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March 06, 2018 #6,137 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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AT THE COLLEGES
WesternU Dean's Lecture Focuses on Universal Healthcare
 
Attaining healthcare coverage for everyone in the U.S. seems an impossible task. But it is a moral issue that needs to be resolved in order for our society to progress, according to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science President and CEO David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD. Carlisle presented “Sisyphus and the Sailboat: The Course Toward Universal Health Insurance in the U.S.” at the College of Podiatric Medicine, Lester J. Jones Dean’s Distinguished Lecture March 1, 2018 at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. 
 
Dr. David Carlisle
 
Carlisle told students, “When you’re seeing those patients that you see in your clinics, think about those patients that can’t come in to see you because they don’t have health insurance. Because they’re out there,” he said. “I encourage you to be advocates to make sure that everybody can get health insurance so anybody, regardless of their station in life, can come and see you as a healthcare professional.”
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APMA COMPONENT NEWS

APMWA Announces 32nd Annual Student Writing Competition

Additional Prizes Added

The American Podiatric Medical Writers Association has announced its 32nd Annual Student Writing Competition.

  • All papers MUST be non-technical in nature. Appropriate subjects include practice management, ethics, law, education, or any topic that would be suitable for a lay publication.
  • There is no word limitation. Papers will be graded for content, style, grammar, neatness, and overall impact.
  • First prize one thousand dollars ($1,000), Second prize  seven  hundred and fifty dollars ($750)  Third prize five hundred dollars ($500) sponsored by an APMA Educational Foundation endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Steven Berlin, and recognition in the APMA NEWS and the APMWA Newsletter. Honorable Mention Certificates may also be awarded.
  • This competition is open to ANY enrolled podiatric student.
  • Entries must be received by 4/1/18 via e-mail at bblock@podiatrym.com
  • Entries become the property of APMWA, which may arrange publication of the entry.
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PODIATRISTS IN THE MILITARY
NC Podiatrist Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
 
Maj. Deanna Estelle Duran was promoted Feb. 9 to lieutenant colonel in a ceremony at the Womack Medical Center in Fort Bragg, NC, where Dr. Duran is chief of podiatry. Duran entered the Army as an officer in 2008 after having previously served as an enlisted combat medic assigned to a combat aviation unit in Hanau, Germany. Her duty assignments as an active duty officer include chief of podiatry at Fort Sill, OK (2008-12), chief of podiatry at Fort Bliss, TX (2012-14), and chief of podiatry and residency director at Joint Base Lewis McCord, WA (2014-17).
 
Dr. Deanna Duran
 
She graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco and completed her civilian residency programs at Brooklyn Hospital, New York Community Hospital, Brooklyn, and Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Duran is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and is board certified in foot and reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery.
 
Source: Santa Fe New Mexican [3/3/18]
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HEALTHCARE NEWS
One-third of Physicians at Major U.S. Hospital are 'Burned Out'
 
At a large U.S. non-profit academic medical center, one-third of physicians met criteria for burnout, a cross-sectional study found. In all, 1,528 physicians at the Cleveland Clinic Health System were surveyed with the medical personnel version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Of the 1,145 respondents (mean age, 50), 399 (35%) had scores indicating overall burnout. About 38% of the respondents were in internal or family medicine, with the rest spread among 11 specialties, according to the February 19 online report in JAMA Internal Medicine.
 
“Physicians who give more to patients during clinical encounters may find themselves emotionally depleted,” the authors write. “(R)outine assessment of burnout by healthcare organizations is warranted to identify the need for additional individual and organizational support.” The 35% burnout rate among respondents was “pretty similar to other institutions measured at or around the same time frame, if not a bit lower,” first author Dr. Amy K. Windover of the Cleveland Clinic told Reuters Health by email. “While the prevalence was equivalent to or even lower than other institutions, it signals the need for systemic change in the healthcare industry.” 
 
Source: Scott Baltic, MDLinx via Reuters Health News [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
How Can Other Practices Improve Your Online Reputation? - Part 1
 
Today, online reputation management is crucial for the survival and growth of any practice. The ever-growing competition is making it tough for practices to outshine others. So instead of getting worried about what others are doing, it’s time to learn from them and improve yourself. Let’s see how your competitors can benefit you by improving your online reputation.
 
1. Better website
 
Your website is the first impression a new patient will have of your practice. It is the first thing they see during their online research. So you need to have a well-designed website to make the right impression on your potential patients.
 
Check out your competitors’ websites to see what kind of an impression they are leaving on their visitors. Are their sites clear or cluttered? Do they have clear navigation and can they be accessed on a mobile device? Take a look at every aspect and then compare them with your website.
 
Source: Manish Kumar Chauhan, Physicians Practice [3/4/18]

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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Billing for injection of Non-Covered Drug
 
Can I bill for an injection if the drug we are injecting is not covered by the insurance?
 
Tonia Silva, Office Manager for Alanna Wargula, DPM, Lakeport, CA
 
Response: Yes, you can. I would make it clear to the patient why you are using it, that it may be “off label” and why indicated. Make sure to document same as well. Most injections do not describe the product being injected, simply the technique, location, or reason for said injection.
 
CPT 20550 Injection(s); single tendon sheath, or ligament, aponeurosis (e.g., plantar “fascia”)
CPT 20600 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; small joint or bursa (e.g., fingers, toes); without ultrasound guidance
 
These are some examples not displaying the product injected.
 
Michael King, DPM, Roswell, GA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (EHR)
From: Amira Mantoura, DPM
 
If you are a sole provider, OneTouch EMR offers a program. You can eprescribe and there is a learning curve but I'm trying it out. I adopted the entire program and it is free including eprescribing.
 
Amira Mantoura, DPM, Stamford, CT
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1
RE: Inability to Verify Satisfaction of Deductibles
From: Ira Cohen, DPM
 
For years, we have been able to verify benefits and deductible satisfied on all of our Medicare patients via NaviNet, Office Ally, or directly through Medicare Portal (in our case Noridan Southern California). We would hold claims until their Medicare deductible was satisfied on the Medicare-Medical portal to avoid lower reimbursement from Medi-Cal.
 
Recently ,we discovered that on the Medicare-Medi-Cal portal only, we can no longer see if their deductible is satisfied. We called Noridian and they told us, "You don't need to know that information because the patient is not responsible for deductibles anyway - Medi-Cal is. This is outrageous and unfair. My guess is that they have worked out a deal with the state(s) to reimburse us less. Is anyone else experiencing this? If this is a national issue?
 
Ira Cohen, DPM, Downey CA
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
RE: Lack of Podiatric Authors in Our Journals (Brian Carpenter, DPM)
From: Don Peacock, DPM, MS
 
I agree with Dr. Carpenter and all the other posters on this topic. As a profession, we need to support research and especially teach the process to our students. A class on "How to Write a Research Paper" at the colleges would be a good start. I myself am guilty of not publishing results including data I have sitting around. For a private practice podiatrist like myself, we are so busy with the details of running our practices that research is placed on the back of the list.
 
For those in our field in the academic arena, they are publishing as expected. Most podiatrists I know do not even know how to write a research paper or even a level 4 case study series. I learned the process in graduate school, not in podiatry school. To get research done, we must first teach the process to our students and figure out how to support podiatrists in academic as well as private practices in their endeavors.
 
Don Peacock, DPM, MS, Whiteville, NC
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ASSOCIATE POSITION – PUERTO RICO 
 
25 year old practice looking for energetic, well trained DPM. Near beaches, golf, great shopping. Two hospital based locations with available privileges. Great starting salary and benefits. Knowledge of Spanish language helpful. Please send CV to medicopodiatra@aol.com if interested.
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - NEW YORK and NEW JERSEY 
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in New York and New Jersey. Great opportunity for part-time income. Positions available immediately! Send inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
DOCTOR NEEDED HADDON HEIGHTS NJ 
 
Well rounded surgically trained board qualified/certified doctor needed for busy south jersey practice.  Includes Hospital work and 2 locations. Must have business sense, a cheerful personality and bedside manner,  follow protocols in place, and possess good communication skills.  Practice encompasses all aspects of podiatry. Competitive package.  Email CV to hhfootdoc@gmail.com.
 
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 TO OWNERSHIP - UPPER PENINSULA, MICHIGAN 
 
Associate needed for long-standing successful practice, with option to purchase soon. Encompasses every aspect of modern podiatry (orthopedics, diabetic medicine, surgery, wound care, etc). Location is resplendent with nature, on a large lake, 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 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 work-to-own situation. E-mail: ctmthor4@hotmail.com
 
FULL TIME/PART TIME POSITION - CALIFORNIA
 
Available for well-established podiatry practice near San Francisco. 3 Locations in California, San Leandro Pleasanton, and Los Gatos. Broad responsibilities: Laser Procedure, wound care, surgery, general podiatry, and facilities. Potential associateship position. Submit CV and Contact Dr. Michael Stein for details. Excellent income potential! msteinheal@aol.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 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.
 
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