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February 28, 2018 #6,133 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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Do you autoclave your office instruments?
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 1
NE Podiatrist Joins JCH&L Outpatient Services 
 
Area residents with foot and ankle concerns can once again see a podiatrist at Jefferson Community Health & Life beginning March 27. Matthew O. Williamson, DPM, a physician with Capital Foot and Ankle, Lincoln, will come to JCH&L Outpatient Services.
 
Dr. Matthew Williamson
 
Dr. Williamson, a Lincoln native, received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Dr. William M. Scholl School of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago. He served his three-year surgical residency training at Truman Medical Center, Kansas City.
 
Source: Trevor Steinmeyer, KWBE [2/26/18] 
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 2
NC Podiatrist Joins FASMA’s Newest Raleigh Division
 
Alyssa Carroll, DPM joined the Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center, a division of the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (FASMA). FASMA currently has 34 locations across DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina with over 50 podiatrists. 
 
Dr. Alyssa Carroll
 
Dr. Carroll received her degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She completed a comprehensive three year residency of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. 
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IN THE COURTS
Veterans Who Claimed Mistreatment by Podiatrist Can Proceed with Lawsuits
 
A lawsuit alleging mistreatment of veterans’ ankle and foot problems at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Togus, Maine can go forward, a federal judge ruled Friday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Levy will allow lawsuits for five of the six vets to move ahead after he had dismissed the cases two years ago, ruling that a statute of limitations had expired before the lawsuits had been filed. The vets claimed that the poor treatment they were given by a podiatrist at Togus left them with severe pain that limited their ability to walk.
 
The VA eventually reviewed the cases handled by the podiatrist and called in dozens of veterans to tell them that their ailments had been handled badly and discuss how to move forward. The six veterans filed their lawsuits against the VA shortly after that disclosure, but in the previous ruling, Levy said they had failed to file them within three years of the treatment that caused their problems. However, in that ruling, he allowed the veterans to pursue an argument that the mistreatment had been “fraudulently concealed” from them.
 
Source: Edward D. Murphy, Press Herald [2/24/18]
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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
4 Areas for Practices to Focus on in 2018 - Part 1
 
In working with a variety of providers on solutions to address today’s biggest market pressures, we’ve identified four key areas in which practices should invest time and resources to be successful: 
 
1. Inventory Management
 
The critical success factor for a medical practice lies in gaining financial and operational control of its drug inventory. Even a single instance of a missed drug unit can cost thousands of dollars. Maintaining optimal inventory levels by utilizing an inventory management system with full visibility into every unit of medication will help plug potential profit leaks. By using an inventory management system, practices can see where cash flow is clogged and adjust.
 
When practices can see their full inventory at once, they can make smart decisions based on patient scheduling, and ensure that the right product is in the right place at the right time. When evaluating inventory management models, practices should also consider options with payment verification components. This way, practices can follow drug doses from the time they are placed into inventory, through the billing cycle, until full payment is received.
 
Source: Barry Fortner, PhD. Physicians Practice [2/24/18]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Diplaced Tibia Fracture
 
My patient fractured her anterior malleolus of tibia (displaced & closed). I can only find codes for medial and lateral. The doctor is telling me that it is anterior. What code would you use for this?
 
Angela Knowles, Billing for Robert Taylor, DPM, Frisco, TX
 
Response: I suspect that there is a little miscommunication in this situation. Trauma is the primary focus of my practice and I have never heard the term “anterior malleous” of the tibia. I suspect that the doctor might be referring to a pilon fracture. I recommend confirming that as it directly affects the coding.
 
Jon Goldsmith, DPM, Omaha, NE
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
RE: Lack of Podiatric Authors in Our Journals (Joseph Borreggine, DPM)
From: Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH
 
I agree with the remarks of Joseph Borreggine, DPM about the lack of podiatric authors in our journals, a phenomenon that I believe needs some attention. To accomplish that, more emphasis needs to be made in the education and training of podiatric physicians in the research process at the level of both residency and undergraduate podiatric medical education. Expanding that emphasis could result in an increase in the production of a critical mass of podiatric medical research and scholarly articles reporting on such activities.
 
Not only are there a lack of articles reporting on research findings in podiatric medical journals, but also in journals of other medical specialties that would find such information useful as well and result in expanding the awareness of other health professionals about the depth and role of our profession.  
 
Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
RE: Lack of Podiatric Authors in Our Journals (Joseph Borreggine, DPM)
From: Amol Saxena, DPM
 
There are many reasons for the lack of DPM-produced research and more non-DPMs publishing in our journals. 
 
Most podiatric students and residents are not required to actually complete written and publishable research during their training. There may be less "perceived value or need". As I interview fellowship candidates, I am able to see how much research they are actually required to complete. Most are case studies. There was a time where podiatrists were trying to document their cases and show the pathology they were capable of seeing. Publishing was the only way to...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Saxena's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2
From: Name Withheld
 
Kudos to Ms. McCormick for bringing this issue to light regarding continued use of chemicals to "disinfect" podiatry instruments. From what I recall, most of those chemicals only sterilize an instrument after 6-8 hours or more of being immersed. Since most podiatry offices are turning over a patient every 15-30 minutes, there is serious potential for spread of onychomycosis, MRSA, Hep C, etc. from patient to patient if these chemicals are utilized. 
 
There will be others that disagree, but there is no excuse to not have an autoclave and sterilize every instrument between patient use! Autoclaves are not that expensive and we have advanced beyond chiropody. Those that are still using chemicals are no better than some of the pedicure salons that...
 
Editor's note: Name Withheld's extended-length letter can be read here.

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Best way to recycle wine bottle corks?

Source: Giuseppe Di Somma via Virtual Shoe Museum

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MEETING NOTICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 1 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SEATTLE SUBURB 
 
25 year old sports and family oriented practice located in a highly desirable, affluent and well insured area. For details, reply to: footdoc@aol.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
 
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   
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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 - 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.
 
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
 
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