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November 09, 2017 #6,054 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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We've just mailed the November/December 2017 issue of Podiatry Management. This special diabetes issue includes over a dozen articles on this important topic. In addition, you'll find our usual assortment of features and columns.

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
75% of Salons Don't Follow State Protocols for Disinfection: TN Podiatrist
 
Dr. Robert Spalding, a Tennessee podiatrist and author of Death by Pedicure, says the most alarming health risk at a nail salon is injury that leads to infection. It's especially important for salons to follow sterilizing procedures to prevent blood-borne infections such as HIV and hepatitis in the event of injury. Infection symptoms include pain, redness, itching, or pus in our around the nail area. Nail discoloration is also a sign of a bacterial and fungal infection.Spalding notes that about 75 percent of salons in the U.S. don't follow state protocol for disinfection.
 
Dr. Robert Spalding
 
Tools are required to be soaked in a disinfectant for 10 to 15 minutes, but Spalding says when shops get busy, tools are often removed early and used on the next client.Infection can also stem from dull nail files, not changing pedicure bath linings, and breaking the skin with sharp instruments typically used to cut corns or calluses. Spalding adds, "A huge number of people walk in with nail fungus, and most state laws prohibit them to be served, but they are served anyway. That then causes a bigger problem on the bacterial level."
 
Source: Kayla Brantley, Daily Mail [11/6/17]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Aussie Podiatrist Discusses How to Recover After Wearing High Heels
 
Brisbane podiatrist Andrew Barlow said wearing heels comfortably is all about moderation. If you don't, there were simple ways to help feet recover after a day in heels. "Get a tennis ball and roll the ball around the arch of the foot, especially around the forefoot," he said. "This works on the soft tissue to relieve the pain and tightness that's a response from being in a bad position throughout the day."
 
Andrew Barlow
 
In addition to massaging with a tennis ball, Barlow said ice could help. "Use ice; then place them [your feet] up above the level of your heart so they don't swell up too much," he said.
 
Source: Jessica Hinchliffe, ABC Radio Brisbane [11/7/17]
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PODIATRISTS AND POLITICS
OH Podiatrist Favors Law Reducing the Costs of Prescription Drugs
 
Reigning in the rising costs of prescription drugs sounds like a simple ballot initiative, until people turn on the TV. Issue 2 requires the state pay "no more for prescription drugs than the price paid by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs." For months, ads for both sides of Issue 2 have flooded the airwaves, but many people are still confused by the ballot measure. 
 
Dr. Tanisha Richmond
 
Proponents say it will save the state $400 million a year by reducing rates for those on state health plans. For Dayton-based podiatrist Dr. Tanisha Richmond, that means more left over to drive down other areas of care. “If they can decrease the cost of drugs, maybe they can spend money on other programs like drug rehab and different things that can help patients.”
 
Editor's note: This ballot issue was defeated.
 
Source: Rachel Aragon, ABC-TV-22 [11/6/17]
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS - PART 1
BAKO Announces New National Sales Manager
 
BAKO has announced that Kevin Nicholls has joined BAKO, a national leader in podiatric pathology services, as National Sales Manager. Nicholls, a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School, has an extensive background in medical sales, including employment at Quest Diagnostics as Sales Director, a 20-year tenure with Pfizer Pharmaceutical, and most recently as Business Director for Myriad Diagnostics’ Assurex Health. 
 
Kevin Nicholls
 
Dr. Laurence McCarthy, BAKO CEO states, “Kevin has a passion for his work and is known for his consultative approach to clients and colleagues. After an extensive search, we are honored to have Kevin join the BAKO Leadership Team.”
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS - PART 2
Biomedix Provides Aid to Customers Affected by Hurricane Harvey
 
Hurricane Harvey was the costliest hurricane on record, and displaced over 30,000 people in Texas and Louisiana. Biomedix is committed to helping PADnet users get back on their feet. “Our Customer Service team has already reached out to a number of PADnet customers, offering extensions of service to cover the time they couldn’t perform PADnet studies due to the circumstances surrounding this natural disaster,” shared Biomedix CEO John Romans. 
 
John Romans
 
In addition, Biomedix is even offering PADnet users without Biomedix service a period of no-cost service and support. “Practices with PADnet can reach out to Biomedix Customer Service to confirm that they were impacted, and we’ll develop a customized, no-cost program to get their PADnet program up and running,” said Chris Trygstad, Network Director of Biomedix.
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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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MACRA UPDATE
Takeaways on the 2018 MACRA Final Rule - Part 1
 
1. Two overall trends are clear: Payment reform continues apace, and the administration wants to reduce the regulatory burden of MACRA on providers. The 2018 rule was the Trump administration's first opportunity to put their stamp on MACRA's QPP, and they largely left the structure the same. The final rule gives clinicians more ways to succeed in the program, while also offering flexibility to providers, especially solo practitioners and small practices.
 
Source: Tony Panjamapirom and Rob Lazerow, Health Data Management [11/3/17]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Ways to Improve Patient Health Literacy - Part 8
 
8.  - Use YouTube Videos
 
"A patient's time with their doctor is so brief that we really need to maximize our impact for best outcomes. There are many websites and YouTube videos where patients can learn how to take care of their health. My office computer can access the Internet, so it is easy for me to send patients a pertinent link during their office visit. Better chance they will look at a website or video if it is in their inbox. Plus with [EHRs], I can print out my verbal instructions after every visit to improve compliance." Dana Simpler, MD, primary-care specialist, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
 
Source: Bob Sandrick, Physicians Practice [10/26/17]
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QUERIES (MEDICAL-LEGAL)
Query: Effect of MIPS on Buy-in Price 
 
I have been an associate for the last 12 months. I am now offered a buy-in, but I have also found out that the group TIN for billing did not meet MIPS criteria. This means a reduction in payments. With buying out a physician, my Medicare patients will also increase significantly. Do I have any options at this point in time? Also, should this reflect on the purchase price of the practice? 
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MACRA)
From: Michael L. Brody, DPM
 
Readers have brought up the question what will happen when providers with a smaller Medicare population are exempt from potential MIPS Penalties. Many practices that could receive a penalty will not because they are below the low volume threshold. Many practices that could receive an incentive will not because they also are below the low volume threshold.
 
The threshold for getting a penalty is moving from 3 to 15, making it easier to be penalized and more difficult to get a bonus. With all of the changes that will impact the amount of incentive monies that high performing practices can earn, it is difficult to predict the impact on the amount of incentive received.
 
One thing that is clear, with smaller practices not being eligible for MIPS, these practices will NOT be able to collect exceptional provider bonuses, so there will be more available from that pool for the larger practices that are exceptional providers.
 
Michael L. Brody, DPM, Commack, NY
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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 – 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. Start date August 1, 2018. 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.
 
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.
 
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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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