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December 07, 2021 #7097 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
OH Podiatric Discusses Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
 
According to Lance Johnson, DPM, "Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause pain with every step you take. Tarsal tunnel, similar to carpal tunnel in the wrist, is a compressed or pinched nerve that occurs at the inside of the ankle. Symptoms can occur at the ankle, the heel, and even the bottom of the foot."  
 
Dr. Lance Johnson
 
"Treatment of tarsal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of the patient’s syndrome. Often, providers will order a test called an electromyography (EMG) and/or a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) to help confirm the diagnosis and determine the level of severity. Providers may also order x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to help rule out other diagnoses. Non-surgical treatment may consist of oral anti-inflammatories or steroids, topical anti-inflammatory cream, physical therapy, bracing, and injections," says Dr. Johnson.
 
Source: The Courier [12/4/21]
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR - PART 1
NY Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
 
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the heel that can cause lots of distress and discomfort. “Everyone has a rubber band-like structure, the plantar fascia, on the bottom of our feet that attach our heel bone to the front of our foot,” explains Brad Schaeffer, DPM, owner of Sole Podiatry in Manhattan. “When this rubber band becomes too tight, it develops inflammation and then causes pain.” 
 
Dr. Brad Schaeffer
 
When it comes to the best shoes to treat plantar fasciitis, you want a sneaker or shoe that keeps your foot position neutral. “Some people have flat feet and tend to overpronate, and some people have a higher arch and are over supinators,” Dr. Schaeffer adds. “It’s the job of your doctor to show each patient what foot type they have. It’s also important for our shoes and insoles to support every step that we take.” He always recommends Dr. Scholl’s plantar fasciitis insoles for any shoes needing additional support.
 
Source: Gabrielle Porcaro, Footwear News [12/3/21]
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR - PART 2
NY Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose Shoes for Flat Feet
 
Finding heels that you can wear comfortably all day is a feat for anyone, and that’s particularly true if you have flat feet. “Wearing shoes with more structure and support, especially for people with flat feet, is not only more comfortable but also healthier overall,” Jackie Sutera, DPM, a Board-certified podiatrist, tells Bustle. According to Dr. Sutera, the best heels for flat feet have supportive features like cushioned insoles, a stable design, and aren’t too high for your comfort.
 
Dr. Jacqueline Sutera
 
When it comes to heel height, Dr. Sutera explains, “Some people with flat feet tend to have a difficult time wearing heels that are higher than 2 inches.” But if you want more height, choosing a stable heel design can help. Dr. Sutera suggests wearing a chunky heel, a wedge, or a platform shoe “because these offer more stability and transfer weight across a greater surface area as opposed to a stiletto or pump.”
 
Source: Masha Vapnitchnaia, Bustle [12/4/21]
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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
2021 Year-end Financial Planning Checklist
 
The end of the year is a good time to check in on your financial plan to see if everything is on track or if some things need adjusting. You will be in a better position for 2022 the sooner these items are addressed and adjusted if they are off-track.
 
 
6. Donate to Charity
 
If you are hoping to get a tax deduction for donating to charity, those donations must be made by 12/31/2021 to count toward your 2021 taxes. However, to get a tax deduction, you may need to gift a significant amount to get above the standard deduction. Look to see if you have appreciated assets you could donate instead of cash. Donating appreciated assets from your taxable accounts allows you to avoid paying capital gains taxes when the investments are sold. The charity can sell the investments and avoid paying the taxes, and you get to claim a deduction for the full value of the donated investments.
 
Source: Jeff Witz, CFP®, Physicians Practice  [11/17/21]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: CPT Code and Qutenza
 
Would CPT 64640, “Destruction by neurolytic agent; other peripheral nerve or branch”, be the proper code for application of Qutenza? Supposedly, 8% capsaicin is “destructive” to nerves.
 
Michael Fein DPM, Bethel, CT
 
Response: My first concern is about the comment that Qutenza is “supposedly destructive.” Is this the company’s study? Has the data been peer-reviewed? Has Qutenza been tested on this particular nerve? A company can make whatever claims they want but you are left defending your chart in an audit. Even if this product is “FDA-approved”, it does not mean it works nor will it be reimbursable.
 
Secondly, which nerve are you treating? There is a code CPT 64632 for destruction of a digital nerve if that is accomplished.
 
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (RELEVANT RESEARCH)
RE: Association of Psoriasis with Venous Thromboembolism and PVD
From: Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH  
 
There are no known reviews examining the association of psoriasis with the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) or peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Tai-Li Chen, MD, et al. conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to address this knowledge gap. It was concluded that psoriasis is associated with an increased risk of incidence of VTE and PVD, especially in patients with psoriatic arthritis. The authors also concluded that physicians and patients with psoriasis should be aware of the risk of VTE and PVD.
 
Typical presentations (e.g., unexplained dyspnea, chest pain, and painful edematous swelling, as well as lack of pulses and sensorimotor abnormalities of leg) should not be ignored by physicians who are treating patients with psoriasis. Risk factors, such as obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, and varicose veins, should be identified and treated in patients with psoriasis, and medications like hormone-related therapies should be prescribed cautiously. 
 
 
Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
RE: Refund Request from Anthem
From: Richard Feldman, DPM
 
I received a letter from Anthem requesting a refund for an overpayment that was made two years ago. I contacted my provider rep. I told her that I would be happy to refund the money if they would pay me the money that I am owed from denied claims for second procedures. I am referring to billing nails and calluses. As we all know, this is a national problem,
 
I sent the provider rep a copy of 5 claims. That was 3 months ago. I have not heard back.
 
Richard Feldman, DPM, West Haven, CT
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RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

What a modern Saturnite wears?

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PODIATRY PRACTICE FOR SALE – NEW YORK CITY 
 
30 years in practice. 2-3 days a week. Located in Gramercy Park, New York with the option to renew lease or bring the patients to your own practice. For more information, please email dr.raminzaghi@yahoo.com or call, text, or leave a message at 201-310-5749. 
 
PODIATRY PRACTICE FOR SALE – BENTONVILLE, AR
 
Established solo practice, foot and ankle general podiatry and surgery, hospitals nearby. Three exam rooms. Current 4.5 days/wk patient care. Excellent referral base. Ideal location in growing market. Bentonville and surrounding Northwest Arkansas is a fantastic place to live and raise a family. One of the USA’s fastest growing economies and populations. World class destination for well rounded lifestyle, balancing a robust business and work environment with abundant leisure and recreation opportunities, museums, restaurants, shopping, trails for biking and hiking, and so much more. Nwafootdoc@gmail.com
 
FOR SALE: COMPLETELY EQUIPPED PODIATRIC PRACTICE - PHILADELPHIA SUBURB
 
This solo podiatry practice is located in a Philadelphia suburb near the Pennsylvania turnpike. Very long established. Over 35 years (historical reference: 3 previous podiatrists in the same practice) excellent referral base and volume. Additional amenities: computerized records, orthotic lab, digital x-ray, surgical suite, free parking, and more. For more information and virtual tour, email hershpodiatry@gmail.com.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - LAKE TAHOE, CA
 
Solo practice, turn-key with 2 treatment rooms, 3rd available. General podiatry mix with hospital nearby. Zoomers with insurance moving to town. Boomers with cash anxious to maintain active lifestyle Rent or buy freestanding building. Contact patwooft@hotmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – CONNECTICUT 
 
Practice for sale in Fairfield county growing community recently featured in the NY Times. I plan on retiring in one year. Part-time practice with strong potential for growth contact: footcaremanagement@gmail.com
 
AMAZING PRACTICE FOR SALE- PHILADELPHIA, PA
 
Turn-key upscale boutique 85-year-old podiatry practice. Great location by Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA. Non-surgical grosses $350,000/ four days weekly. Majority of practice is fee for service in low overhead beautiful office setting. Seller will stay on for transition. Serious inquiries only. This is a rarely available cream puff practice / Call (215) 715-1570.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
CLINICAL SURGICAL INSTRUCTOR, FULL-TIME - NYCPM DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
 
Motivated full-time surgical podiatrist with excellent clinical and academic skills in foot and ankle surgery wanted at NYCPM. Responsibilities: Providing quality patient care, teaching students and residents in the diagnoses and treatments of foot and ankle disorders at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and affiliated NYC Health and Hospital Facilities. Qualifications: DPM degree from accredited college of podiatric medicine, NY License, RRA-eligible or certified. Please send CV and cover letter to Mr. Joel Sturm, COO & Vice President for Administration, at JSTURM@NYCPM.EDU
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL NEW JERSEY 
 
FT position available. $200K starting salary. Benefits include health insurance, malpractice, and paid vacation. Well established, single location, 30yr practice. The office has been recently renovated. Position has high financial growth potential for those that are motivated. Email CV to footdoc789@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - DURANGO, CO 
 
Established and growing practice in need of a podiatry candidate with strong surgical and clinical skills. Multiple clinics and some mobile locations in the beautiful Four-Corners area with endless outdoor activities. Board Certified/Board Qualified recommended. Job Type: Full-time. Pay: $120,000 starting base with incentives per year. swfoot21@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MARYLAND/ WEST VIRGINIA AREA 
 
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 
 
PODIATRIST POSITIONS – FLORIDA/SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Join a podiatric team whose work positively impacts the lives of seniors every day! KG Health Partners, the largest podiatric practice in Florida, is seeking full and part-time podiatrists who will provide mobile-based lower extremity care to residents living in long-term facilities throughout the state of Florida and South Carolina.  Achieve work-life balance with a Monday through Friday schedule, competitive wages, malpractice insurance, and exceptional benefits for full-time employees (health, paid time off, 401K retirement plan with company match). You must maintain active Medicare and State licenses. Email CV to kgadmin@kghealthpartners.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Busy two office practice in Upstate SC seeking a full time podiatry associate. Senior doctor looking to slow down. Partnership potential. General podiatry and surgery. Benefits include 401K, malpractice, health and dental insurance, CME, short and long term disability. PTO. Please send CV to podiatryresumes@upstatefootdocs.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA 
 
Busy and thriving podiatry practice with 4 office locations and ASC seeking a surgically trained, highly motivated, ethical and responsible full time associate. Offering a varied patient base and strong support staff, this position could lead to ownership opportunities. Email CV to LFFAC04@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. Resume to sara@sightrite.com (sign-on bonus for VA, CT, DE and PA for immediate start)

ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEWPORT NEWS, VA 
 
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 Newport News, VA - just a quick drive away from the oceanfront. We are a growing group of 125 providers and 73 locations.  If personable, motivated, well-trained, and licensed in VA or willing to secure a VA 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
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW YORK 
 
Expanding multi-office Tri-State practice in New York’s Hudson Valley (1 hour north of NYC) and Milford, PA. Routine podiatry and surgical. Partnering with a NJ Ortho group and will be the main foot/ankle provider. Also, acquiring new location of a retiring colleague. Forward thinking private practice that thrives on offering superb outcomes, minimally invasive surgery, complex repairs and VIP service to our patients. Confident high-energy and skilled physician that lives and breathes foot and ankle and desires independent practice. Email Cover letter, CV, surgical logs (case details/numbers). Salary $130K/Bonus. Drfrankel@frankelfoot.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 , assisted living,  nursing homes, adult  daycare center 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 - FLORHAM PARK, NJ
 
Full-time associate position available for immediate hire in Northern NJ. Competitive compensation package. State of the art facility that includes all aspect of podiatric care. Must be surgically trained with a great work ethic. Please send CV to drsteinberg@florhamparkpodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - HAGERSTOWN AND FREDERICK MARYLAND 
 
Offices located in Frederick and Hagerstown Maryland. Motivated seller/owner of 26 years is ready to sell Hagerstown practice after one year associate position. Would consider selling outright from the start. Will be available for advising, teaching, and practice management as long as needed. Highly producing, full scope podiatry office. drhenrock@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - RHODE ISLAND 
 
Well-established 28 yr practice is looking for motivated and caring doctor with the possibility of eventual partnership and transition to buyout  Compensation includes competitive six-figure salary, health & malpractice insurance, vacation and CME time. Hospital privileges with referral base; all aspects of podiatry. Digital x-ray, Laser, EMR. Please send CV to: ripodiatryassociate@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – OH, KY, CO 
 
National podiatry leader hiring physicians to practice at state-of-the-art facilities in Columbus, Louisville, and Denver — with more national locations to come soon. Our physicians receive generous compensation, bonuses, and a path to partnership without the financial risk. Email resume to careers@podiatry-partners.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - KENTUCKY, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA and MISSOURI 
 
Looking for reliable and ethical podiatrists to service Nursing Homes and Skilled Nursing Facilities in Kentucky, Michigan-in and around Detroit, Minnesota, and Missouri. Send inquiries and CV to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BROOKLYN, NY 
 
Busy practice in Brooklyn is looking hire a full time podiatrist with excellent compensation with growth potential. Must be motivated, hardworking and caring.  Send CV to Footcareemployment@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEW JERSEY 
 
Full-time position available for immediate hire in New Jersey with multiple locations. We are currently looking for a board certified/qualified person who is highly motivated with excellent bedside manner and personality, charismatic, and most importantly a team player. Compensation would include a competitive salary with bonus structure, health insurance, paid vacation time off, paid malpractice insurance. Full array of office-based services with local hospitals, surgery centers and wound care centers. The practice includes all aspects of podiatry ranging from trauma, elective forefoot and rearfoot patients to routine foot care. If interested, please submit your CV to drbhuta@ankleandfootdoctors.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
 
IMMEDIATE ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHWEST, FL  
 
Stat position for busy, modern practice. ABFAS BC/BQ, EMR, Dig x-rays, U.S., DME, Base salary + bonus, PTO, 401K, fees, health ins. 1 ACFAS fellowship available.  DrLam@NaplesPodiatrist.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. LOUIS, MO 
 
Rapidly growing podiatry practice is seeking a personable, outgoing and self-motivated individual, who is competent in office-based practices, surgery, and enjoys all aspects of podiatry. Position available immediately and/or July 2022. $120k base salary with bonus and incentives. Please send CV and letter of interest to podiatrystlouis@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PENNSYLVANIA 
 
Looking to hire no later than July 2022. We are a free-standing large office with surgery center on site searching for a new surgeon to join our high volume practice. Located in a thriving, affluent community with growing patient base. Partnership/equity opportunity for an individual where significant surgical productivity exists in one's own office. Email inquiries/CV to ascpractice142@gmail.com
 
PART TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION – LEHIGH VALLEY,  PENNSYLVANIA
 
We are a growing podiatry practice with multiple locations and doctors. We are looking for a Part-time motivated and caring doctor to join our busy practice. Great prospect for experienced doctor as well as new associate. Applicants interested in nursing homes, office-based practice needed. Please send CV. Khancock@pafootdoctors.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 
 
Podiatry group seeks full-time podiatrist to perform surgical, nonsurgical and wound care. Good opportunity for a graduating PSR-36 resident to join us. We are a high volume, four office/five physician group. The practice is affiliated with a 350-bed teaching hospital with a strong referral base. A generous base salary with a full benefits package.  Candidate must be ABFAS eligible or certified.  Email CV to jhoward@ggpodiatry.com 
 
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