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July 02, 2020 #6,714 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

 
Which area of your practice has been MOST adversely affected by the pandemic? 
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RESIDENCY PLACEMENT UPDATE
2020 RESIDENCY PLACEMENT FINAL REPORT
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PODIATRIC SUPER GROUPS IN THE NEWS
FASMA Expands in Charlotte, NC
 
Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic (FASMA) has expanded again, with its most recent division, Ryan Foot and Ankle, adding five locations in the Charlotte, NC area, including Ballantyne, Concord, Harrisburg, South Park, and University area. Michael Ryan, DPM, is a graduate of Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency at Liberty Medical Center, in Baltimore, MD. Matthew Borns, DPM, is a graduate of Kent State University and completed his residency at Southern Arizona Veterans Hospital in Tucson, AZ. David Garchar, DPM is a graduate of Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine  (OCPM) and completed his residency at Northside Hospital in Youngstown, OH. 
 
(L-R) Drs. Scott Whitman, Michael Ryan, Bradley Lind, Matthew Borns, David Garchar, and Jeffrey Glaser
 
Jeffery Glaser, DPM is a graduate of OCPM and completed his residency at Forum Healthcare System in Youngstown, OH. Scott Whitman, DPM is a graduate of Temple School of Podiatric Medicine TUSPM and completed his residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Bradley Lind, DPM is a graduate of TUSPM and completed his residency at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
5 Things Physician Practices Need to do When Hiring During a Pandemic- Part 5
 
Here are five things you will need to do to hire top talent despite the limitations due to the pandemic.
 
5. Adapt to Remote Onboarding Because of the new work-from-home culture due to social distancing norms, remote onboarding has also increased in popularity. The employee will start working with you without a single office visit. But how is that possible when onboarding is more about meeting the team, knowing your workplace, and forming relationships than learning about your responsibilities? This is where the challenge lies, and your HR team should be prepared for it. 
 
See if your team is equipped with remote onboarding tools such as video conferencing software, screen sharing software, VR technology to give office tours, and screen recording tools. Your team should also be able to make the new employee feel like a part of the business. 
 
Source: Kelly Barcelos, Physicians Practice [6/17/20]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Billing for a House Call
 
How do I bill for a house call? Any thoughts on where I can get educated on this?
 
Dan Altchuler, DPM, Santa Monica, CA
 
Response: To begin with, the code series to bill is CPT 99341-99350. After that, the rules are basically the same as in the office where you bill the level of service based upon history, exam, and decision-making. If you do a procedure(s) at the same time as the home visit, then the same modifier combinations apply as they would in the office. Time can be used to determine the E/M level but that is only face-to-face time and does not include travel time or associated expenses.
 
Medicare used to have a rule that the patient needed to be housebound in order to be reimbursed for home services. That has changed so there are no restrictions beyond the fact that services need to be medically necessary and reasonable. Routine foot care is covered as long as they meet the at-risk or pain criteria, just like in the office.
 
The big caveat is that you are not entitled to bill for a house call E/M just because you went to the house. Unlike your plumber who bills a service fee to come out and then bills on top of that for what they do once they get there, we can not. Just like in the office, if you are rendering a service were the E/M is not significant and separately identifiable, you can only bill the procedure. If the service is non-covered, then you can bill your usual and customary fee. If it is covered, you are bound to the fee schedule. So if you are doing a house call and all you are doing is trimming nails, CPT 11719, that is all you are entitled to.
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) PART 1
RE: The Passing of Rose Mattioli, DPM
 
The co-founder of Pocono Raceway, Dr. Rose Mattioli passed away at home Monday in the company of family at 92 years old. Dr. Mattioli and her late husband Dr. Joseph “Doc” Mattioli founded the Pocono Raceway in 1968 and it is still a community icon today. They are known for their contributions to their community including donations that were often anonymous and unprompted. 
 
Dr. Rose Mattioli
 
Dr. Rose was particularly known for helping women to contribute to motorsports and be involved in an industry that wasn’t very welcoming to them. She graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in 1952 and started her podiatry practice while Joseph started his dental practice, both in Philadelphia.
 
Source: WBRE/WYOU [6/30/20]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 2
RE: The Passing of Irving M. Lewis, DPM
 
I am saddened to announce the passing of Irving M. Lewis, DPM on June 26, 2020 at the age of 83. Dr. Lewis graduated from OCPM in 1960 and was in private practice for over 50 years in Cleveland, Ohio. He was an adjunct faculty member at OCPM (now KSUCPM) and helped train and mentor countless podiatrists and residents.
 
Dr. Irving Lewis
 
He was Board Certified by the ABFAS and on the surgical staff at many Cleveland area hospitals. Later in life, he became a mohel and was well-known in the Cleveland Jewish community.
 
Roger L. Friedman, DPM, Westlake, OH
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CLINICAL QUIZ OF THE DAY

RE: Can You Diagnose This Condition?

A middle-aged female presents with no contributory family history or medical history. She was treated by others unsuccessfully with oral antifungals for at least 6 months. Biopsy and culture were done. She was clinically improved with a mid-strength topical steroid, but got worse when stopping the topical medication. 
 
Can you correctly guess the diagnoses?
 
Who wants to guess the diagnoses? Answer found in next section of PM News
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CLINICAL QUIZ OF THE DAY (ANSWER)

The correct diagnoses were:

-Psoriasiform dermatitis with acute superficial inflammation 
-Cornu cutaneum
 
The culture stained negative for fungal organisms.
 
We thank the PM News subscriber who submitted this case and encourage others to send in similar challenges.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (RELEVANT RESEARCH)
From: Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH
 
I am glad and extend thanks to Dennis Shavelson, DPM for his comment on my post regarding the alleged cause of "COVID-Toe." My comment simply brought attention to this condition. Hopefully, members of the podiatric medical profession will assess the conclusion presented by the American Academy of Dermatology, supporting or challenging the results of their studies. I think that especially in today's climate, such a study would be a major contribution to information constantly being reported on the pandemic.
 
Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICKPOLLS) - PART 1A
From: Robert Spalding, DPM
 
I completely agree with John Moglia, DPM. If you are going to perform electrical debridement for ANY nail care service, especially fungal nails, it is imperative that you FIRST use not only a dust extractor (found with JanL, Medicool, Erica's Files, etc. dust extractor systems, which by the way, only captures approximately up to 70% of the dust based on my company's research) but also utilize an additional source 3 zone capture system, which is not only critical to capture the residual ambient dust but are rated to kill sub-micron viruses such as COVID-19 and depending on its placement.
 
Most all exhaled breath between your work area on the patient’s feet and the patient’s face through electrostatic, HEPA and VOC filtration is captured very effectively and relatively...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Spalding's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS) - PART 1B
From: Bryan C Markinson, DPM
 
A simple search of the global microbiological, occupational science, radiological, and infectious disease literature dating back 2-3 decades will reveal a plethora of citations in the potential dangers and actual incidence of respiratory illness from inhaled nail dust and the microbes that tag along with it. A British NHS study reveals 4x the incidence of asthmatic-type illness among podiatrists.
 
If Dr. Moglia won’t be convinced until he sees dramatic numbers of lung cancer cases, which he won’t, then he should stop wearing seat belts and bicycle helmets. And another word to the wise, should any podiatrist be immunocompromised by any number of medical issues and or
treatments, the risk is...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Markinson's extended-length letter can be read here
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

This shoe comes with its own starting block!

Source: Chris van den Elzen via Virtual Shoe Museum

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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION – WESTERN PA 
 
Well-established podiatry practice in Western, PA looking for a full-time podiatrist to join their team. Position will involve seeing patients at multiple hospitals, wound care centers and satellite offices. Basic qualification: Graduation from an accredited medical school and completed accredited residency program. Board Certified/Qualified. Certificate/license medical license to practice in the State of Pennsylvania. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package to our team members.  email CV to: drstein@deltafac.org
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN NJ
 
Dynamic growing group practice in Southern NJ seeking experienced, well trained associate. Preferred candidate will have a New Jersey license. Opportunity to assume production of senior doctor looking to "slow down". Practice offers full array of services with privileges at local hospital.  Competitive salary and benefits.  Contact: YourPracticeNow@gmail.com
 
GENERAL PODIATRIST – ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTER IN HUNTINGTON, W.VA.
 
Marshall Orthopaedics, a university-affiliated physician group, is seeking candidates for a general podiatry position with an interest in wound care and diabetic limb salvage. This is a full-time opening in a well-established, busy academic orthopaedic practice in Huntington, W.Va. We employ over two dozen attendings, including four podiatrists. We offer a university employee-based benefits package that provides for competitive compensation. Applicants must have successfully completed a DPM program and be board-certified or board-eligible. Applicants must also be able to obtain an unrestricted W.Va. podiatry license. Send CV to: Chad Fisher at Fisher47@Marshall.edu
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTHWEST, FL 
 
Immediate positions for busy practice in SWFL. ABFAS RRA BC or BQ. Athena EMR, Digital x-rays, Ultrasound, DME. Base salary, plus bonus w extensive benefits.  DrLam@NaplesPodiatrist.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE AREA
 
Very busy and growing practice with multiple locations and doctors in booming Knoxville, Tennessee area seeks high energy and personable physician. Modern, office-based practice with readily available privileges at all local hospitals and surgery centers. Immediate volume to fill your schedule with a variety of patients ranging from complex surgical cases to routine foot care. Extremely competitive salary plus very generous bonus structure and benefits. Please send cover letter and CV to ddavidphawk@yahoo.com.
 
FULL TIME PODIATRIST- NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
 
We are a fast-growing podiatry practice in North 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 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
 
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PART TIME PRACTICE FOR SALE -  SUFFOLK COUNTY, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
 
Upscale area. Located in a busy strip Mall. Can be expanded to as many days as you like. Low overhead, low buy in price, fully equipped. Owner is retiring. Contact at bikerpod2@optimum.net or 631 252-5716
 
PODOPEDIATRIC PRACTICE FOR SALE - LONG ISLAND, NY 
 
Well established, 100% pediatric practice. An all cash practice –no insurance. Primarily biomechanics and surgical assessments from worldwide.  Full orthotic fabrication and/or orthotic adjustment lab. Easily added surgical opportunity that are currently referred out. Relocated easily within the NY tri-state area. Contact: Kidsfeet2020@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – REDDING, CA 
 
33 year-old practice in Redding, CA. Beautiful area, mild winters. Snow ski and water ski in the same day. Smaller town feel than large urban area. Has a unique charm. If you love the outdoors, this is a great place to be. Thorough valuation report available. Price $176,000  just.bob@hotmail.com.
 
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