he was the first to perform the procedure in Minnesota. According to a listing by Treace Medical Concepts, the company that developed the Lapiplasty procedure technology, he is one of now six in the state trained to perform this specific procedure.
 
Source: Sarah Kocher, Albert Lea Tribune [2/19/18]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
Aussie Podiatrist Discusses Plantar Fasciitis
 
It used to be thought that heel pain was caused by bruising or bone spurs, but Sydney sports podiatrist Dr. Brenden Brown tells Coach the cause is more straightforward. "Most heel pain is some form of change to the large tendon that travels in the bottom of the foot and up the back of the heel — tendons hate change," says Brown, founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care.
 
Dr. Brenden Brown
 
Those tendons are your plantar fascia, and they have a fit when you give them something new to do. "The moment you massively change your activity over a short period of time, they get really sore and angry," Brown explains. That activity can range from running on worn-out shoes through more mundane activities.
 
Source: Sam Downing, 9Coach [2/20/18]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
Aussie Podiatrist Recommends 80/20 Rule for Wearing High Heels
 
They say fashion is pain - but wearing high heels regularly can actually have serious impacts on your health. From lower back pains and bunions to restricting blood circulation, these are just some of the problems walking in stilettos for hours every day can cause. Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Sydney podiatrist Nicole Reilly revealed how you can wear heels comfortably without hurting your feet.
 
Nicole Reilly
 
"We always recommend sticking to the 80/20 rule, where 80 per cent of the time you wear sensible shoes, and keep your highest heels for limited activities," she said. "It really depends on the activity level. If you're working around the desk a lot, stick to lower heels or wear thicker wedges - they're more beneficial than stilettos."
 
Source: Cindy Tran and Sherree Mutton, Daily Mail Australia [2/20/18]
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OUTSIDE INTERESTS
PA Podiatrist Joins Ankura as a Managing Director
 
Ankura announced today the appointment of Scott Lipkin, DPM as a Managing Director. Based out of the Philadelphia office, Dr. Lipkin brings more than 28 years of combined experience as a podiatric physician/surgeon, clinical research investigator, institutional review board chair, human research protection program administrator, executive research administrator, and management consultant. His expertise is in the domain of research consulting, with a focus on human subject protections, research compliance, and research operations.
Dr. Scott Lipkin
 
Dr. Lipkin was a member of the medical staff of Lehigh Valley Health Network for 25 years and was chief of the division of podiatric surgery from 2000-2010. He obtained certification with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in 1992 and over the next 15 years participated as principal or sub-investigator on 16 clinical trials related to diabetic foot wounds and wound healing.
 
Source: Market Insider [2/20/18]
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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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E-HEALTH NEWS
EHRs Do Not Lower Administrative Billing Costs: Study
 
Electronic health records were supposed to lower administrative costs, but they may not be getting the job done, according to a new study published this week in JAMA. Administrative costs made up as much as a quarter of professional revenue for some patient encounters, according to the study, which focused on a single academic medical center. Researchers attribute much of the high cost to varying contracts between the hospital and health plans and payer as well as varying price schedules.
 
"After investing more than $30 billion in health IT, we haven't improved the administrative efficiency," said Dr. Kevin Schulman, one of the study authors and the associate director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. "That was one of the big promises of digitizing records." The researchers could not attribute the high costs to "any significantly wasteful or inefficient efforts" in billing, something they speculate could be due to the fact that the health system uses a single billing organization. Instead, they attribute the costs to differing contracts with payers and price schedules that remain unstandardized. 
 
Source: Rachel Z. Arndt, Modern Healthcare [2/20/18]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
5 Common Web Design Mistakes Most Medical Practices Make - Part 5
 
Here are five medical website design mistakes that can hurt your practice:
 
5. Not Optimized for Mobile
 
With the massive increase in the use of tablet devices and smartphones, you would be doing your practice much damage if your website if not designed to adjust to mobile screens and other devices. A responsive website is no longer a trend but a necessity. According to a study, two out of three minutes online is spent on smartphones. Mobile friendliness is one of the most significant Google ranking factors. Without a responsive website design, you will not only be alienating a large number of potential visitors but also risk being fined by Google.
 
Pro Tip: You can choose from a wide range of mobile-friendly web themes and install plug-ins for optimizing your website for mobile devices.
 
Source: Alex Mangrolia, Physicians Practice [2/13/18]
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Repair of Midmark Equipment
 
After years of reliable service, we recently experienced a power surge that knocked out two Midmark 417 podiatry chairs and our R9 UltraClave. I need a recommendation for a reliable service company for these products in the Philadelphia area.  
 
Greg Caringi, DPM, Lansdale, PA

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
RE: Best way to Sell a Practice 
From: Jack Ressler, DPM
 
Although this subject has been discussed and debated extensively, the main key that has not been discussed is a good marketing strategy. Spend your time and money in marketing. That is what will get potential buyers. Once you start getting inquiries, you will get a better idea of what your practice is worth. When talking numbers with potential buyers, start out with a price based on a percentage of gross collections. Judging by the interest of potential buyers, you will know if you are in the right ballpark with your asking price. Adjust accordingly if needed.
 
I started at an asking price of 100% of  gross. I ended up selling at 70%. I do not recommend a broker. Not only will you be paying thousands of dollars to the broker, but they will be holding your practice ransom in the fact that they will most likely have you sign an exclusive with them. They will have full control of how and where your practice is advertised. I used the classified section in PM News and it proved very successful. Remember it is read by over 17,000 potential buyers.
 
Between a website designer and marketing, I spent less than less $4,000 total. Plan a good marketing strategy and you will be well on your way to selling your practice.
 
Jack Ressler, DPM, Delray Beach, FL
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

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Source: Danta Tydor via Virtual Shoe Museum

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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 1 - 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
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
 
Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 18,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770.
CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
FOR IMMEDIATE HIRE – MARYLAND 
 
Looking for an eager podiatrist to join our growing practice immediately. We are located in Waldorf and Clinton, MD. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and will be busy from the moment they are hired! We are looking for a well-rounded podiatrist to join our office-based practice. jelena@somdfootandankle.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION  – DAYTON, OHIO 
 
Highly respected and growing, four podiatrists, 4 location practice seeking PSR-36 board certified/qualified foot and ankle surgeon. Must be dedicated, hardworking, poses excellent clinical and surgical skills, high-quality patient care, wound care.  Practice is equipped with certified EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound guided injections, Cutera Laser, regenerative medicine and PRP all aspects of DME. Meaningful Use attested, MIPS-ready. On staff 4 hospitals, no nursing homes. Highly trained staff. Send CV, salary requirements to ohiosurgeons@gmail.com  Excellent compensation plan, base salary and bonus, 401k plan, medical insurance, malpractice, paid vacation, holidays, CME. Signing bonus, ownership via deferred compensation plan.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WEST COAST FLORIDA 
 
Outstanding opportunity for PSR-36 graduate to join successful group podiatry practice. Seeking a sociable, articulate graduate who is confident in foot and ankle surgery but also enjoys all phases of podiatry. Long-term opportunity for the right candidate with generous pay and benefits. Reply to: jwicks@cortezfootandankle.com
 
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.
 
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)
 
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
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
 
Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 18,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770.
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