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October 24, 2017 #6,042 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR PM FUTURE STARS

Nominations Open for PM Future Stars

Starting in 2018, Podiatry Management Magazine will be publishing a new feature highlighting young practitioners. We are asking our readers to nominate potential candidates who are making a difference. We invite you to send us the name of a young practitioner (less than 10 years since graduation) and why s/he should be recognized. Self-nominations will be accepted. Simply write to bblock@podiatrym.com

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Ankle Replacement Improved But Still Poses Risks: DC Podiatrist
 
Once disparaged as borderline quackery, the total ankle replacement is gaining acceptance as a treatment for crippling arthritis and serious injuries. For years, doctors discouraged patients from getting the procedure — called ankle arthroplasty — because of persistent controversy over the earliest techniques, which involved cementing metal ankle reconstruction devices to bone. Sometimes the parts loosened prematurely or caused infections, leaving patients in worse shape than before.
 
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“You have your general surgical risks, which include infection, healing problems of the wound, integration of implant into bone, blood clots, things like that,” said Gary Feldman, DPM, a Washington area podiatrist and surgeon. “When it comes to ankle replacement — probably more so than other major joints — you have the risk of developing arthritic changes in the adjacent joints. That has always been a concern.”
 
Source: Eric Planin, Washington Post [10/22/17]
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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Jamestown Regional Medical Center Welcomes ND Podiatrist
 
Jamestown Regional Medical Center welcomes podiatrist Rachael Renschler, DPM.
 
Dr. Rachael Renschler
 
Dr. Renschler graduated from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA.  She is Board Qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 
 
Source: The Jamestown Sun [10/21/17]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
VA Podiatrist Enjoys Being a Mobile Specialist 
 
Joseph G. Smith, DPM, is a mobile podiatrist who travels across Hampton Roads, Virginia for house calls. He runs All American Podiatry and Wound Care with his wife Sondra, a former nurse. They met when she was working at a nursing home where he was treating patients. The Chesapeake resident spent two years as an Army medic and then went to nursing school at Old Dominion University before going to medical school. He was later in the Army reserves. At ODU, he studied biochemistry and did research on diabetic neuropathy, which got him interested in foot and leg care. He has been a podiatrist for about 20 years and specializes in wound care.
 
Dr. Joseph G. Smith
 
Dr. Smith said he earns more than $100,000 a year, keeping costs lower by not having to pay rent for an office. He likes being on the road too, loading up his brown minivan with supplies. “It’s kind of being in the trenches,” he said. “I kinda gotta used to what I have at hand to treat what’s there.” If he can’t, he’ll come back for another visit, or refer patients to another doctor.
 
Source: Robyn Sidersky, The Virginia Pilot [10/22/17]
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
NY Podiatrist Provides Boot-Buying Tips
 
As anyone who has walked a mile in boots knows, there's a difference between a pair that feels comfortable when you initially put it on and one that feels supportive after hours on your feet. In pursuit of the latter, Travel + Leisure spoke with Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association and a member of Vionic’s Innovation Lab, where she advises the comfort shoe brand on the biomechanics of the foot as it works to develop health-conscious footwear.
 
Dr. Jacqueline Sutera
 
Though, according to Dr. Sutera, a walking boot's comfort is not so much about the brand or the style, it's about the way it's built. There are three design components you want to look for: shock absorption, cushioning, and arch support. “You want to stay away from really flimsy — I call them ‘buttery’ — super flexible and mushy boots like the traditional UGGs,” Dr. Sutera said. “They’re pretty bad, especially for people that have flat feet and especially when they’re worn out. After one season, unfortunately, UGGs are just made of such soft material that it wears away and you can hurt yourself by walking around in shoes that are old and worn, when the sole is deformed.”
 
Source: Richelle Szypulski, Travel + Leisure [10/20/17]
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MEETING NEWS

120 Attend Fall IPED Meeting

Compliance, coding, billing, credentialing, biopsy techniques, limb salvage, and wound care were just some of the many and varied topics covered at The Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development’s (IPED) Fall meeting held in Pittsburgh. While this could be considered information overload, this program was well balanced by presenting the 120 attendees with lectures on how to keep themselves mentally and emotionally healthy. When so many demands are put on a practitioner these days, it is critical that the practitioner learns to keep a positive and non-frenetic work/life balance. 

Attendees at IPED Fall Meeting

The many round tables held at this meeting gave the attendees the opportunity to discuss concerns and issues with their colleagues and return home with their questions answered or with resources to utilize. The attendees had representation from 20 different states. IPED is looking forward to presenting its winter meeting in Ft. Lauderdale the first week in January on “The Future of Podiatry”.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Things to Ask Your EHR Vendor About Security - Part 3
 
3. Are you Providing the Latest Security Audit 
 
Jim Kelton, managing principal at Costa Mesa, Calif-based Altius Information Technologies also recommends that physician practices ask vendors for their latest security audit, which is often done by a third-party organization, such as a certified public accounting firm.
 
Kelton says physician practices need to review the security audit in detail to determine any possible security risks and ask hard questions about the vendor's remediation plan in the face of those risks. For example, if the vendor says a high-level risk won't be addressed for 18 months, the practice needs to ask why.
 
Source: Aine Crysts, Physicians Practice [10/12/17]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Code S90.322A Rejected by Payers
 
The APMA Coding Resource Center has S90.32- listed with a 7+. Why is Capital Blue Cross and Aetna rejecting S90.322A for contusion of left foot, initial encounter?
 
Edwin S. Hart, DPM, Bethlehem, PA
 
Response: The contusion code is listed in the APMA Coding Resource Center as S90.3- (Quick Index) with the ICD-10 Shortcut noting S90.32x-  with a 7th character indicator (the “x” is a placeholder and remains as an “x” in the valid seven character code). It is also listed as S90.32- in the Tabular List with a 7th character indicator. You would add the “x” character in the 6th position, then choose the appropriate 7th character to complete the valid code.
 
If an ICD-10 code is listed in the Tabular Listing with only 5 characters, like this one, and there is a notation that a 7th character is required, you need an “x” placeholder in the 6th position to expand the code as you choose the appropriate 7th character. The correct valid code for left foot contusion, initial encounter would therefore be S92.32xA (S92.32XA, the lower character “x” vs. use of the capitalized “X” is your choice).
 
The same concept applies if a code in the Tabular Index is 4 characters long and there is an indicator noting a requirement of a 7th character. In that situation, you would need an “x” in the 5th and 6th positions, then choose the appropriate 7th character.
 
Jeffrey D Lehrman, DPM, Springfield, PA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
RE: Double Standard on Medicare Incentives
From: Altamonte Springs, FL
 
It is interesting to note that Medicare Advantage Plans advertise that they will give prospective enrollees a $10.00 gift card to attend a meeting so they can tell you about their plan and hopefully sign you up. If you did this to prospective patients, you would surely get a call from Medicare telling you that it is illegal. I guess there is a regulation that permits Medicare Advantage Plans to do this.
 
Sherwood A. Weisman, DPM, Altamonte Springs, FL
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Halloween Lawn Decoration

Literal explanation of cause of death?

My wife designed this and had a company engrave a foam tombstone for our front lawn.

Source: Keith Gurnick, DPM, Los Angeles, CA

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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 – BOSTON AREA 
 
Well established 15 year practice located north of Boston.  Surgical privilege at two hospitals. Practice grossed $230K on a two-day per week basis.  Patient backlog exists for  full time. Low overhead, excellent referral basis.  Motivated owner will stay for transition.  Please send your inquiry to drcatherinewu@gmail.com.
 
PRACTICES WANTED FOR SALE OR MERGER
 
Southern California based podiatry group is seeking to add podiatry practices to our growing group. Currently we have 12 locations including MRI, CT, PT and Surgical Center facilities.  We have excellent contracts with insurance companies and highly trained surgeons.  We are looking for potential doctors who may want to merge with our group for better practice management and improved payer contract with opportunity for ancillary services.  We are also looking to acquire practices and pay a competitive price for the practice based on market valuation.  For more information please contact. Please Contact us at: bbaravarian@me.com
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST AUGUSTINE FLORIDA
 
Busy practice looking for a full-time associate. PSR-36 Board qualified/certified foot and ankle surgeon. My practice has state-of-the-art equipment with the latest technologies and cutting edge procedures. Candidate must be personable, outgoing and motivated with excellent clinical and surgical skills.  Ability to be busy from day one. Partnership opportunity. Must be competent in all areas conservative and surgical treatments of the foot and ankle. Competitive salary and benefits. Email CV to drfootwound@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SAN FRANCISCO, CA 
 
We have an immediate, full-time opening in our fast-paced, technologically driven, Sports Medicine Practice. If you’re looking for a collaborative team environment, with an emphasis on work-life balance then we want to hear from you. No travel. No wound care. No Medicare. Candidate must have strong biomechanical and surgical background. Generous salary and benefits. Applications accepted online at http://www.fdfac.com/z/about-careers.html
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MULTI-SPECIALTY GROUP IN LOS ANGELES 
 
Join the group/ limb preservation team and our teaching faculty. Must be well trained in limb preservation, trauma, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Starting guaranteed base salary of 120,000/yr with incentives & benefits. Send CV with 3 references to podiatricri@yahoo.com  attention Stan Mathis, DPM
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – DAYTON, OHIO 
 
Highly respected and growing, 5 podiatrist, 4 location practice seeking PSR-36 board certified/qualified foot and ankle surgeon. Must be dedicated, hardworking, motivated, poses excellent clinical and surgical skills, high quality patient care, wound care. Our practice is equipped with certified EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound guided injections, Cutera Laser, regenerative PRP and stem cell technology, 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.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MANHATTAN
 
Experienced  medical and surgical podiatrist. Immediate opening in 5th Avenue Manhattan office. Call immediately  email Dr. JSF  or call 914-523-1210.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MARYLAND 
 
Come join our team of top docs. Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC is looking for help in our busy, multi-faceted group practice (Maryland location), with all the bells and whistles.  Associate position available in one of our established Montgomery County, MD locations. We have all the administrative, marketing, and assistant help in place to help make your practice, with us, a success. See patients, do your charting, and leave the rest to us.  Email your resume and cover letter to newdpm@footandankle-usa.com. We look forward to receiving your information!
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEBRASKA
 
Busy practice in Central Nebraska looking for a full-time associate. Board qualified/certified necessary. Ability to step right in and be busy from day one. Partnership opportunity. Buy-in to surgery center and/or physician owned hospital possible. Competitive compensation with good benefits. Must be competent in all areas conservative and surgical treatments of the foot and ankle. We are looking for a positive and upbeat doctor who is ready to work. Email CV to footdoc5020@gmail.com.
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - MISSOURI, KANSAS, OKLAHOMA
 
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 .
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – KENTUCKY  
 
A provider of high quality podiatric care in nursing facilities is looking for podiatrists to treat patients in Kentucky. We are a fast growing company looking for motivated, caring podiatrists. We offer full-time and part-time positions, with flexible schedules and an unmatched potential for growth. Send your CV and cover letter to office@easternpodiatrypllc.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. Our 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 - 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. Visit www.LIFootCare.com and email eavieiradpm@gmail.com for more info.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PENNSYLVANIA 
 
Great part-time opportunity for a board qualified/certified podiatrist. Some office-based experience and an outgoing personality a must. Located in Doylestown PA. Digital radiology, EMR, 3D orthotic scanning and on-site therapy.  If you love working with great people and patients, then send us your CV now!!! info@qualityfootcare.com
 
MOBILE PODIATRISTS NEEDED - LOS ANGELES, CA 
 
Full Time Position available for podiatrists to visit home bound patients in the LA area and surrounding areas.  Excellent compensation, flexible schedule, dedicated office support staff, cloud based EHR system.   Email CV to: homefootcare@hotmail.com
 
POSITION AVAILABLE - LOS ANGELES, CA
 
Los Angeles based multi office, multi physician foot and ankle surgical practice looking for highly trained foot and ankle surgeon to join our growing group.  Practice emphasis on sports medicine, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and revision surgery.  Prospective candidate must have excellent personal skills and work well with a team.  Competitive compensation and 401K, profit sharing, health insurance, dental and vision insurance. Surgical center partnership potential and full scope hospital privileges available. Facility is state of the art with PT, CT, MRI, Ultrasound and digital x-ray all in office. New graduates are welcome. Please Contact us at: bbaravarian@me.com
 
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