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October 10, 2018 #6,283 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

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How many medical reference apps are on your smartphone?
 
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AT THE COLLEGES
TUSPM Honors Memory of PA Podiatrist
 
On September 28th a ceremony was held at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) in memory of Marc A. Karpo, DPM to mark the second anniversary of his death. Dr. Karpo died on September 13, 2016 en route to the clinic.
 
Plaque honoring Dr. Marc Karpo
 
A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Mrs. Bonni Karpo, which will ultimately reside in the student lounge. Many faculty, staff, and students told humorous and heartwarming stories about their interaction with Dr. Karpo.
 
Source: E-Strides [October 2018]
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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
IL Podiatrist Joins Silver Cross Medical Staff
 
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Ann Tien, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist, has joined the Silver Cross Medical Staff. Dr. Tien attended the California College of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland, CA. She completed her podiatry residency at Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chicago.
 
Source: New Lenox Patch [10/6/18]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
IN Podiatrist is Target of Attempted Phone Scam
 
A few hours after receiving a phone call from the person he thought was the Jasper County Sheriff regarding a contempt of court citation, Dr. Paul Sommer was still visibly aggravated by the time he arrived at his office. The Valparaiso podiatrist also has a satellite office in DeMotte, a small town in Jasper County. So when the county sheriff’s office called him about failing to appear for jury duty at the county courthouse, it sounded legitimate to Sommer, if not factual. The call came from Remington, IN, according to his office’s caller ID. The officer’s name was “Ed Cox,” who even gave his badge number to Sommer. “It all sounded weird, but all it takes is a hint of plausibility to believe any phone scam.
 
Dr. Paul Sommer
 
The caller told Sommer that his contempt of court citation and bench warrant could be expunged from the courts system if Sommer – you guessed it – paid the caller money. In this case, through two $500 “vouchers” from a local pharmacy store. Sommer and his staff immediately contacted that pharmacy and they also contacted police. 
 
Source: Jerry Davich, Chicago Tribune [10/8/18]
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
IL Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy a Good Walking Shoe
 
The difference between a comfortable stroll and a painful one? A good pair of walking shoes. "You want to make sure you have a sneaker with a stiff midsole,” says Melissa Lockwood, DPM, ABPM-certified podiatrist and founder of Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates. “When you try to twist the shoe back and forth, it should be stiff. There can be flexibility in the toe box, though.” A mesh upper will give you that space for toes to breathe and move around.
 
Dr. Melissa Lockwood
 
Meanwhile, opt for a rubber outsole. “Man created concrete, so we need something that supports us on that concrete,” Dr. Lockwood says.
 
Source: Mallory Creveling, Women's Health [10/8/18]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Legal Considerations of Practice Expansions - Part 3
 
3. Expansion through merger or acquisition. Another popular practice expansion approach is merging or integrating with a different practice of the same or different specialty. There are many supergroups in which certain specialties have been rolled together into a larger practice with multiple locations, sometimes expanding beyond state lines. Such an expansion can benefit physicians who are looking for managerial support, additional clinicians, marketing, and patient volume. On the other hand, the larger such groups become, the more physicians may lose a sense of the personalized practice they once enjoyed. Nonetheless, supergroups appear to be a growing trend throughout the marketplace.
 
It’s important to obtain complete legal and financial advice before entering into any such transaction as there are many legal, compliance, tax, and other issues to consider. Smaller expansion efforts through strategic mergers with complementary specialties is also a great way for practices to expand. By merging into a single entity, groups can often share overhead, staffing, ancillary services, and space. The result can be a larger footprint in the region, increased revenue, and locked-in patient referrals. Again, there are many legal and related issues to discuss with a lawyer when considering such an expansion.
 
Source: Ericka L. Adler, Physicians Practice [10/5/18]
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QUERIES (CLINICAL)
Query: The Use of Amniotic Fluid or Stem Cell Injections for Polyneuropathy
 
Has anyone used amniotic fluid injections, stem cell injections, or other types of regenerative medicine in the treatment of polyneuropathy?  If so, would you please describe your results.
 
Richard Mann, DPM, Boca Raton, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEDICAL-LEGAL) - PART 1A
From: Stephen Doms, DPM, Martin S. Lynn, DPM
 
Five states do include the medical and surgical treatment of hands in podiatric statutes: Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. Source: ACFAS state scope of practice provisions. I practice in Minnesota, and while I could trim fingernails and be within my scope of practice, I choose not to.
 
Stephen Doms, DPM, Hopkins, MN
 
I treat patients exclusively in SNFs and will only debride/I&D fingernails if they are dystrophic, mycotic, or have a paronychia. The durable power of attorney (DPOA) or patient is then informed that they should follow up with a dermatologist.
 
Martin S. Lynn, DPM, Snohomish, WA
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEDICAL-LEGAL) - PART 1B
From: Elliot Udell, DPM
 
Yes, hardly a month goes by when a patient does not ask me to cut his or her fingernails. On Friday, another tenant in our medical building came in an asked me to cut one of his fingernails. I refused. I still remember one of my professors at NYCPM, over thirty years ago, boasting to the class at what a good deed he did for an indigent patient by cutting her fingernails. The problem is that in most states, it’s against the law. Dr. Block said it well when he said that such an action could subject a podiatrist to professional discipline. 
 
I see no reason why our local state societies should not push for legislation which would allow podiatrists to cut fingernails but until this happens, we need to refuse.
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (RELEVANT RESEARCH)
From: Bryan C. Markinson, DPM
 
Dr. Levy's original post citing an association between diuretic use and increased risk of amputation is simply a report of a published article. I encourage everyone to fully read the study before in any way suggesting that this "association" is anything more than just that. With the cardiovascular co-morbidities attendant to a diagnosis of diabetes, the benefits of judicious use of diuretics far outweigh the possible association with amputation, even if further studies prove a direct correlation.
 
Bryan C. Markinson, DPM, NY, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
 
I was saddened to hear of Dr. Frank’s passing. He was actually my father’s podiatrist in University Heights, Ohio. I did a “private office clerkship” with him for one week during my senior year at CCPM. I remember he had late office hours one night. He had had a full day of patients and a full waiting room. At about 7 pm, he walked out to the waiting room, sat down, and said, “I’m just too tired to see any more patients” and sat with the few patients remaining to chat for about 15 or 20 minutes. They enjoyed it immensely!
 
A real “mench” and a fine doctor who was at the forefront of foot surgery for the time, including hospital privileges which was a rarity in 1976.
 
Neil H Hecht, DPM, Tarzana, CA
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Seen in Athens. Sign reads " Please do not try on. It's not your size."

Source: Dr. Hal Ornstein

Diabetic Limb Salvage Fellowship

Two positions for a 12-month Diabetic Limb Salvage fellowship beginning July 1, 2019. Candidates must complete a podiatry residency by June 30, 2019 and be eligible for a Texas Podiatric Medical License. Training involves all aspect of diabetic foot management. Curriculum focuses on surgical limb salvage, and medical management of the complex, high-risk diabetic patients at risk for limb loss.  Interested candidates should email their CV, personal statement and three (3) letters of recommendation to Tomeka.bennett@utsouthwestern.edu  UT Southwestern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
INFECTIOUS DISEASE/WOUND CARE FELLOWSHIP – OHIO 
 
Join a premiere podiatry program. Become a leading expert in our profession. The fellowship has a multi-disciplinary approach to podiatric medicine, surgery, and wound care.  Participate in numerous surgical procedures. Be exposed to the world renowned Harrington Heart and Vascular Surgery Institute at UH Cleveland Medical Center along with research at Case Western Reserve Medical School.  Become part of a winning team. Change your future.  One 24 month fellowship position beginning July 1, 2019.  Candidate must currently be completing a PGY 3 residency. Application requests: deborah.mott@uhhospitals.org.  Deadline: October 20, 2018. Interviews: Saturday, December 1, 2018. CPME approved. 
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE – KENTUCKY 
  
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Kentucky. Great opportunity for part-time income. Positions available immediatly! Send inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NASSAU COUNTY, NY
 
Exciting opportunity! Busy Nassau County, NY office seeks full-time podiatrist. State of the art facility. Complete EMR, digital radiograph and diagnostic ultrasound. Excellent salary and benefits. Must be board qualified. Please e-mail resume to: Medicalofficeinquiry@gmail.com, or call: 516-902-1073
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - UPSTATE NY 
 
Excellent opportunity to start your career in a fresh practice!  Seeking an associate to join, grow, and become partner. Key attributes: Board Qualified/Certified, self-starter, willingness to build practice. Looking for a motivated individual to contribute to our growth through all aspects of podiatry. Please send CV to: docryanlee@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - KANSAS CITY 
 
Our busy, multi-office practice is still growing and needs another doctor who understands the importance of creating an amazing patient experience as much as providing great medical care. You will be working with supportive doctors and staff who are committed to your success. Go to: www.YourFutureInPodiatry.com for full details.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 
 
Seeking a hard-working, board eligible/certified podiatric physician for our growth oriented practice.  January 1, 2019 start date is preferred. This full-time position assumes coverage at well-established location.  To learn more about us, visit www.ankleandfootcare.com.  Please email your CV to Michael Vallas, Practice Administrator at mike@ankleandfootcare.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TENNESSEE
 
Village Podiatry Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Extremity Healthcare, Inc. is growing and seeking board qualified/certified associates with a Tennessee license. Ideal candidates have 3-5 years’ experience and knowledge of coding/billing, and desire to excel while utilizing our practice owned ancillaries. Our successful model is built to enrich the physicians and their efforts. Serious inquiries only to Tony Brzezicki, Human Resources, at tbrzezicki@extremityhc.com. Starting salary will be based on experience and the value you bring to the practice. EHI also offers a competitive benefits package
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST LOUIS, MISSOURI 
 
Well-established, successful podiatry practice seeking dedicated, hardworking and motivated physician to join as an associate.  Excellent referral and patient base. Special emphasis on at risk population. No nursing homes or house calls. Compensation by salary and bonus. Malpractice, health/dental and retirement benefits included. Email CV to sharikaminsky@hotmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BALTIMORE, MD 
 
MedStar Health is seeking a podiatric surgeon for full time employment Baltimore, Maryland. This position would be based at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital with a focus on limb salvage and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Preferred candidate would have 3 years post residency work experience, be fellowship trained and ABFAS board qualified for foot and RRA. The physician would join a growing multidisciplinary team in a hospital based surgical practice and would have the opportunity to work with and teach residents and students. Please send letter of intent and CV to john.steinberg@medstar.net.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – HOUSTON, TX
 
Established Houston practice seeking motivated, hard-working recent graduate for associate position in all aspects of podiatry. Long-term plan includes partnership. Send CV to dpm2docs@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MASSACHUSETTS 
 
We are a well-established, very busy, hospital-based multi-doc practice located just north of Boston, seeking full-time DPM. Must be Board Qualified/Certified. Excellent referral base and high volume of new patients. We are well integrated within the medical community and active in both hospital out-patient and in-patient care.  Competitive compensation and benefit package. Please email CV to footdocsma@gmail.com
 
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