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November 27, 2017 #6,066 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRIST IIN THE NEWS

Famed Publicist Touts Cosmetic Foot Surgery by NY Podiatrists

Legendary publicist Peggy Siegal has self-published one of New York’s buzziest books of the fall: a list of her favorite doctors, stylists, and beauticians in the city, titled How to Look Like Me at 70, which she handed out to select fab friends bound in pink ribbon. Online commenters who got hold of the book are particularly curious about the “toe reductions” Siegal raves about. “Dr. [Jonathan] Levy’s partner, Dr. [Richard] Frankel, who was my podiatrist of 30 years, gave the best toe reductions, but just retired,” Siegal writes in the guide. “Dr. Levy guarantees relief from corns and bunions. If you clock as many miles as I do running up and down the red carpet, corns are a major concern.”
 
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Levy, of NYC’s Park 56 Podiatry, tells The Post that the procedure Siegal refers to isn’t quite a “reduction,” but rather a straightening out of toe bones if a patient has a hammertoe, and removal of corns and other deformities. Hammertoes can cause pain — especially if the bent bones are jammed into too-small shoes — but surgery is often elective, performed so a patient has better-looking feet and prettier shoe options.

Source: Molly Shea, New York Post [11/24/17]

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ON THE LECTURE CIRCUIT
NJ Podiatrist Speaks to Coalition of Podiatrists and Rheumatologists
 
On November 17th at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington, California John Cozzarelli, DPM addressed an audience of rheumatologists and podiatrists, discussing inflammatory disorders of the foot and ankle. His lecture was titled  "Acute Gout, a Podiatrist's Perspective."
 
Dr. John Cozzarelli
 
The program was sponsored by United Rheumatology. There was an advisory panel forming a coalition of rheumatologists and podiatrists with the goal of working together for management of these patients.
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
Sneakers Better Than Clogs: NY Podiatrist
 
Sneakers may be better for your feet than the modern iteration of Dutch clogs that many people in the healthcare and service industries favor, according to a podiatrist from New York City. The modern version of clogs may be made of more malleable materials like rubber, but Dr. Suzanne Levine said in a Daily Mail article on Nov 21 that they are not much better than the traditional wooden ones. According to her, wearing clogs for long periods of time can cause fissures in the heels and stress that travels to the ankles, knees, hips, and back. “They’re rigid of sole and have no shock absorption. You can hear people clogging along, the gait is ridiculous and more importantly, the stress fractures and that shearing stretches up the spine,” said Dr. Levine.
Dr. Suzanne Levine
 
A study by researchers from the Western University in Ontario appeared to confirm that. When they examined the toes of more than 500 skeletons that were 200 years old from an Amsterdam farming community, they found craters carved out from the bones. Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist and team concluded that the “craters” were caused by osteochondritis dissecans, a condition in which the bone underneath the cartilage of a joint dies from a lack of blood flow, causing the bone and cartilage to break loose.
 
Source: Channelnewsasia [11/22/17]
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PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW
FL Podiatrist Busted on Thanksgiving Drunk Driving Charge
 
A well-known Villages podiatrist is free on bond following his arrest on a drunk driving charge in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving. Dr. Felix J. Esarey, 49, who resides in the Villages of Parkwood, was released from the Lake County Jail at 2:16 a.m. Thanksgiving Day after posting a $1,000 bond.
 
Source: Villages-News.com [11/25/17]
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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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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
How to Stay HIPAA Compliant When Using Social Media
 
As a healthcare provider, there are steps you can take to maintain your share of voice on social media while ensuring that you remain compliant with HIPAA privacy protections.
  • Review your code of conduct with your staff and make sure they understand that it extends to social media platforms.
  • Post your patient privacy policies prominently on all of your social media platforms.
  • Review your social media accounts on a daily basis so you can respond quickly to any potential problems and build strong and trusting relationships with patients and the community at large.
Source: Michael H. Broder, MDLinx [11/23/17]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: David Zuckerman, DPM
 
I refer you to the OSHA standards for sterilization of burs that state that burs are considered sharps and should be discarded and not sterilized after each patient. For example, VA Podiatry clinics discard nail burs after each podiatry patient. It appears from this research there may be potential OSHA violations if you try to sterilize nail burs twice.
 
Q: What are the guidelines for sterilizing dental burs, according to OSHA? 
 
A: Since sterilization of instruments is not an employee health issue, OSHA does not provide guidance for sterilization. However, since used burs are a contaminated sharp, employees must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment when handling them after patient care. Like other contaminated disposable sharps, used burs should be discarded into sharps containers.(1) Because dental burs are difficult to clean and are degraded by the sterilization process, dental offices should consider making burs a single use disposable item.
 
Reference: 1. OSHA. 29CFR 1910.1030. Bloodborne Pathogens, Final Rule
 
David Zuckerman, DPM, Cherry Hill, NJ
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Dan Klein, DPM
 
I provided podiatric services to about 10 nursing homes for about 20 years. I advised patients about the “routine foot care” clause and collected fees from the patient’s family. I was approached by a Chicago-based company run by a podiatrist, who asked me to work for them doing essentially routine foot care for a salary. They would, in turn, bill CMS for these services. When I explained to this company that these services were non-covered, and I would not commit fraud, they suggested that I diagnose conditions that would allow them to bill for the services. 
 
When I refused to collude with this company, they advised me that my relationship with these homes was in jeopardy and they would find another podiatrist who would work with them. To my dismay, I was advised by these same homes that my services would no longer be needed and they were going with another podiatrist who would do these services. So after 20 years of service to these homes, I lost out to a podiatrist who would create diagnoses, and often embellish conditions that didn’t exist for each resident.
 
Years later, the same Chicago-based company was cited by the Federal Government and the owners of the company were fined and going to prison for fraud. My integrity cannot be bought! Without integrity, a podiatrist, a doctor, a person is nothing!
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR PRACTICE MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP 
 
New Jersey Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons Group, LLC Applications are now being accepted for a one-year postgraduate Fellowship in Practice Management.  This experience will provide complete and comprehensive training in multiple aspects of podiatric practice management. Candidates should be in their last year of postgraduate training.  All applications should be received by 31 December 2017.  Inquiries should be directed to current fellow Dr. Amy Miceli: amym@njpodiatrygroup.com 
 
ASSOCIATE  POSITION - NEW YORK (BROOME COUNTY, NEAR BINGHAMTON)
 
Well established, stable, 37 year practice. Fee-For-Service with NO 3rd party Insurance & a broad referral base. 3-4 days/week. Average gross $675K/year. Practice emphasis is Biomechanics with comprehensive video & in-shoe pressure mapping lab. Large laser onychomycosis referral and treatment. Local surgical hospital privileges available. Office and equipment modern & high quality. This is a rare opportunity to practice in a proven 100% fee-for-service practice. Can stay to introduce and train. Reply to:uniquepractice@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTHERN NJ

Established office w/ 5 DPMs. Large referral base from PCPs, vascular, peds and orthopedists. Well-rounded hospital/surgical center based practice. All aspects of foot and ankle care. Many new patients weekly, solid surgical schedule. Modern office w/ EMR. Involved with residency program. Must have strong ethics and highly motivated. Serious associates only leading to partnership. Must have PMSR/RRA or equivalent training. Competitive compensation package. Starting July 2018. Please email CV to Northnjpod1@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 - TENNESSEE
 
Extremely busy and growing practice in the booming Knoxville, Tennessee are seeks high energy personable Physician. Immediate patient volume to fill your schedule. High volume practice with partnership available. Please send cover letter, CV and salary requirements to ddavidphawk@yahoo.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. Great opportunity to work in one of the country's premier practices.  Visit www.LIFootCare.com and email evieira1@nshs.edu for more info.
 
2018 GRADUATE ASSOCIATE POSITION- LONG ISLAND 
 
Country Foot Care, a Long Island based, well-rounded multiple office group practice seeks 2018 third and fourth year graduating residents or fellows to join our state-of-the-art practices in July. Our practices are affiliated with multiple hospital systems, surgical and wound care centers and a residency program. Requirements: Caring, ethical, board qualified/certified candidates with surgical training and leadership qualities who are willing to live/relocate to the Long Island, NY metro area. Compensation includes biweekly salary, a generous bonus schedule, malpractice and health insurance, paid holidays and PTO. We invite all interested doctors to email their CV to DrLeeb@countryfootcare.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - PHOENIX, ARIZONA 
 
Multi-Office Practice in the Greater Phoenix Metro seeking an energetic Physician to practice all aspects of Podiatric Medicine, including DME and Surgery, for its office in the Southeast Valley. Excellent growth potential in an established practice. Please contact us at ValleyFeet@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – DAYTON, OHIO 
 
Highly respected and growing, 4 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 – 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. Start date August 1, 2018. 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!
 
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 - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
Riverside County.  Full time, motivated, outgoing associate wanted for immediate opening.  Multi-office, multi-doctor practice is looking for hard-working individual to treat wide range of patients.  All aspects of care including very busy office, surgery, senior retirement communities and managed care.  Speaking Spanish is a definite plus.  Hospital and surgical center privileges available.  If you are willing to work and have good people skills, email your CV to ocpodiatryoffice@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS 
 
Seeking an outstanding, highly motivated confident candidate with top-notch personal, clinical and surgical training and skills to join established and highly esteemed diverse expanding practice. Entire spectrum of podiatric practice.  Fantastic opportunity with competitive compensation and great future potential.  Looking for the right person!  Send resume and references to footandankle22@aol.com

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR PRACTICE MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP 

New Jersey Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons Group, LLC Applications are now being accepted for a one-year postgraduate Fellowship in Practice Management.  This experience will provide complete and comprehensive training in multiple aspects of podiatric practice management. Candidates should be in their last year of postgraduate training.  All applications should be received by 31 December 2017.  Inquiries should be directed to current fellow Dr. Amy Miceli: amym@njpodiatrygroup.com 
 
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Group looking to purchase practices in the greater Houston area and up 2 hours away by car. Doctors looking to sell and stay on welcome. If interested, please email faajobs@gmail.com.

PROFESSIONAL CO-OP APARTMENT FOR SALE - ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK 

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