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October 28, 2017 #6,045 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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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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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Two CT Podiatrists Head New Hospital Diabetic Foot Clinic
 
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Multi-Specialty Group has added a new Diabetic Foot Center to its roster of physician practices and services headed up by CHH Podiatric Surgeons Dennis D' Onofrio, DPM, and Darren Winkler, DPM.
 
(L-R) Drs. Dennis D' Onofrio and Darren Winkler
 
Dr. D'Onofrio joined CHH in 1990. He attended Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and served his Residency and Internship at V.A. Medical Center, West Haven. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is also a certified wound specialist physician. Dr. Winkler joined the CHH medical staff in 2010. He attended Medical School at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and did his Residency and Internship at St. Barnabas Hospital. He is Board Eligible for the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
 
Source: Bridgeport Connecticut Post [10/26/17]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
NJ Podiatrist Joins West Milford Practice
 
Lee Greenberg, DPM, who has joined the West Milford practice of Dr. Allen S. Kirk, earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at George Washington University in Washington, DC. As an undergrad, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, but while shadowing practitioners in different specialties, he encountered an athletic trainer who was also a podiatrist. "Once I saw what he did, I was hooked on podiatry," he said.
 
Dr. Lee Greenberg
 
Dr. Greenberg attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and did his residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital and North Shore University Hospital. Greenberg worked at a large wound care center and trained with nationally recognized podiatrists. 
 
Source: Ginny Privitar, The West Milford Messenger [11/26/17]
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MEETING NOTICES
Podiatry Institute Holds Forefoot Cadaver Surgical Course
 
Last month, Grant Gonzalez. DPM (IL) and Casey Burchill, DPM (NV) taught a forefoot cadaver surgical course at the Podiatry Institute of DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia. Participants included orthopedic and podiatric surgeons from ten different states.
 
(L-R) Drs. Grant Gonzalez and Casey Burchill
 
The three-and-a-half day course was aimed at increasing the attendees' comfort performing common podiatric forefoot and basic rearfoot surgical procedures. This included both live surgical observation and hands-on participation. The course included lectures and detailed instruction in surgical procedures for the foot and principles of internal screw compression fixation.
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Gout Injection Coding
 
A Medicare patient presented with gout symptoms in the foot. I gave an injection of lidocaine, Marcaine, and a small amount of dexamethasone proximal to the gout-symptomatic area for the hyperemic effect. How can I bill the injection?
 
Adam Klein, DPM, Lynbrook, NY
 
Response: The choice of injection codes would be based primarily on the location of the injection. For example, CPT 20550 for the injection of “single tendon sheath, or ligament, aponeurosis“.
 
If you injected a joint, e.g., metatarsal-phalangeal joint or interphalangeal joint, the coding might by CPT 20600 (arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; small joint or bursa (e.g., fingers, toes); without ultrasound guidance).
 
You can also bill the “J” code for appropriate amount and type of dexamethasone you used.
 
Mike King, DPM. Roswell, GA
 
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Things to Ask Your EHR Vendor About Security - Part 6
 
6. "What is your financial responsibility for a breach?"
 
Jim Kelton, managing principal at Costa Mesa, CA-based Altius Information Technologies, says practices also need to know in advance who's paying for patients' free credit reports. Is that at the vendor's expense or is the practice responsible for those fees?
 
One of the biggest challenges with preventing security breaches at physician practices is there's no on-site expert on security and technology, says Gerard Nussbaum, principal at Zarach Associates, a Chicago-based healthcare consulting firm. That's why you need an in-house expert who can ask your EHR vendor the tough questions about their plans if the firm is ever hit by a security breach.
 
Source: Aine Crysts, Physicians Practice [10/12/17]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A

RE: Why Do Some State Boards of Podiatry Still Limit Online CME? (Alan Sherman, DPM)

From: Larry Aronberg, DPM

I completely agree with Dr. Sherman. When I go to a bottoms-in-the-chairs seminar, people wander in and out, tune out the lecture, etc. You just have to sign in and sign out for credit. With online, there is a test you have to pass. You have to learn the material to get the credits. When you also consider travel, lodging, and time away from your practice when attending a seminar, online seems even more logical. I love the hands-on courses at seminars, but would much prefer most of my credits online with just an occasional trip for a distant seminar.
 
Larry Aronberg, DPM, Lake Worth, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Bret Ribotsky, DPM
 
I’ll take the counterpoint to my friend and Boca Raton neighbor, Dr. Sherman. Live CME events are best. Not only have I had the opportunity to have lectured in 49 of the 50 states and many 15 different countries, but I have also been the patient for multiple foot operations. For the months after my accident, I spent many months in rehab, unable to walk, and did many online classes. I collected online training certifications in real-estate, insurance, financial planning, securities series 7, 63, and a bunch more. But... there is nothing as good as live learning. And as a physician, there is so much more to learn at a seminar than what is learned in the lecture hall. I have learned so much in the hallways, and at the bar from my colleagues. Meet the Masters was started 8 years before my injuries, with the idea that learning outside of the lecture hall was priceless.  
 
I do enjoy online events, but I would hate to miss the yearly get togethers to learn from and with others. As a patient, I know the difference between great and outstanding care; that it comes from those with exposure to many viewpoints which only a live event can deliver.  
 
Bret M. Ribotsky, DPM, Boca Raton, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1C
From: Barbara Hirsch, DPM
 
In 2015, the Maryland Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners initiated a change in the state regulations to go from 50 CME allowed online to only 25 online CMEs allowed online. I am the only Maryland state licensed podiatrist who commented against this proposed change to the state (during the allowed comment period). I felt it was ridiculous to decrease the amount of online CME allowed for various and obvious reasons, the main one being cost. Even a "local" seminar can require travel costs, lodging costs, and high fees.
 
I provided examples of what it costs to attend many seminars. I provided an example of the exact same seminar offered online (a taping of the seminar) and live. The only difference was the cost. The state of Maryland has limited CME seminars, and one cannot always attend due to personal reasons.  
 
The MPMA used to have a "Day of Science" but this has not been done in a few years (it was used as an example of "Free" CME credits for a live seminar as one "excuse" for the change in the requirements. I was not only thinking of myself, I was thinking of anyone else who has monetary issues/concerns, physical issues, family issues, etc. I only wish that other Maryland state licensees had similar concerns for their colleagues. Allowing 50 CME online credits let everyone do what was best for them. Limiting online CME credits to only 25 was a step backwards. 
 
Barbara Hirsch, DPM, Rockville, MD
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2
From: Hal Ornstein, DPM
 
Brad has been a gem for our profession for many years. It is safe to say that he is on top of the list of dedication to our profession as well as financial support. What’s most remarkable is his service to students and residents to support their initiatives on a local and national basis. The Rhett Foundation he has created will prove to help thousands and is so much a part of his DNA. You’re a great man Brad.
 
Hal Ornstein, DPM, Howell, NJ
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEW YORK
 
We are excited to offer an opening in Astoria and Valley Stream for a podiatrist seeking to start a new practice or move an existing practice over. The buildings already include a successful interventional pain management practice, large physical therapy practice, chiropractic & acupuncture practices. The spaces are beautifully built out, furnished, and well established.  Rent inclusive of most expenses as well as Excellent Locations!! Text or Call Dr G 516.220.5782  or email drg@nyrehab.com
 
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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.
 
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
 
ASSOCIATE POSTION - WASHINGTON STATE
 
Three DPM practice looking to replace departing associate in busy General/surgical podiatric practice. High growth area with new hospital under construction and multidisciplinary ASC available with ownership option. Podiatric medical practices in the area remain independent, and interest in buy-in with existing associate preferred. Supportive medical community with good balance of urban/rural environment. Great access to  Seattle/Tacoma, Puget Sound, mountains and the NW great outdoors. Reply to hr@kitsappodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – IOWA & KENTUCKY 
 
A provider of high quality podiatric care in nursing facilities is looking for a podiatrist to treat patients in Iowa & Kentucky. We are a fast growing company looking for motivated, caring podiatrists. Full-time and part-time positions available. Please send your CV & cover letter to office@easternpodiatrypllc.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 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 – 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
 
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.
 
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EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - NEURO MICROVAS MACHINE
 
Hardly used neuro MicroVas machine, model II. Best offer. Email victoria@nyhealingfeet.com
 
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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.
 
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