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December 06, 2017 #6,073 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

A partner of Podiatry Management http://www.podiatrym.com
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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

Will eliminating the ACA mandate help podiatry?
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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
CT Podiatrist Discusses Hi-Intensity Interval Training
 
"High-intensity interval training is defined as repeated sessions of brief, intermittent exercise, often performed with an 'all out' effort or at a high level of intensity. This method of intense training may last from a few seconds to a few minutes, and it may include a number of repeats followed by a few minutes of rest or less intense exercise. The intense effort performed will increase skeletal muscle mass in activities such as running or cycling," says Robert Weiss, DPM.
 
Dr. Robert Weiss
 
"It can also improve performance during an activity that relies on aerobic energy metabolism. Such high-intensity intervals are intended to improve training strength. This type of exercise is less time-consuming and can adapt to more prolonged periods of moderate-intensity exercise. For those who have time restrictions, you should only need to do intervals every other day, which means more days off. You will be able to reduce your training time, as well as the actual exercise strengthening because of the higher intensity periods," says Dr. Weiss.
 
Source: News Times [12/3/17] 
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
NY Podiatry Practice Celebrates 3rd Annual "Shoes for the Homeless Drive"
 
For the third consecutive year, the doctors and staff at Country Foot Care will be holding a "Shoes for the Homeless" drive in all their offices. Country Foot Care will once again be asking their patients and neighboring businesses to bring gently worn shoes to any of their offices during normal business hours between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
 
Country Foot Care owner Dr. Steven Brook
 
Last year, over 1,200 pairs of shoes were collected and donated to local homeless shelters and churches to be distributed to those in need.
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
UK Podiatrist Knighted by Queen
 
Neil Roderick Baker, formerly a consultant podiatrist at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to podiatry, and the treatment of diabetes. 
 
Sir Neil Baker
 
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the Civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.
 
Source: Heart
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HEALTHCARE NEWS
The Waning World of the Solo Practice - Part 1
 
Healthcare delivery in the U.S. has undergone an amazing change over the past 30-40 years. In the mid-1980s, more than 50% of physicians were in independent solo practice. By 2017, that number had fallen to only 36%. Where did all of these physicians go? In 2004, only 11% of physicians were hospital-based; by 2012 that number had risen to 65%, and it has been estimated that by 2019, 75% of all newly-hired physicians will be hospital employees. Meanwhile, in 1983, only 5% of physicians practiced in groups of 25 or more physicians; by 2014, that number had increased to 20%. This is clear evidence that physicians in independent solo practice are becoming a threatened species.
 
What is responsible for this dramatic shift in how Americans receive their medical care? Young physicians are 2.5 times less likely to be in solo practice than older physicians, and are less likely to replace older physicians as they retire or die. This may be due to the more predictable income and better work-life balance offered by group practices. Younger physicians also generally have less interest in the business aspects of medicine, and typically lack the entrepreneurial drive that is required to manage a successful solo private practice. In addition, being a member of a group conveys greater strength when negotiating with third-party carriers.
 
Source: Ronald G. Wheeland, MD, Medpage Today [12/2/17]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Understanding Your Practice's Bottom Line - Part 1
 
Let's take a look at four steps you can take to help you understand what is driving the bottom line at your practice.
 
1) Review financial reports
 
Three reports – the income statement, cash flow forecast, and balance sheet – can give you a clear, concise indication of your group's financial performance. From these reports, you can learn more about your cash flow. How is revenue trending? Are there any outliers in expenses? What is the forecast for cash flow based on procedure volume, modality mix, payer mix, and payment trends?
 
You want to compare current periods with prior years' performance and against the budget to reveal variances and trends. Reviewing measures such as revenue per full-time employee (FTE), compensation package per FTE, and overhead as a percentage of total expense will also help you understand whether your practice's performance is in line with your business plan and how your practice compares with other practices nationally.
 
Source: Jeff Akers, CPA, Physicians Practice [11/30/17]
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QUERIES (MEDICAL-LEGAL)
Query: Source for Background Check Companies
 
I am hiring a podiatric assistant and want to run a background check. Does anyone have any suggestions on a reliable company to do this? When I did a Google search, I found many companies but their ratings are generally poor. Also, what are the legal responsibilities of the hiring physician to conduct a background check on potential employees?
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1
RE: Holiday Sock Drive
From: Andrew I. Levy, DPM
 
Here is a picture of our Annual Holiday Sock Tree, in its early stages. This is an idea we got from PM News many years ago and have used in my office ever since. In each of the last 2 years, we collected over 1,000 pairs of adult and children's socks. One of our patients also donated, funding 50 pairs of shoes for children 2 years ago and 200 pairs of shoes last year.
 
Christmas Sock Tree
 
The children’s shoes and socks go to a church organization that provides basic supplies and clothes to 50 to 60 children a month, The adult socks go to 2 senior centers. This is just one of the great ideas shared on PM News, I think it deserves to be recognized and the idea spread again
 
Andrew I. Levy, DPM, Jupiter, FL 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2A
RE: ABFAS Board Exam Pass Rate is Disparaging (Joseph Borreggine, DPM)
From: Don Peacock, DPM
 
The complaints regarding the ABFAS board certification process are completely unwarranted. I say this not to be elitist but to recognize that we all should strive to remain independent. I feel empathy for anyone going through the board certification process. I remember it well and it was challenging. However, I do not feel sorry for anyone complaining about it. The experience should be difficult and will make you more knowledgeable in the end. Complaining about it is silly and serves no purpose. You should prepare and do your best; and like a boxer, you need to be strong enough to give and take a punch. 
 
I will be taking the recertification exam in 2018 and I plan to study and pass it. If I do not...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Peacock's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2B
RE: ABFAS Board Exam Pass Rate is Disparaging (Joseph Borreggine, DPM)
From:  Name Withheld
 
I am glad that there is some discussion about the ridiculously poor pass rate of the ABFAS Exam. The objective data posted comparing our pass rates with our orthopedic colleagues absolutely should be taken into consideration. I attended a great residency program where I obtained solid training, both didactically and practically, with surgical requirements more than tripled in all categories. I never had difficulty with any of the board exams taken through podiatry school. I have established myself in my community quickly and built up a practice with good referral sources and the respect of my fellow medical colleagues at the facilities I am an attending at. 
 
I passed 3 of the 4 ABFAS Part 1 exams on my first attempt, but had to retake the forefoot computer-based problem solving exam 5 times. In this period of time, I studied specifically for the format of the CBPS exam, spoke to the staff of ABFAS administering the exam (who to their credit was very responsive and open to helping in any ethical way they could). I am almost to the portion of submitting cases which, after hearing other examples of respectable surgeons who have failed this portion, makes me very nervous.
 
The system needs an overhaul which would absolutely cost ABFAS money since it did cost me thousands of dollars to even get to this point with the many retakes of CBPS. It's an excellent business strategy for ABFAS to continue to fail that many people, but unfortunately it is at the expense of the next generation of our profession. 
 
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

What to wear when you're feeling blue? (Photo: Charlotte Visser)

Source: Amber Ambrose Aurele via Virtual Shoe Museum

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MEETING NOTICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSTION - WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY 
 
Part time associate needed for well-rounded practice. Office is fully equipped and located in an excellent neighborhood. Candidate needs to be well trained, reliable, honest and hard-working. Latest technology utilized. Position is available as of 01/01/2018. Send letter of interest and resume to DPM626@yahoo.com.
 
PODIATRIST FOR HOUSECALLS- NJ 
 
Well established and fast growing Housecall podiatry practice (www.homefootcareservices.com ) is looking for part-time podiatrist (2 days a week) to do house-calls for homebound patients in Southern New Jersey. We are looking for hard-working, energetic and compassionate doctor.  Position will grow into full -ime within 1 year. Please email resume to lana.raginsky@homefootcareservices.com.
 
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
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
 
Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 18,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770.
CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
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.

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

PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS

Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 18,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770.
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