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September 23, 2021 #7,044 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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ANNUAL SURVEY NOW ONLINE - WIN VALUABLE PRIZES
Congratulations to Nicholas Bevilacqua, DPM of Teaneck, NJ, winner of last week's prize of a Dermlite GL dermatoscope (value $395) sponsored by McClain Laboratories. We encourage you to participate in this year's important annual survey. Completing this anonymous survey provides us with valuable data, which we will publish in the February 2022 issue of Podiatry ManagementIt also makes you eligible to win thousands of dollars worth of valuable prizes. Enter by completing this confidential survey and providing your e-mail address in the comments section on the last page of the survey. The earlier you enter, the more chances you have to win. To begin survey, click here.
 
 
This week's prize is 10 tokens (to earn 15 CME credits) on PM's CPME-Approved program  (Value $249). 
 
***This is also your opportunity to vote for the next DPM and non-DPM inductees into the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame. To begin survey, click here.
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
NY Podiatrist Discusses Choosing Hiking Boots
 
"A lot of the people who thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and do big ultramarathons are doing those events in trail running shoes, and not boots," says Howard E. Friedman, DPM, a podiatrist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York. "My basic recommendations are to find a shoe that has appropriate traction for what you're aiming to do, but keeps the weight as low as possible."
 
Dr. Howard Friedman
 
Trail running shoes or even sneakers can work well for short, simple hikes, Dr. Friedman agrees, but many people will want something sturdier as the distance or difficulty increases. "I think if someone is going to be doing a longer distance trip or on technical terrain, that's for sure where I think boots may be more appropriate," he says. "I don't think anyone is hiking to Everest base camp in sneakers."
 
Source: Russell McLendon, The Healthy [9/21/21]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 1
WI Podiatrist Joins  Mile Bluff Medical Center 
 
Damian Hilbert, DPM has joined the podiatry team at Mile Bluff Medical Center providing foot and ankle care in Mauston, Elroy, and Wisconsin Dells. Dr. Hilbert earned his podiatric medical degree at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed a podiatric residency with the added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Wayne, Michigan. 
 
Dr. Damian Hilbert
 
Dr. Hilbert completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center, and is board certified in foot and ankle surgery.
 
Source: Juneau County Star-Times [9/21/21]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 2
VA Podiatrist Re-running for Augusta County School Board Seat
 
In Augusta County, seven candidates are vying for three seats on the school board. Terms are for four years.
 
Dr. John Ocheltree, Jr.
 
John L. Ocheltree, Jr., DPM is an incumbent. Dr. Ocheltree, a podiatrist who has his office in Staunton, is in his 12th year on the school board. He has grandchildren in Augusta County Public Schools.
 
Source:  Patrick Hite, Staunton News Leader [9/20/21]
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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
Top Physicians’ Practice Management Tips of 2021
 
4. Prioritize Safety and Cleanliness - Safety and cleanliness have always been an essential aspect of effective practice management. However, it's now a matter of life or death for your vulnerable patients who have co-morbidities and are classified as high risk. 
 
Consider hiring a professional cleaning and sanitization service to conduct daily cleaning. Professional services use sanitizing mists and tools to ensure every surface is clean, limiting the chances of transmission.
 
 Source: Ashley Lipman, Revele
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Foreign Bodies
 
I am uncertain of the differences between the CPT code series 10120-10121 and CPT code series 28190-28193 aside from the latter being specific to the foot. Any guidance on usage would be appreciated.
 
Tiffany Hodgson, DPM, Fall River, MA
 
Response: The definition of CPT code 10120 is: Incision and removal of foreign body, subcutaneous tissues; simple. I suppose that if you were able to identify a foreign body within the subcutaneous tissue of the foot and remove it “simply,” without having to make an incision or search for it and perform nothing more than simple probing through the portal of entry, this would be the appropriate CPT code to bill.
 
When it comes to CPT code 10121 which is defined as: Incision and removal of foreign body, subcutaneous tissues; complicated, this creates a whole new scenario as specificity is always the key. Now it would be the time to use the “foot specific” CPT codes.
CPT code 28190 is defined as: Removal of foreign body, foot; subcutaneous. This would be the perfect CPT code to use in lieu of CPT code 10121.
CPT code 28192 is defined as: Removal of foreign body, foot; deep. If the foreign body is below the level of the subcutaneous tissue (i.e. subfascial), obviously this is going to be a more extensive procedure than CPT code 28190. Perhaps the use of fluoroscopy would be indicated.
CPT code 28193 is defined as: Removal of foreign body, foot; complicated. For an incision and removal of a foreign body from the foot to be classified as “complicated,” either from within the subcutaneous tissue or deeper, the procedure must include extensive dissection of underlying tissues and/or the adjunctive use of imaging guidance.
 
Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC, Lady Lake, FL
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CODINGLINE CORNER) - PART 1A
From: Tony Poggio, DPM
 
Dear Jay, sorry that you found fault with my reply. The Codingline forum is excellent because it allows for multiple opinions. Doctors can then make up their own decisions. In this case, all the opinions seemed to essentially agree with me.
 
What saddens me is that you think I (and others) do not stand up for our profession. We served on the CCPM student council together way back when. I have served as the chair for the CPMA Medicare Committee since 1996 and have gone to bat countless times for us to make sure we get treated fairly and paid properly. Where Medicare goes, others follow.
 
Many phone calls, emails, teaching articles, seminars, etc. I have done, have been done gratis. Ultimately, presenting what are current billing guidelines and thereby keeping our doctors out of audits, avoiding fines and penalties is also a way to stand up for my colleagues and friends.
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CODINGLINE CORNER) - PART 1B
From: Clifford Wolf, DPM
 
Dr. Poggio's response to the question as to whether you can bill for removal of an implant and a fusion at the same setting is troubling. Of course, they are separate procedures. No one comes with an implant as original equipment, and as such, removal of the implant is not standard when performing a fusion.
 
I agree with Dr. Berenter. Dr. Poggio, can you (or anyone reading this), forward an insurance denial for this scenario. Let’s see the justification for why the insurance company and their experts would deny this. 
 
Clifford Wolf, DPM, Oceanside, CA
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From: Jeff Worman, DPM
 
In response to the doctor's criticism of Dr. Poggio’s advice, I take exception to that. This is a classic example of "don't kill the messenger". While we may not like everything Dr. Poggio has to say, I certainly take his word as law. In this case, while obviously the implant was previously placed, I would absolutely agree that is not a separately billable procedure. 
 
I, too, don't like it, but those are the facts. To imply that Dr. Poggio, who was providing advice, is not advocating for us is 100% inaccurate and, in my mind, an unnecessary personal attack that is totally baseless and unwarranted.  
 
Jeff Worman, DPM, Largo, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Richard Farrell, DPM
 
Dr. Richard Farrell, age 78 of Crown Point, IN passed away September 17, 2021. Richard was a biology teacher at Emerson High School before going back to school at Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. 
 
Dr. Richard Farrell worked as a podiatrist for 25 years in Merrillville and Gary, Indiana, prior to retiring in Florida.
 
Source: Legacy.com [9/19/21]
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IMMEDIATE ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHWEST, FL  
 
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Seeking BC/BQ physician for a well-established podiatry practice in beautiful SW Florida. Looking for a motivated and well-rounded candidate who has patient care as priority #1.  Multiple hospital affiliations and excellent opportunity for growth.  For inquiries please contact footdocswfl@gmail.com.
 
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Part time job 2.5 days/week. $70k base plus incentive. Email CV to hhfootdoc@gmail.com
 
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Thriving podiatry practice with 3 office locations and ASC seeking a highly motivated and reliable full-time associate. Candidate must be board eligible, residency with RRA preferred. Great work environment with strong support staff. Competitive compensation and benefits package with bonus opportunities offered. Please email CV to: careers@mynewfeet.com 
 
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Associate leading to partnership.  We are a multi doctor, multi-location practice in the beautiful NC mountains, a great place to live and raise a family.  Minimal call coverage.  We offer a competitive salary with bonus opportunities and wide range of benefits. New associates are treated as a partner from day one.  No "cherry picking".  North Carolina license required. Send a list of "career goals", "personal goals" and CV to SMFC@att.net
 
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Group practice seeking DPM to take over existing clinic. Only 25% Medicare (no Medicaid) so excellent compensation resulting from substantive workload with good surgical balance. Clinic based with hospital privileges, no travel or facility work. Malpractice coverage, health insurance, 401k, and all professional fees. Please send CV to StlPodGroup@gmail.com  
 
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Immediate F/T position with Long Island based group practice. Seeking amicable, charismatic, EMR savvy team player who is board certified/ qualified in surgery. Competitive compensation with many perks and benefits. Great opportunity for growth. Please send CV to: OWHHpodiatry@gmail.com.
 
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ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to join a thriving group with instant patient volume—practice encompasses dermatology, wound care, limb salvage, sports medicine, pediatrics, in-office formulary, and no nursing homes. We have several types of lasers, including Cutera.  We seek a DPM with surgical skills and good clinic patient management skills—the ability to obtain early board certification and outpace your peers monetarily. Buy-in anticipated after initial contract. Starting with an annual six-figure salary and six-figure bonus. PAID-Medical malpractice/Vacation/Hospital dues/medical organizational dues/health insurance/disability insurance/phone & car allowances/401k and $10,000 signing bonus. DPMPROFESSIONAL2021@GMAIL.COM
 
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Three positions available in FLORIDA with our growing multi-disciplinary group. Immediately busy, full scope schedules. Must be personable, motivated, and ABPM or ABFAS BQ/BC. Private practice experience preferred. Competitive salary/benefits. Clear path to partnership. Excellent areas to live. Start late 2021/ Early 2022. Send CV to podiatrymanda@gmail.com
 
MOBILE PODIATRIST NEEDED - NEW JERSEY 
 
Well-established and fast growing House-call podiatry practice (www.homefootcareservices.com) is looking for Full-Time OR Part time podiatrists to do home visits in NJ. Full Time Position: $100,000 Base Pay Plus BONUS, Paid Gas, Malpractice Ins., Health Ins, Car allowance, Administrative/EMR support. Email resume - Lana.Raginsky@homefootcareservices.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTH JERSEY 
 
Part time job 2.5 days/week. $70k base plus incentive. Email CV to hhfootdoc@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – VA, CT, DE, PA, OH, MO, NJ, NY, TN, FL
 
PediRite provides care to nursing home residents. Excellent opportunities working in our contracted facilities. Flexible scheduling, very lucrative commissions! Great match if you have open days/hours in your schedule. Work available in VA, CT, DE, PA, OH, MO, NJ, NY, TN, FL. Resume to sara@sightrite.com (sign-on bonus for VA, CT, DE and PA for immediate start)
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - BOSTON AREA
 
30 year respected 3-doctor practice seeking to add podiatrist to our million dollar practice 12 miles north of Boston. Office, hospital, home and facility-based patient population. Pay based on generous % of collected revenues. Make your own schedule. Mass General Brigham hospital ACO. Will facilitate training and credentialing. Send CV to docsanf@msn.com
 
FULL TIME PODIATRIST - NEW JERSEY 
 
We are a fast-growing podiatry practice in New Jersey with multiple locations and Doctors. We are currently looking for a full-time motivated and caring Doctor to join our busy practice. Some benefits include: competitive six-figure salary, generous, guaranteed bonus structure, health insurance (including vision & dental), paid vacation time off, paid malpractice insurance and CME time off. Great prospects for experienced Doctors as well as new Associates. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your Podiatric medical and surgical experience in an office-based practice! If interested, please submit your CV to DrSamofal@PodiatryCenterNJ.com
  
PART TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION - LOS ANGELES GREATER AREA 
 
 
Well established and growing podiatry practice has an immediate opportunity and an Associate. Must have CA License and Bilingual Korean preferred. We have several offices throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Please send your resume to scfoot7ankle@gmail.com
 
 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - BOSTON, MA 
 
Foot & Ankle Associates One of the busiest podiatric practices in the Boston area since 1987 We are seeking a full or part time associate who is highly motivated and board qualified/certified in surgery please forward CV to Footanklewinthrop@gmail.com or fax to 617-846-3513.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NORTH CAROLINA 
 
 
Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC is looking for an upcoming or recent residency graduate or experienced practitioner to join our practice in Asheville, NC in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. We are a growing group of 117 providers and 70 locations. If personable, motivated, well-trained, and licensed in NC or willing to secure an NC license, we would be delighted to discuss an associate position with you. We offer growth opportunities, a strong compensation package, and many other benefits. Please send a cover letter and resume to: newdpm@footandankle-usa.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
 
PART TIME ASSOCIATE NEEDED - NYC  
 
 $70/hr.1-3 days a week. Well respected Park Ave practice. Room for growth. Please email healthyfeetny@gmail.com with CV.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEW JERSEY
 
Seek 3 or 4 years associate, to join a fast-growing multi locations, NJ busy expanding podiatry group practice. Requires individual who is well trained in all surgical fore and rear foot & ankle procedures. Independent practice, partnership opportunity, competitive compensation and benefits provided. Start date July 2022 Send CV kmercado@footandankleps.com
  
ASSOCIATE POSITION - BRONX AND BROOKLYN, NY 
 
 
Busy multi location podiatry practice seeking a podiatrist for their Bronx and Brooklyn locations. Looking for intelligent, well spoken, well rounded and dedicated podiatrist to join our team. Surgically or medically boarded a plus. Please send CV and salary requirements to fsfootcare@gmail.com.
  
IMMEDIATE ASSOCIATE POSITION – YUMA, AZ
 
 
Looking for a podiatrist/surgeon to work with me in the practice my late husband built over 34 years. It is a hit the ground running business. I'm looking for immediate help. The position is salary with benefits.  Location is Yuma, AZ. Please contact Sheila Myers-Farrell 928-287-8498 toedoc@roadrunner.com
  
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR - ARIZONA SCHOOL OF PODIATRIC MEDICINE
  
The Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine with Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona invites applications for a full-time 12-month tenure track Assistant Professor faculty appointment that includes an academic and clinic appointment. Please review the full job advertisement and submit applications online at www.midwestern.edu. Email questions to Dr. Jeff Jensen at Jjense1@midwestern.edu.
 
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Est. practice with optimum visibility and referrals. 3.5 days/week; increase growth by adding hours. Great income potential for a foot surgeon. Hospital privileges available. Gross approx. $300,000. Priced at $170,000 includes equipment, turn-key. Email at dpmassist@gmail.com
 
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