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March 13, 2018 #6,142 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

A partner of Podiatry Management http://www.podiatrym.com
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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

How do you grind mycotic nails?
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EDITOR'S NOTE

 Correction - Hall of Fame Ceremony and Reception Location

The correct location of the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame is Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. Full details about this event can be found in the meetings section of this newsletter.

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
FL Podiatrist Explains Why Feet Might Get Bigger With Age
 
Dr. Cary Zinkin
 
Do feet really get bigger with age? Some strange facts end up being debunked, but this is certainly possible: "After years of wear and tear, tendons and ligaments in your feet may weaken. This can cause arches to flatten, which means feet get wider and longer. It won’t happen to everyone, though—people who are overweight, who get swollen feet or ankles, or who have certain medical conditions, like diabetes, are more prone. If it does happen, the average gain is about one shoe size by age 70 or 80," says Cary M. Zinkin, DPM, podiatric sports physician and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association.
 
Source: Teresa Dumain, Reader's Digest 
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PODIATRISTS AND DIABETES
MA Podiatrist Invited to Serve on ADA Professional Membership Advisory Group
 
David Alper, DPM was recently invited to be a part of a new National Advisory group focused on reviewing efforts towards professional membership services and growth for the American Diabetes Association. The Professional Membership Advisory Group will include professionals from an array of disciplines and backgrounds.
 
Dr. David Alper
 
Dr. Alper has a 20 plus year relationship with the ADA, having served on several state, regional, and national committees. He currently is the president of the Northeast Region Advisory Board, and has a seat on the National Legislative and Regulatory Committee.
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
MO Podiatrist Virtually Assured of Spot on School Board
 
The Blair Oaks R-2 School District is not actually having an election for its Board of Education this April. Two incumbents ran unopposed, so the district isn't statutorily required to have a vote. Bill Duke, DPM is a podiatrist at Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG) who has been in St, Louis for 12 years. 
 
Dr. Bill Duke
 
Dr. Duke has served two terms on the school board, and he's currently the vice president. He also cited the development of new school facilities and extra-curriculars as focal points for the district in the coming years. He's also on the parish council at St. Stanislaus Church, and has served on the finance committee at JCMG. In his spare time, he coaches football and baseball at Blair Oaks.
 
Source: Phillip Sitter, News Tribune [3/11/18]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS
Irish Auditor General Cites Lack of Podiatrists Needed to Treat Diabetics
 
The lack of specialist podiatrists for people suffering from Type 2 diabetes in the Western Trust should be subject to an urgent Department of Health workforce plan by 2019, the Auditor General, Kieran Donnelly, has recommended. Mr. Donnelly said the shortfall in provision for local sufferers of a disease that affects almost six percent of adults in the North, needs to be addressed now.
 
He issued the warning in his newly-published ‘Type 2 diabetes prevention and care’ audit. In 2003, it was estimated that 76 podiatrists would be needed to meet demand in the North but only 36 podiatrists were in place, a shortfall of 40.
 
Source: Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal [3/10/18]
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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
Reducing Clinician Burnout in EHR-Related Areas - Part 1
 
Even at a tech conference, Martin Pricco, MD, president of Gould Medical Group in Central Valley, CA isn't afraid to name one of the major culprits of physician burnout. At Gould Medical Group, Pricco wasn't content to let EHRs get in the way of physician contentment. The group looked at five areas where they could reduce frustrations with the EHR:
 
1. Initial training: Pricco said research into his organization concluded that "if you get it right at the beginning, it persists over time." Training physicians properly on the EHR at the onset will lead to higher satisfaction. Best practices, he said, are six hours of onboard training. At Gould, Pricco said, they do four hours of classroom training and one week of at-the-elbow support. Another tip in initial training, he said, is to tailor training to an individual provider.
 
Source: Gabriel Perna, Physicians Practice [3/9/18]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Medicare/Medicaid Billing for Diabetic Shoes
 
My Medicaid DME supplier number recently came up for renewal. They are asking for a surety bond, and I’ve been quoted $1000 for the bond. Based upon demographics, it’s not worth it. So as it is right now, Medicaid will not process any of my DME claims unless I renew. So here’s the question: Let’s say I choose NOT to renew, and a patient with Medicare primary, Medicaid secondary comes in and I want to prescribe diabetic footgear. Since I’m not going to be billing Medicaid for the 20%, is there any problem collecting that from the patient (collecting up-front of course)?
 
Paul L. Valenza, DPM, Kerrville, TX
 
Response: Not a problem. If the Medicaid information is on the claim to Medicare, Medicaid will not pay the 20% whether you are approved or not approved for DME. When you do this, please make sure the patient's Medicare deductible has been met.
 
Donald R Blum, DPM, JD, Dallas, TX
 
For information on Codingline subscriptions, click here
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
RE: NJ Former Resident Meets Attending After Many Years 
From: David P. Luongo, DPM
 
Every year, kids play their last games of Little League baseball at a week-long tournament in Cooperstown, NY. On my team’s fourth game, to my amazement, while meeting at home with the umpires, the opposing coach was very familiar looking. He then introduced himself as Dr. Steve Lemberger, one of my residents at St Clare’s/St Vincent's Hospital from the late '90s.  
 
What a coincidence, so many years later, here we are, meeting on the Cooperstown ball field representing our kids' 12U baseball teams the Maywood Hawks vs. the Freehold Fusion. We both had an incredible week, an experience for our boys they will never forget. It truly is a small world!
 
David P. Luongo, DPM, NY, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS)
From: Estelle Albright, DPM
 
I am surprised from the survey that so many podiatrists are still grinding nails. To those podiatrists who are still grinding fungal toenails: Please consider the considerable risks to self and staff caused by nail grinding: lung granulomas, and fungal sinus or lung infections caused by aerosolization of fungal nail particles or spores. Also, consider the risk to staff for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilization procedures of re-usable burrs.
 
I am of the opinion that we, as physicians, should instead treat the infection medically or surgically. There are many safe oral and topical antifungal meds available, as well as surgical treatment of fungal nails. If none of these are an option, consider double action bone cutters to debride thick nails. These do a very decent job on thick, hard nails and are easier on your hands. For ingrown edges, Miltex 40-22A ultrafine nail splitters are excellent for simple nail edge avulsions.
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Estelle Albright, DPM, Indianapolis, IN
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoes of the Day

Okay...you name them! (Photo David Collart)

Source: Gert van Gastel via Virtual Shoe Museum

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MEETING NOTICES

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PM PODIATRY HALL OF FAME CEREMONY & RECEPTION

July 12, 2018 – Gaylord  National Resort - Washington, DC

Honoring Brad Wenstrup, DPM and Dan Vickers 

Sponsored by Bako Integrated Physician Services (Bronze), PICA (Bronze), and Sammy Systems (Bronze)

PM News subscribers are invited to see Dr. Wenstrup and Mr. Vickers inducted in the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame, including roasts by special guests. 

All ticket proceeds go to the APMA Educational Foundation Student Endowment Fund. Reserve your tickets now by sending $100 per ticket to: APMA Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Fund, 9312 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 or via the APMA Meeting registration form.


CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
FULL-TIME PODIATRY POSITION - BROOKLYN AND QUEENS, NY
 
Looking for podiatrist graduating from residency this July for our thriving practice in Brooklyn and Queens. EXCEPTIONAL compensation. Please email your resume to: Footcareemployment@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.
 
POSITION AVAILABLE - MIAMI, FL 
 
Ethical, industrious podiatrist needed for house calls in Miami. Florida license and Medicare number required. Assistant provided. Send CV to info@drop-24.com or call Daniel Marck at 727.698.4661. 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION WANTED - HUDSON VALLEY, NY
 
Full time associate position in a busy office. Broad responsibilities including wound care, trauma call, hospital rounding, etc. Surgical based practice with privileges to local hospital and surgical center.   Comparable pay.  Position available Sept. 2018, will wait for right graduate. Office is located in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Close proximity to NYC as well as a multitude of outdoor activities. Please send CV in an email to hudsonvalleypodiatrist@gmail.com
 
FULL TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION – WEST CENTRAL OHIO 
 
Podiatrist needed to join well-established, busy practice. Candidate must be self-motivated, ethical, energetic, and able to practice all aspects of podiatry independently. Willing to consider current PSR-36 participant. Salary and benefits are negotiable.  Send cover letter, CV, and references to footdoc@bright.net.  Call (419) 733-2854 if you would like to set up an interview during ACFAS 2018.
 
POSITION AVAILABLE - GETTYSBURG, PA AND FREDERICK, MD
 
Well-established practice is seeking associate for partnership and buy out. One senior partner looking to slow down and then retire. I will teach you to become a top earner in the field. Don't miss this opportunity!  drhenrock@yahoo.com.  Dr. Scott Henry  301-514-9781.  AtlanticFootSurgeons.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.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA 
 
Looking for an eager podiatrist to join our growing protocol-based practice. We have 2 offices with certified EMR, fully trained staff, full-time marketer, shoe store in each location and digital x-ray machines. Hospital privileges available near each location. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and will be busy from the moment they are hired! We are looking for a well-rounded personable podiatrist. Please send your CV and cover page to footdocs17@gmail.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  - 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 
 
MEDICAL DIRECTOR — SOUTHEAST REGION
 
Recruiting Podiatric Medical Director for rapidly growing podiatry and multispecialty practice. He/she will manage podiatry staff and be responsible for strategic and clinical outcomes. Frequent travel required. Must have 5+ years in practice, demonstrate leadership skills and ability to thrive in fast-changing environment. Contact robert@healthcarerecruit.org.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CHICAGO/NEAR WEST SUBURBS 
 
Multi-location group - Immediate opening for ABFAS Board Certified/Eligible associate. Minimum 1 year’s private practice experience required. Surgical/ortho patient load. DME, Rx, Minimal Incision Sx,  EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound, shockwave & MRI. Top pay, associateship & practice equity available for experienced candidates. Send CV drtsatsos@anklenfoot.com
 
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 – 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
 
WANTED - ASSOCIATE PODIATRY POSITION 
 
Non-surgical podiatrist with 10 years clinical experience in private practice and HMO looking for full time position, preferably on the west coast. ABPM certified and Spanish speaking. Interests include sports medicine, geriatrics, and  biomechanics. Email jpmitnick@gmail.com for CV and more information. 
 
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 - 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 - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 
 
Retiring. The practice comes with ready patient base in area of unlimited potential. Awesome locale with lakes, mountains and rivers in every direction. $200,000 buys the building and well established practice.  Seller willing to partially finance and stay as needed during transition. Seller also willing to consider renting or lease to buy. Please contact me with serious inquiries only and I will be pleased to discuss the particulars with you. A great opportunity!!! reddingpodiatry@sbcglobal.net 
 
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.
 
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.
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
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