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February 24, 2018 #6,130 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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APMA STATE COMPONENT NEWS
NYSPMA White Paper Shows Podiatrists Lower Costs and  Improve Quality of Life
 
A research-based study released by the New York State Podiatric Medical Association shows that incorporating podiatric care may decrease healthcare costs among obese patients by $1.1 billion and up to $510 million for patients with diabetes. What’s more, the survey revealed that podiatry services and treatment may decrease opioid dispensing (28 percent) among persons with a back- and podiatric-related pain diagnoses, decrease falls (36 percent) among elderly and at-risk populations, and reduce hospitalizations relating to obesity (19 percent) and diabetes (37 percent). 
 
Dr. Paul Liswood
 
“Podiatric intervention is a key component of effectively managing chronic conditions and improving quality of life for New Yorkers,” said Dr. Paul J. Liswood, NYSPMA president-elect and Brooklyn-based podiatrist who actively advocates about podiatry’s critical role in preventative care. “As New York podiatrists, it is our mission to educate New Yorkers about how the expansion of podiatry’s role in the New York healthcare landscape can positively impact the whole person while reducing healthcare costs.”
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HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY
Risk of Implanted Medical Devices is No Reason to Panic: CA Podiatrist
 
Medical devices have been targets of hacking attacks for over a decade, physicians note in a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The increasing popularity of devices using software and wireless communications has created a rising risk that hackers might re-program devices to make them work improperly, interrupt the relay of information needed for doctors to monitor patients remotely, or prematurely drain the batteries, cardiologists write. “Like with so many rapidly evolving technologies, we haven’t even conceived many of the ultimate advantages of connected implanted devices,” said Dr. David Armstrong, Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California.
 
Dr. David Armstrong
 
“Certainly, the ability for a patient and his or her clinician to monitor status continuously will yield many more opportunities to personalize care and will also likely reduce time to treatment of acute or chronic events,” says Armstrong. “There is absolutely no cause for panic,” Armstrong continued. “The added stress from worrying about having your device medjacked likely increases your risk for a heart attack a whole lot more than the risk itself.”
 
Source: Lisa Rapaport, Reuters Health [2/20/18]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
OH Podiatrist Joins Grady Podiatry
 
Grady Podiatry has announced that Jennifer Flo, DPM has joined their practice. Dr. Flo is board certified in podiatry from the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, and is a Certified Wound Specialist Physician from the American Board of Wound Management.
 
Dr. Jennifer Flo
 
Dr. Flo received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, OH. She completed her residency at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in Wyandotte, MI.
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OUTSIDE INTERESTS
It’s All About the Deal: VA Podiatrist Turned Antiques and Collectibles Dealer
 
The antiques and collectibles business at the corner of Arch Drive and Friedens Church Road is known as the Arch Drive Gallery. Co-owner Doris Shouey, though, thinks it should be called Bob’s Barn because some people mistake the business for an art gallery. But after spending time with podiatrist-turned-store-owner Dr. Bob Shouey for a bit, it’s apparent that Doc’s Deal Den might be more appropriate. That’s because the 69-year-old retired physician said deal making is the reason he opened the business in the first place.
 
 
“Years ago my dad said, ‘Well, don’t you have enough money?’” Bob recalled. “And I said, ‘Dad, it isn’t about the money; it’s about the deal.’ “It’s just the deal. And it never matters to me, the money part, as long as I didn’t buy it for a buck and sell it for 10 cents.” Bob said he has flipped houses and land, and he has even bought and sold the fire tower that once sat atop Reddish Knob. But his shop gives him the chance to scratch his deal-making itch on a regular basis.
 
Source: Vic Bradshaw, Daily News-Record [2/20/18]
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN THE NEWS

LUZU® Receives FDA Approval for Pediatric Patients

Ortho Dermatologics, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, LLC has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to expand the use of LUZU® (luliconazole) cream, 1% for the topical treatment of patients 12 and older with athlete's foot (interdigital tinea pedis) and jock itch (tinea cruris) and patients two and older with ringworm (tinea corporis) caused by the organisms Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum. LUZU was initially approved as a treatment for adults in 2013.   

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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
How to Combat Negative Reviews - Part 1
 
As most physicians today know, online reviews can hurt or help a practice. A single disgruntled patient who was made to wait can post about their experience and make it seem like your practice is the model for rudeness and inefficiency. Even worse, patients who don't get what they want from their doctor—whether they need it or not—get angry, and angry people love to vent online. 
 
So what is the best way to react to negative reviews that you feel are not representative of the level of care that you deliver in your practice? As in most things, the best defense is a good offense. Your patients understand the power of the Internet—they read reviews, too. We have discovered that, if you ask them, they will help you make sure you have an army of good reviews posted to drown out the bad.
 
Source: Wayne Lipton, Physicians Practice [2/21/18]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Weil Osteotomy and Capsulotomy with Tenorrhaphy
 
I billed a Weil osteotomy with capsulotomy and with tenorrahphy for a 2nd metatarsophalangeal joint. The osteotomy was paid for, but the capsulotomy and tennorhaphy were not. (Codes 28308 and 28270) Any suggestions as to why?
 
Robert Taylor, DPM, Frisco, TX
 
Response: When the CCI edits are checked for CPT 28308 and CPT 28270, the procedures are not bundled together. Theoretically, both procedures should be paid by using the appropriate modifier, that modifier being -59. Then why was CPT 28308 paid, but CPT 28270 not paid?
 
When a lesser metatarsal osteotomy (i.e. Weil osteotomy) is performed, in order to gain access to the surgical site, a capsulotomy of the respective metatarsophalangeal joint needs to be performed. Since the capsulotomy is an integral part of the surgical procedure (CPT 28308: Osteotomy, with or without lengthening, shortening or angular correction, metatarsal; other than first metatarsal, each), the capsulotomy (28270: Capsulotomy; metatarsophalangeal joint, with or without tenorrhaphy, each joint [separate procedure]) is not separately payable.
 
Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC, Lady Lake, FL
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Jose G. Irizarry, DPM
 
Dr. Jose Irizarry
 
On Feb. 14, 2018, Dr. Jose G. Irizarry passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and children. In 1983 he graduated with a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. In 1996, he moved his family to Whitehall, NY and started Green Mountain Family Podiatry.
 
Source: The Post-Star [2/21/18]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: Jack Ressler, DPM
 
I cannot give you an accurate answer to that question but I would like to give a little insight into the use of the correct product for cold sterilization of instruments. Several years ago, I was ordering supplies at a SAM convention and saw a product for this purpose. It is called Control 3. I inquired about it with the salesperson and was shocked to find out that Benz-All did not kill a lot of organisms that the Control 3 product did. I have been using this product since that time. Control 3 is sold by the gallon and is used straight without mixing with water.
 
Yes, it is more expensive than Benz-All, but it is a far superior product.
 
Jack Ressler, DPM, Delray Beach, FL
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.
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CHICAGO & NORTHERN IL SUBURBS 
 
Well Established 26 year Growing practice seeking an associate interested in partnership who wants to build a sports medicine oriented practice.  Practice has two locations and opportunity to grow.  Infrastructure in place.  Surgery at local surgery center's and hospital.  Contact: Mike Crosby at MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEWPORT BEACH, CA 
 
Concierge Podiatry and Spa, requires only the "best". Looking for top of class, who have completed great residency, preferably Fellowship trained. Must be ethical, sharp, highly skilled, motivated, willing to work hard. Opportunity of a lifetime rapidly growing concept. Send resume to DrRoth@CPSNewport.com
 
FULL-TIME or PART-TIME PODIATRIST - DALLAS/FORT WORTH AREA 
 
PSR 24-36 Trained Multi-dimensional, Multi-office group treating a wide range of patients to include: forefoot, rearfoot, diabetic wound care, sports medicine and work-related injuries.  Modern offices and equipment. A great opportunity for driven personable individual.  Please e-mail  Cover letter, CV, Letter of references Email: cnunez1940@gmail.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.
 
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
 
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 - WESTERN SUBURBS OF CHICAGO 
 
Looking to purchase a practice, relocate? This successful Chicago area practice is a great opportunity for you.  Fully equipped office. Opportunity to enter practice with established patient base and strong cash flow.  Contact: Mike Crosby at MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTHERN MICHIGAN
 
Long-standing successful practice available for purchase, encompasses every aspect of modern podiatry including orthopedics, diabetic medicine, surgery, wound care, sports medicine. Location is resplendent with nature, on a large lake in northern Michigan, with rivers, mountains, downhill skiing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, hunting, all minutes away. The practice is located in a professional building, with every medical specialty. Practice is very well equipped: diagnostic ultrasound, digital x-ray, in-office surgery, pain laser, fluoroscopy, etc. Hospital privileges available in state-of-the-art, new hospital. A unique situation, owner present for transition, financing available. E-mail: ctmthor4@hotmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - CARSON CITY, NEVADA 
 
Part-time practice in Lake Tahoe area grossing $160K. Net over $100K for the past 18 years. Main office and several satellite clinics.  Price includes equipment, EHR, very affordable lease, and great employee!  Wonderful location and no State income tax. Priced to sell at only $29,000. lehmann.dpm@gmail.com   
 
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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