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November 08, 2017 #6,053 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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AT THE COLLEGES
AZPod Appoints New Program Director 
 
Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, President and CEO of Midwestern University, has announced that Jeffrey Jensen, DPM, FACFAS, has been appointed as Program Director for the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine (AZPod) in the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Jensen will also serve as an Associate Dean in the College of Health Sciences.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Jensen
 
Dr. Jensen comes to Midwestern University after seven years at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he served as Dean and Professor in addition to being Senior Director of Research at the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center. 
 
Source: Midwestern University News and Events [11/7/17]
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PODIATRISTS AND DIABETES
MO Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy
 
"Diabetic neuropathy can be a very difficult problem to treat," says Keith A. Beauchamp, DPM, a podiatrist who has a private practice in Macon, Missouri. "I start all my patients off with the two mainstays of all diabetic therapy, diet and exercise. Once blood glucose is under control, I will first try something like Metanx [a nutritional supplement sold by prescription]. This has helped some of my patients with mild to moderate symptoms." 
 
Dr. Keith Beauchamp
 
"I like that I’m not introducing anything more than a vitamin complex, which is less likely to interact with other medicines, of which older people tend to be on more and more. If that doesn’t work, I’ll move them to Lyrica [pregabalin] and notify their family practice doctor about what we’re doing. Most have been very helpful working in conjunction with me in trying to solve their peripheral neuropathy," says Dr. Beauchamp.
 
Source: Joy Pape, Diabetes Self Management [11/1/17]
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MEETING NEWS
AAPPM Hosts Annual Fall Conference
 
Well over 200 podiatric physicians, executive managers, and medical assistants attended the 2017 AAPPM Fall Conference held last weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was praised as one of the best conferences in the long and storied history of the AAPPM.
 
Dr. Brad Bakotic Delivering Keynote Address
 
“Our Fall Conference started with a gripping keynote address delivered by Dr. Brad Bakotic,” noted AAPPM President Ben Weaver, DPM. “The energy and education by top notch speakers just continued from there. The entire AAPPM leadership team was humbled to see such excitement from our colleagues attending the conference. It’s a privilege to be part of an event like this conference.”
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
Paul Langer Joins McClain Laboratories, LLC
 
McClain Laboratories, a leading clinical and research pathology laboratory, today announced the appointment of Paul Langer as Executive Vice President - Business Development. Mr. Langer, a key influencer in the custom foot orthotic field, began his career working with his father, Dr. Sheldon Langer at Langer Biomechanics in 1975. During more than forty years serving the profession of podiatry, Mr. Langer and his companies earned reputations for delivering exceptional service and support across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
 
Paul Langer
 
Most recently, Langer served as Vice President, Operations for OHI. Langer previously held the position of President/COO of Langer Biomechanics Group, Inc., and was a co-founder of industry trailblazer Benefoot with Sheldon Langer and Jason Kraus (President – OHI). Langer also founded Footbon and CM2 orthotic laboratories.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Ways to Improve Patient Health Literacy - Part 7
 
7.  Organize health literacy events
 
"[We have] organized events to promote health literacy. In 2015, we hosted a free Health Literacy Forum. We invited healthcare professionals, educators, libraries, public officials and business leaders, and focused on the 10 health-literacy attributes of a healthcare organization. More than 100 people attended." - Sandy Oelschlegel, director of the Health Information Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center
 
Source: Bob Sandrick, Physicians Practice [10/26/17]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Deb Chirtea, DPM
 
After a long battle against cancer, Dr. Deb Chirtea has died, a family source tells 10 On Your Side. On Nov 1, Dr. Chirtea was able to realize her vision of putting titles that she made with her daughter Madison Perry at Virginia Beach General Hospital .
 
Dr. Deb Chirtea
 
Surrounded by family, friends, nurses, and co-workers, Chirtea toured the hallways, finally getting to see her tiles in their rightful places. On the front, there were sea animals with colored ribbons. On the back, names of people who have battled cancer. Chirtea had battled cancer for nearly a year.
 
Source: Matthew Twist, WAVY-TV [11/5/17]
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Answering Service Capable of Making Patient Appointments
 
I am looking for a company to answer phones and make patient appointments when I am outside of the office. Is anyone aware of such a service?
 
Hal Ornstein, DPM, Howell, NJ
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL)
RE: Orbactiv - A New Antibiotic Alternative
From: Ed Cohen, DPM 
 
I treat numerous diabetic patients with gram positive bacteria, including MRSA-infected foot ulcers. Most of the digital ulcers can be treated successfully with a MIS flexor tenotomy and oral antibiotics. Some patients present with associated bone infection and frequently need IV antibiotics. 
 
Until recently, this required a picc line and 6 weeks of daily IV infusions. Orbactiv is a new antibiotic featuring a once dose protocol that is as effective as 10-14 days of Vancomycin twice a day. Orbactiv is less...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Cohen's extended-length letter can be read here
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Larry Kobak, DPM, JD
 
This email is in response to Dr. Udell's inquiry if you can sue a patient or social media site that posts an untrue review. The answer is sometimes. If the review merely expresses an opinion, that is protected constitutionally. In NY, if the patient goes further and states something that reflects on the podiatrist's ability, such as "(s)he is a butcher", or inaccurately, such as (s)he lost his/her license last year, that is actionable. I have successfully sued the patient for libel in such cases. Please be warned that there is a statute of limitations in such cases. In NY, it is only one year from the time the review was first published.
 
Larry Kobak, DPM, JD, Senior Counsel, Frier Levitt
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Kenneth T. Goldstein, DPM
 
I totally agree with Dr. Udell. Years ago, when a patient didn't want to pay a bill, they threatened to sue. Now-a-days they threaten to post a "nasty review"(because it will cost them money to hire an attorney). The fact that this patient not only wanted the fees removed, but also a DISCOUNT! is absolutely ridiculous. Should you give in, this person sounds like they will write the negative review anyway and say to themselves - "Gotcha".
 
You have done all of the correct manners and given more than enough time for this patient to pay. At this point my answer would be - It is out of my hands and the collection company has control of your account.
 
Kenneth T. Goldstein, DPM, Williamsville, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MACRA)
From Ron Freireich, DPM
 
I’m wondering if there is another hidden issue here, so correct me if I’m wrong. Bonus money for participating in MIPS is coming from penalties assessed to physicians who do not participate (so I'm told). So, isn’t raising the threshold to $90,000 or less in Medicare Part B allowed charges, or 200 or fewer Part B beneficiaries, going to, in effect, decrease the potential “pool” of bonus money available from non-participating physicians penalties since fewer physicians will be eligible to participate in MIPS? Sounds like physicians participating in MIPS in 2018 will be working harder for less bonus money. Sound familiar?
 
Ron Freireich, DPM, Cleveland, OH
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

This wild shoe is an obstacle (in Danish: hæmsko), a shoe which physically and psychologically complicates your path through life. Physically, it weighs 17.6 pounds and each step becomes a small struggle.

Heavy lifting shoe?

Psychologically, its powerful expression almost takes over your personality and you can't trust the surface on which you walk because the sole tips both ways. This shoe can't be trusted.

Source: Anne Kroman, Sara Sofie Nørbo and Simon Grønlund via Virtual Shoe Museum

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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 1 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PROFESSIONAL CO-OP APARTMENT FOR SALE - ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK 
 
4 treatment rooms, consultation room, 2 bathrooms, 1 full storage room, dark room, casting room, nursing area, appointment area, and waiting room Excellent street visibility. Podiatry ready. Strong medical community with 2 active hospitals. Motivated seller. Call 516-987-1847.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY 
 
Are you ready to be your own boss? Well-rounded, successful practice located in Westchester County, NY. Turnkey opportunity. Will stay as long or as short as needed to allow for a smooth transition. Fantastic location, modern office and favorable lease terms. Email letter of intent and C.V. to DPM626@yahoo.com
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
PRECEPTOR POSITION – RICHMOND, VA 
 
Busy Podiatric office is looking for someone who is interested in working in a preceptorship role with our Doctors.  If interested send CV to P O Box 8211, Richmond VA 23226 or odiel@comcast.net.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SANTA FE, NM 
 
Busy and growing practice in the Santa Fe area looking for a high-energy doctor who is seeking full-time employment and can add increased growth to our group. We currently have 10 locations and offer a unique opportunity to treat in under-served areas. Competitive compensation. Board eligible/certified necessary. Competent in all areas of conservative and surgical treatment. Our practice is seeking a positive and up-beat addition who is ready to work. Please send CV nlhuge@animasfootandankle.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – DELAWARE,  OHIO 
 
Do you dream of practicing in a beautiful environment with three supportive, qualified colleagues and staff who are passionate about providing exemplary care? We have been thriving in Delaware, Ohio, near Columbus, for 35 years.  Senior doctor retiring July 1, 2021.  You could be a co-owner in 3 ½ years.  If you’re passionate, positive, ABFAS qualified, and want to learn the “business” of practicing medicine, we should meet.  Visit us at www.FAAWC.com. Contact Elia Ali at elia@faawc.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Group practice seeking hard working associate after January 1. ABFAS certified or 3 year residency preferred. Should have exceptional interest in forefoot and rearfoot surgery and wound care. Competitive salary and benefits with bonus and partnership opportunities. Near mountains and lakes. Forward letter of introduction and CV to: scsoledocs@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 POSITION – MARYLAND 
 
Come join our team of top docs.  Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC is  proud to announce the need for help in our busy, multi-faceted group practice (Maryland location).  Doctor leaving busy, established practice. You will have immediate patient volume to fill your schedule.  We have all the administrative, marketing, and assistant help in place to help make your practice a success.  See patients, do your charting, and leave the rest to us.  Email your resume and cover letter to mddpm@comcast.net . We look forward to receiving your information!
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - BUFFALO, NORWICH, SCHENECTADY AND SURROUNDING AREAS 
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Buffalo, Norwich, Schenectady and their surrounding areas.  Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Positions available immediately!  inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.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 - 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 .
 
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