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December 03, 2029 #6,562 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

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How many bunion procedures do you perform in a year?
 
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APMA COMPONENT NEWS

APMWA Announces 34th Annual Student Writing Competition

The American Podiatric Medical Writers Association (APMWA) has announced its 34th Annual Student Writing Competition.

  • All papers MUST be non-technical in nature. Appropriate subjects include practice management, ethics, law, education, or any topic that would be suitable for a lay publication.
  • There is no word limitation. Papers will be graded for content, style, grammar, neatness, and overall impact.
  • First prize one thousand dollars ($1,000), Second prize seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750)  Third prize  five hundred dollars ($500)sponsored by an APMA Educational Foundation endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Steven Berlin, and recognition in the APMA NEWS and the APMWA Newsletter. Honorable Mention Certificates may also be awarded.
  • This competition is open to ANY enrolled podiatric student.
  • Entries must be received by 4/1/20 via e-mail at bblock@podiatrym.com
  • Entries become the property of APMWA, which may arrange publication of the entry.
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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
Most Times Runners Can Address Arch Pain at Home: NY Podiatrist
 
As a busy sports-medicine podiatrist in Orangeburg, NY, Robert Conenello, DPM, sees runners with a wide range of foot problems, from Achilles problems to bunions to stress fractures. But more than anything else—along the lines of 15 times a day—athletes walk into his office complaining of arch and heel pain. “In the close to 30 years I’ve been practicing, it has definitely increased,” he says.
 
Dr. Rob Conenello
 
More than three-fourths of the time, Conenello believes, runners can address arch pain at home. Try this stretch throughout the day: While seated, grab your big toe, pull it back as far as you can tolerate, and hold it for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times. This will help release the plantar fascia. While you have your foot in your hand, rub gently along the bottom. If you find a spot that’s particularly sensitive, massage it using a lacrosse ball to break up scar tissue, he says. You can also use a frozen water bottle, which adds the pain-relief and potential anti-inflammatory properties of ice. 
 
Source: Cindy Kuzma, Runner's World [11/14/19]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
IL Podiatrist’s Show Named One of The Top 5 Podiatry Podcasts
 
Sports podiatrist Bob Weil, DPM’s weekly “The Sports Doctor”, bbsradio.com/thesportsdoctor,  has been chosen by Feedspot as a Top 5, (#2), podiatry podcast on the Internet. 
 
Dr. Bob Weil
 
A recent inductee in the National Fitness Hall of Fame, "Dr. Bob" co-authored #HeySportsParents, highlighting one of the show’s key topics - the epidemic of overuse injuries in youth sports.
 
Source: blog.feedspot.com/podiatry_podcasts
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OUTSIDE INTERESTS
Boxing MI Podiatrist Made the Game Safer
 
Detroit podiatrist Stuart Kirschenbaum, DPM was the longest serving boxing commissioner in the state and made the health and safety of the boxers his top priority. A former amateur boxer in New York, Dr. Kirschenbaum has always retained a passion for the sport. He became a boxing judge in 1977 and, in 1981, Michigan Gov. William Milliken appointed him as state boxing commissioner.
Dr. Stuart Kirschenbaum
 
During his era, Kirschenbaum made the health and safety of boxers his top priority. He has also made his mark on Detroit’s Jewish community in other ways. For example, a story in the JN on March 3, 1992 cited his refusal to allow an anti-Semitic boxing judge to be involved in the sport in Michigan. In 2009, Kirschenbaum himself was inducted into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and, in 2010, he was awarded the coveted “Brown Bomber” award in honor of Detroit’s most famous boxer, Joe Louis.
 
Source: Mike Smith, The Jewish News [11/29/19]
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REMEMBERING PODIATRISTS
Cancer Wellness Center Named After OH Podiatrist Moves
 
Stewart’s Caring Place (SCP) is moving to a new home. The cancer wellness center is constructing a building in Copley nearly double the size of its current space in Fairlawn. SCP opened in October 2014 with a bequest from Stewart Surloff, DPM, a podiatrist who died of lung cancer on Dec. 20, 2001.
 
Dr. Stewart Surloff
 
Dr. Surloff wanted to create a facility to help those facing cancer and survivors with a variety of resources and offer patients a break from the medical side of the disease through a comfortable, healing place. The holistic facility offers a variety of physical, emotional, and financial support for visitors of all ages, free of charge.
 
Source: Emily Mills, Beacon Journal [11/28/19]
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN THE NEWS
Healthcare Solutions Holdings Appoints MO Podiatrist to Medical Advisory Board
 
Healthcare Solutions Holdings, a medical service and device company focused on providing clinicians with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic tools, has announced the appointment of John Holtzman, DPM as a member of its Medical Advisory Board.
 
Dr. John Holtzman
 
Dr. Holtzman received his podiatric medical degree from Des Moines University's College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and went on to complete his surgical residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery through Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a board-vertified podiatrist who is an active member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgery.
 
Source: Yahoo Financial News [11/29/19]
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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
7 Financial Reports Your Practice Needs to Run - Part 6
 
Most physicians readily admit that classes on how to run a successful medical practice were not part of the curriculum in medical school. While "financial reporting," might not have been a class at your medical school, experts say you need to at least become familiar with understanding some of the basic reports. Here are seven to track.
 
6. Claim Denials – “Denied claims can lead to a cash-flow problem. When a practice does not follow up on a rejected claim, they are denying money owed to the practice. Study the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to determine the reasons for denied claims. Different payers, as well as Medicare, might be using different explanations and codes. Keep a log. This enables the practice to spot trends early as well as to react in a timely manner.” – Ada Stewart, MD, AAFP Board of Directors 
 
Source: Angela Watkins, Physicians Practice [11/15/19]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: DME X2/X4 Modifiers
 
Would all Medicare DME CPT codes require the ‘X2’ and/or ‘X4’ modifier(s) when billing claims?
 
Gary Raymond, DPM, Altoona, PA
 
Response: The X modifiers have been voluntary for CPT codes. These were developed a few years ago in order to assist CMS with attributing the type of care with respect to acute vs chronic, limited vs comprehensive, etc.
 
The question is, however, a bit confusing with respect to DME and CPT codes. Perhaps the question should be with respect to DME and HCPCS coding. At this time, I’ve seen nothing requiring the X modifiers for suppliers. I’m not quite sure that this has been adopted as a requirement for CPT in 2020, as a Google search turns up nothing new since May 2019.
 
Paul Kesselman, DPM, Woodside, NY
 
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QUERIES (CLINICAL)
Query: Ultrasound-Guided Injections
 
It has been many years since diagnostic ultrasound has hit the podiatry market. When it first came out, reports were mixed as to the value of using it for periarticular injections of steroid in the foot and ankle. Some papers said it makes the injections more effective and others said that since the material injected spreads out, using the imaging modality is not necessary.
 
We have had an ultrasound imaging modality in our practice for over four years. Some patients will swear that when I use it to give an injection, they get better results. Others will tell me that it does not seem to matter. Hence, I  do not use it routinely. That is my experience. What are the experiences of others? Do you use diagnostic ultrasound routinely when giving injections, some of the time or not at all? To be fair, this question should only be answered by those who own a unit.
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

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Source: Submitted by Dr. Joseph Fox

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Immediate opening. Also accepting applicants to begin July 2020.  Well-established, multi-doctor practice in one of the finest demographic areas of Tampa Bay. High tech, EMR, digital x-rays, ESWT. Sports medicine, surgery and general podiatry. No NH/HMO's. Excellent hospital privileges. C.V. to floridapodiatrist@tampabay.rr.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ROCKLAND/WESTCHESTER/SUBURBAN NYC
 
Well-established foot and ankle surgery/sports medicine practice looking to hire a Talented Team Player to add to our successful family. Must be surgically trained, willing to work hard, and grow with us. Highly competitive salary. Modern, advanced equipment, including PinPointe Laser. Terrific opportunity for the right doctor. Signing bonus. Partnership potential. Please send Cover Letter and CV to: linchpindpm@yahoo.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY 
 
Multi-office podiatry practice in Suffolk County seeks full time associate, leading to partnership. New York State license required. Must be self-motivated and energetic. Competitive compensation package. Please email CV to newpodiatrist@optimum.net
 
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST - METROPOLITAN MARYLAND 
 
Established practice (3 locations) looking for a full-time podiatrist with opportunity for partnership. Must be motivated, personable and dedicated to our growing practice. Must have strong skills in wound care, diabetes, general podiatry and surgery. The ideal candidate will be able to merge into an already protocol-based office. State of the art, fully staffed facility including EMR, PadNet, DME, digital x-rays and shoe stores on premises. Staff privileges at 3 local hospitals. Great location close to Washington D.C. and Virginia. Please send CV to marylandpodiatryjobs@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTERN PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS 
 
Is your ideal practice opportunity one with all aspects of podiatry included? We are a group practice with 6 offices looking for the right surgically trained board qualified/certified doctor to join our family. Forefoot and rearfoot surgery, as well as, wound care and limb salvage with privileges at 2 local hospitals are available. Partnership is certainly part of the long-term plan. We are looking for the right candidate. Send all inquiries and CVs to sgrulke2002@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MARYLAND 
 
Perfect opportunity for highly motivated individual with excellent clinical skills and bedside manner. Candidate must be proficient with inpatient management, wound care and all aspects of podiatry. Competitive compensation package which includes base salary and bonus structure. Email letter of interest/CV to contact@shadygrovepodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (LONG BEACH) 
 
Established busy practice looking for a full-time podiatrist. This special doctor should be personal, teachable, motivated and independent. Five or more years of practice experience welcome. Need someone immediately. Please submit a CV with a cover letter and three professional references to PodiatristLB@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SAN ANTONIO, TX 
 
Well established practice seeks full-time podiatrist in San Antonio, TX. Recent expansion to second office location offers exclusive opportunity for growth. Candidate must possess strong surgical and clinical skills and have a team player attitude. Salary with incentive structure and benefits. Please send description of your background, training, practice expectations and CV to: lisa.baine@gmail.com
 
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