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March 01, 2018 #6,134 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
CA Podiatrist Discusses Plantar Fasciitis
 
According to North Park podiatrist Patricia Forg, DPM, one of the most frequent diagnoses is plantar fasciitis. Dr. Forg knows how painful plantar fasciitis is. She developed the condition by overworking the ligaments in both feet while training for an athletic event.
 
Dr. Patricia Forg
 
“It took seven months to get over. It’s not fun, I’ll tell you that,” she said. “Some people come in and can hardly walk - they’re in so much pain. For our patients, we use custom orthotics, physical therapy, injections, ice, heat, and stretching. The condition can go on, so you have to be patient. But if you catch it right away, it can heal in a couple of months.”
 
Source: Beth Wood, The San Diego Union-Tribune [2/27/18]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
GA Podiatrist Joins Village Podiatry
 
Village Podiatry has announced the addition of Ryan Fitzgerald, DPM to its Canton location. Dr. Fitzgerald completed his doctorate in podiatric medicine at Barry University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Miami Shores, Florida. A few years after completing his residency at MEDSTAR Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC, he moved to South Carolina and became Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville, South Carolina while still actively practicing.
 
Dr. Ryan Fitzgerald
 
With over 100 presentations, 31 publications, 15 abstracts and poster presentations, and two book chapters in McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 4th ed., Dr. Fitzgerald has continued to avidly contribute to the podiatry field. 
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
Not All Insoles Created Perfectly: NY Podiatrist
 
Whether you actively suffer from foot pain or just want to prevent foot-related health problems, finding the best insoles or shoe inserts for your feet will make an enormous difference. Not all insoles are created equally, and in fact, most of them are designed with different purposes in mind.
Dr. Yolanda Ragland 
 
"No single insole is perfect for all feet, whether they're for a running shoe, high heel, or flat," explains Dr. Yolanda Ragland of fixyourfeet.com. This is why it's important to get to know your feet before you consider insoles. People's feet break down into three categories — over-pronators (flat feet), neutral foot types, and hyper-supinators (high arches) — and the first step in picking the right insole is identifying which of those categories your feet fall into.
 
Source: Emily Estep, Bustle [2/20/18]
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PODIATRISTS AND POLITICS
NE Podiatrist Raises Concerns About Liability in Proposed Opioid Law
 
Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would set limits on opioid prescriptions in hopes of curbing addiction problems in the state. The measure would set a seven-day limit on opioid prescriptions for minors, with some exceptions. It would require people picking up opioid prescriptions to show valid identification, and it would require doctors and other prescribers to warn patients getting opioid prescriptions about the dangers of addiction.
 
Dr. Robert Hilkemann
 
Sen. Robert Hilkemann of Omaha, a podiatrist, raised a concern that providers might face liability if they failed to document that they had given the required warning. State Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha, who introduced LB 931, said that issue could be addressed at the next round of consideration.
 
Source: Martha Stoddard, Bellevue Leader [2/27/18]
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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 2
 
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. MACRA Programs
 
The window for eligible clinicians to begin reporting data for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program opened in January. Eligible clinicians need to understand the program and make thoughtful changes in preparation for full participation.
 
For long-term success with MACRA and its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) pathway, practices should evaluate their EHR system to ensure it’s compliant. Your practice should also carefully select Quality performance measures for reporting and review historical data. Identifying an in-house dedicated MIPS expert or external partner with historical success is a cost-effective investment. Having a knowledgeable and up-to-date resource can keep you informed of changing regulations and help you navigate complexities. Organizations should take advantage of MACRA’s extended transition period through 2018 to understand the program and make thoughtful practice changes in preparation for full participation. 
 
Source: Barry Fortner, PhD. Physicians Practice [2/24/18]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Stephen Doms, DPM
 
I, too, have asked this question. When I completed my surgical residency in 1981, it was a requirement that residents, individually or as a team, write an article suitable for publication to the Journal of the American Podiatry Association (JAPA). We three residents wrote and published our article in JAPA for the February 1982 issue. Is this no longer a requirement of podiatric residencies?  If not, I think it should be.
 
Stephen Doms, DPM, Hopkins, MN
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Simon Young, DPM
 
With 3-year residencies programs, a publishable, even collaborative, paper should be a requirement for graduation.  So much research can be done over their tenure as residents and they should recruit their podiatric director, administration, and other specialties in neurology, orthopaedics, ER, medicine, endocrinology, dermatology, podiatry, rheumatology, infectious diseases, biomechanics, physical therapy, etc. What a plethora of topics available to be researched and put us on the map. We need to show the other professions that foot pathology is more than nails and callosities.
 
When I was a residency director, it was difficult to impossible to get my residents to publish or offer research ideas. I did have the cooperation of administration and some specialties but not all. The ER was willing so I was able to get one research paper published.
 
NYCPM has a relationship with Ireland Podiatry School and they present more research than our graduating 3-year residents. What are they doing right?
 
Simon Young, DPM, NY, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1C
From: Brian Carpenter, DPM
 
I think this is a very important question/observation by Dr. Borreggine. Dr. Saxena mentions George Liu, DPM recently ran for the ACFAS board (and won) on the platform that DPMs need to do more research and start maintaining registries which I 100% agree with. 
 
One thing that Dr. Saxena did not mention is that we have a very large and powerful society, The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, which states that part of its mission/vision “is to advance and improve standards of education.” The college has over 300 volunteer leaders serving on committees and serving on educational faculties. One of their strategic initiatives is to “advance scientific and clinical research to maintain leading edge competency among our members“ and “deliver superior continuing medical education to enhance competency at every level of professional training.” 
 
Just as with the residency programs, the College is rewarding those with little to no academic experience or background and placing them into leadership and educational roles. Good examples of this are at the Annual Scientific Meeting in Memphis next month. They have 12 speakers who have never published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (JFAS), the College's own journal. There are currently 4 members on the Board of Directors and 52 committee members who also have not published in the JFAS. For us to truly gain parity in medicine, we have to be doing the work of the other medical professions, and research and publishing are at the top of the list that we are lacking in.
 
Brian Carpenter, DPM, Fort Worth, TX
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
 
Academic Podiatry Faculty Position
 
The nationally recognized Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at the UT Health San Antonio, Department of Orthopaedics, Division of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery is seeking an individual for full-time faculty position at the Assistant/Associate/or Professor level.  Academic rank will be commensurate with past experience. Responsibilities will include involvement in surgical and clinical care, resident education, and research activities. The applicant must be Board qualified/certified to apply. A Texas License will be required.  UT Health San Antonio offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. For more information go to http://uthscsa.edu/hr/employment.asp to apply for this position. 
 
Please upload a letter of intent, CV, and 3 recommendation letters.  Please direct questions to Crystal L. Ramanujam, DPM, MSc, FACFAS, Chief, Division of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics, Ramanujam@uthscsa.edu

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST - TRISTATE AREA, MARYLAND 
 
Great team players wanted for Group Practice with several locations. Full time associate positions are available.  We offer state of the art facilities with well-trained support staff, in-office surgical center, ultrasound, DME, EMR, x-rays, etc. This amazing opportunity comes with a competitive salary, excellent benefits and bonus structure. Please email letter of intent and CV to mynewposition75@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - PODIATRY GROUP IN LOS ANGELES 
 
Join the group/limb preservation team and teaching faculty. Must be well trained in limb preservation, trauma, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Send CV to podiatricri@yahoo.com, attention Stan Mathis, DPM.
 
WESTERN MASS ORTHOPEDIC PRACTICE SEEKING CLINIC-BASED PODIATRIST
 
Large orthopedic practice in Western Massachusetts seeking a full-time clinic-based podiatrist interested in general foot care, diabetes and orthotics/DME. Candidate may be board certified or board eligible. Rearfoot/ankle training not required. Podiatrist will join two fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons who are interested in creating a comprehensive foot care center. Founded over 30 years ago, we are a busy, growing practice of 16 sub-specialized physicians, recognized as the region’s top orthopedic specialists. Upcoming 2018 graduates and established podiatrists may apply. Please send CV. laurie.skole@neortho.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.
 
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  - 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.
 
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
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTH PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE/ PARADISE VALLEY, AZ 
 
A well established, successful solo practice in a prestigious medical center. Office suite recently built. All aspects of podiatric medical care for adults and children. Excellent opportunity for referrals and continued practice expansion.  Doctor willing to stay and help with transition. Call 602-740-1686 for details.
 
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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