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December 04, 2017 #6,071 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL RESULTS
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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

Will eliminating the ACA mandate help podiatry?
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STATE PODIATRY NEWS
6 Appointed to TX Podiatry Board
 
Governor Abbott has appointed James Michael Lunsford, DPM and Joe E. Martin, DPM to the Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019. He also appointed Leslie Campbell, DPM and Renee K. Pietzsch, DPM, for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021 and appointed Brian Bradford Carpenter, DPM and Travis A. Motley, DPM for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. 
 
Dr. Travis Motley
 
The governor named Motley presiding officer. The advisory board provides advice and recommendations to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on technical matters relevant to the regulation of the practice of podiatry.
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ON THE INTERNATIONAL LECTURE CIRCUIT
CA Podiatrist Keynotes to Algerian Diabetes Congress
 
Professors David G. Armstrong of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Bijan Najafi of Baylor College of Medicine provided co-keynote lectures at the 3rd Congress on Medical and Surgical Treatment of Diabetes in Algiers. The symposium, which attracted some 400 physicians, surgeons and scientists from around the world featured a diverse series of topics, ranging from care of people in resource-poor regions to next generation cybersecurity and wearable technologies.
 
(L-R) Dr. David Armstrong, Conference Co-Chair Nadia Boudjenah, and Dr. Bijan Najafi
 
Dr. Armstrong reported on very recent data showing the value of intensive podiatric care in amputation prevention. Najafi followed up with data showing how monitoring and dosing physical activity can prevent massive complications and cost.
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PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW
FL Podiatrist Pleads Guilty to Fraud
 
Licensed podiatrist Dr. William Danzeisen, 60, of Ponte Vedra Beach, and Sachin Brahmbhatt, 37, of Jacksonville, who is not a licensed podiatrist, have pleaded guilty to charges resulting from $121,537 in false and fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare, acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow said in a statement released Friday. According to the plea agreement, Danzeisen and Brahmbhatt owned and operated Nourish Foot Care, a medical spa and mobile podiatric service that provided podiatry services to residents of long-term care facilities across northeast Florida. They defrauded Medicare by billing for medical services not rendered by a licensed podiatrist.
 
Source: WJXT Channel 4 [12/1/17]
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HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION
Senate Tax Cut Bill Repeals ACA Mandate
 
By a vote of 51-49, the Senate passed a tax overhaul bill early Saturday morning that included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual mandate, which requires people to buy a health insurance policy or pay a penalty.
 
The vote was mostly along party lines; only Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) crossed over to vote with the Democrats against the measure. The Senate bill must now be reconciled with a tax bill passed by the House on Nov. 16th; that bill does not include the mandate repeal.
 
Source: Joyce Frieden, Medpage Today [12/2/17]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Medical Malpractice Liability in the EHR - Part 5
 
In a recent article in Healthcare IT News, a major liability carrier in a study details the legal risks of the EHR, some of which we could anticipate and some of which were not so obvious. The EHR is creating some risk and liability for providers. Here are some takeaways of the study:
 
5. The EHR keeps track of everything. Every one of your actions, orders, and documentation (including changes and addenda) is logged and time stamped. This information is discoverable in a liability claim and can be used both in defense of your actions, as well as against you. Be careful when charting "after the fact" to avoid any question about false or inaccurate information.
 
Source: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C, Physicians Practice [11/3/17]
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: ABPM Certificate of Added Qualification
 
Can someone clarify a notice that I received from the ABPM asking to apply for a "Certificate of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care"? I asked my former residency director and was told that this was not an approved certificate by the CPME or JCRSB even though it is given by an approved board. 
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Neil H Hecht, DPM
 
I have read the recent posts regarding the ABFAS Board Exam pass/fail rates. I looked up the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery statistics in an attempt to compare. Although the MD/DO residency in orthopedics is 5 years, their scope is the whole body, and therefore it seems to me that 3 years of post-doctoral foot and ankle residency training would be appropriately rigorous and adequate for our DPM graduates.
 
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery posts these statistics on their website:
 
2013       86%        pass       593/689 candidates passed
2014       93%        pass       713/770 passed
2015       95%        pass       707/747 passed
2016       96%        pass       700/729 passed
2017       93%        pass       689/743 passed
 
Statistics can be difficult to interpret, but certainly more than 90% of our 3-year residency-trained post-doctoral DPM candidates should be able to pass “our” certification examination. If not, either we have poor candidates for foot doctors or something is wrong with the test. I would like to believe that the test needs to be closely re-evaluated and rewritten in order to better reflect the trained doctors who seek to become boarded.
 
Neil H Hecht, DPM, Tarzana, CA
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Name Withheld (TX)
 
To echo Dr. Borreggine’s concern, I am currently sitting for my boards in both foot and rearfoot/ankle case reviews. I have the most recent training with the PMSR with the RRA certification. I had my share of failures with the CBPS portion of the exam and I found after speaking with the board that it was not due to my intellectual abilities to reason or make good decisions; it was how I was taking the test which was not explained at the time that I took that portion of the exam. After speaking with them, a video was posted regarding my specific issues that I experienced, which leads me to believe that this was a common problem among candidates. 
 
Once I passed my CBPS portions, I sat for my case review. This was the most frustrating aspect of the process. I was failed based on...
 
Editor's Note: This extended-length letter can be read here
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Dennis Shavelson, DPM
 
I know Drs. Positano and Morelli well for many years. I would stand up for them in debate and send my children to them for care. It saddens me to see them take time from the fruitful lives that podiatry has delivered them to publicly and personally sabotage each other. They represent two sides of the podiatry coin that has existed throughout my career that we cannot seem to get beyond. I have lived on both sides of the coin successfully so I stand as proof they can co-exist on the same planet.
 
One side expertly states: “never operate”. They point to the cripples that foot surgery predictably but rarely delivers as collateral damage seemingly blind to the benefit that our surgical prowess delivers to countless feet. The other side expertly states: “cutting toenails and corns, dispensing orthotics, and providing non-surgical performance enhancement and preventive and quality of life upgrades is below the pay grade and dignity of a DPM.
 
To paraphrase Charles, “these types of debates do not further our profession or either side.” Wearing their bias on their sleeves weakens podiatry in general and lessens them from becoming the colleagues they were meant to be. If I could, I would share the phone numbers of these men with each other and suggest that they cross-refer, co-author articles, and lecture on the same podium. Instead, both of them with good intentions, foster the curse of podiatry here and elsewhere.
 
Dennis Shavelson, DPM, NY, NY
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RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

What to wear while shopping at IKEA?

Source: Hideki Sato via Virtual Shoe Museum 

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN MARYLAND 
 
Established practice looking for a full-time podiatrist for our Waldorf, MD and Clinton, MD locations. Must live within 20 miles from the office. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical skills including ulcer care, diabetes, surgery and general footcare. Must have a strong office personality with the ability to maintain and attract patients. Must be willing to merge into an already established protocol based office. Please send CV to footdocs17@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE NEEDED – WARREN/YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO
 
Ankle & Foot Care Centers operates 20 locations in Northeast Ohio. We are looking to add a full-time podiatric physician to help cover expansion of our Outreach/Home Care Services.  Tremendous growth opportunity for a hardworking individual with an interest in wound care, nursing home and house call patient care.  To learn more about us, visit our website at www.ankleandfootcare.com  Please email your letter of interest and CV to Michael Vallas, Practice Administrator at mike@ankleandfootcare.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

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.
 
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.
 
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 – 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 - 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
 
2019 ASSOCIATE LEADING TO PARTNERSHIP POSITION - FLORIDA
 
Practice where you want to live! And this is where you want to liveThe founding doctor of our uniquely positioned small group in paradise is looking to slow down summer of 2019. We are seeking a podiatrist comfortable in all settings, from foot care to rearfoot/ankle surgery, office to hospital. Numerous hospital and surgical center opportunities abound. Associates and partners have always earned higher than average incomes. Forward us a CV and a note describing what you believe you can bring to us, and come join us in Florida for the good life. email: westflpods@gmail.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - BUFFALO AND UPSTATE NEW YORK
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted livings in Buffalo  and several areas around Upstate New York. Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Positions available immediately!  inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.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 - 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.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - 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

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.
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - HYPERION MED 1530 LASER 
 
980 wavelength. Owned Since Feb 2013 last service Feb 2017. Comes with 1-year warranty from Hyperion Med (doesn’t include warranty on foot pedal or cable). Asking $12,500. Delivery last two weeks of year. Comes with pelican box for transport. Contact ryan@thelasertrader.com

PRACTICES WANTED – HOUSTON, TX AREA 

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.

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