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March 25, 2020 #6,643 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

 
What best describes the status of your practice during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

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AT THE COLLEGES
WesternU Holds Virtual Match Day Celebration
 
Match Day was supposed to have been a very different kind of day. “We had the champagne, the glasses, and the confetti - ready to celebrate with the students and their families as they opened the envelopes revealing their future,” said  V.  Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, Dean of Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine (WesternU CPM). 
 
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Coronavirus made sure that did not happen, but CPM was not to be daunted. Kyung Brown, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Angela Russell-Westlake, Events Manager, turned a traditional event into a virtual celebration within days. On  March 20, 2020, fourth year students and their family members gathered in their homes as the faculty and staff cheered them on via the digital platform, Zoom. For the 7th year in a row, WesternU CPM students had a 100% placement rate.
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MEDICARE NEWS
CMS Granting Exceptions from Medicare Quality Reporting Programs
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced unprecedented relief for the clinicians, providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs including the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment Program and on the front lines of America’s fight against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
Specifically, CMS announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those programs. The action comes as part of the Trump Administration’s response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
Source: CMS
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Steps to Follow if Closures or Layoffs Become Necessary Due to COVID-19 - Part 1
 
The following are the steps that should be followed by practices at this time as closures and layoffs become necessary:
  • Review your practice contracts and policies so you are familiar with scheduling and compensation obligations. Figure out which employees have contracts and which do not and how those contracts might differ.
  • Consider whether you should close the practice and whether this will be temporary or permanent. If you continue operations, can you lay off employees or cut hours and what will be required to do that? Establish a timeline for when these decisions will need to be made? This is critical if you need to terminate employees without cause and continue to pay them during the notice period. 
  • Work with your employees to determine flexibility. You may be surprised to find some are willing to give up compensation as long as they have benefits, others will take lower pay or fewer hours to help the practice survive. 
  • Many states will provide special unemployment options for workers who have been laid off or suffered a reduction in hours due to the pandemic. Make sure you and your employees understand the support that is available in your state. Even an employee who suffers a reduction in hours may be eligible for a partial benefit. 
Source: Ericka Adler, Physicians Practice [3/20/20]
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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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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEETING NEWS)
RE: DERMfoot Rescheduled for October 1-4, 2020
From: Joel Morse. DPM and Annette Joyce, DPM
 
These are exceedingly challenging times for us all. Our country’s response to the difficulties presented by COVID-19 has been incredible and unprecedented. While these actions will help to flatten the pathogen’s dissemination curve, the associated sacrifices will persist, for our professional lives, our families, and even educational initiatives such as DERMfoot.  
 
While CME is the primary reason why we attend meetings and seminars, seeing, talking to, and learning from one another during these events is extremely valuable for the improvement of our professional practices. In addition, it’s simply refreshing to mix with our professional peers. While online CME can fill a specific need, it’s never as satisfying as face-to-face learning/communication. 
 
To accommodate DERMfoot’s attendees, and based on the feedback from the overwhelming majority of the registrant physicians for DERMfoot 2020, we have rescheduled this year’s annual meeting to October 1-4, 2020 at the Sheraton Tysons VA. We will also offer simultaneous live streaming for those who are unable to attend in person. For those have already registered for the originally scheduled event (April 16-19, 2020), the  registration will be automatically transferred to the October 1-4, 2020 event in addition to any hotel reservations. We believe DERMfoot will emerge stronger than ever before!
 
Joel Morse. DPM and Annette Joyce, DPM, DERMfoot Conference Chairs
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC) - PART 1
From: Patrick DeHeer, DPM, William Long, DPM
 
As always, APMA has been advocating for podiatrists. Our Legislative Advocacy team has been in constant communication with House and Senate offices over the past two weeks advocating for podiatrists as Congress works to pass relief legislation. Of particular concern are provisions to provide financial relief to providers who have been impacted by COVID-19; incentives to rehire providers laid off as a result of COVID-19; and the fallout of recommendations to cancel elective procedures and care (inadequate case volume, lost revenue, etc.).
 
Specifically, we are working to expand coverage stipulated as part of relief legislation to include up to 90% of practice losses due to closures and other loss of business as a result of COVID-19. If you have specific questions about APMA advocacy efforts around COVID-19, please contact ask@apma.org. You can find more information about relief at apma.org/covid19sba
 
Patrick DeHeer, DPM, William Long, DPM, Co-chairs, APMA Legislative Committee
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (DME)
RE: NSC Site Inspections Suspended
From Paul Kesselman, DPM
 
From the NSC: All new site inspections are currently suspended due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Also, the RAC is suspending all new audits as of March 18. Those which are automated (or ongoing ones prior to March 18) can simply be extended by calling the number on the paperwork request you get (assuming you can get to your office) so long as you call prior to the requested reply date. They will automatically grant a 30-day extension. Likely it will be extended longer.
 
Reminder: Please ask your enrollment specialist NOT to check off hours. As physicians under Medicare, podiatrists are exempt from: the hourly requirement, facility accreditation, and from the requirement of posting hours. Be sure your enrollment specialist understands those nuances very well and that under section 2B to list your hours as “By Appointment Only. Do not list any hours anywhere. Your signage outside should also list “By Appointment Only”.  
 
Paul Kessselman, DPM, Woodside, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CODINGLINE)
From: Allen Jacobs, DPM
 
I believe Dr. Lehrman may be incorrect regarding telemedicine coding. The need for video (visual) capability has been waived during the current COVID-19 pandemic. A telephone interview and documentation is all that is currently required.
 
Allen Jacobs, DPM, St. Louis, MO
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

This shoe is based on the oldest Turkish shoe form in history.

Source: Suhandan Ozay Demirkin via Virtual Shoe Museum

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MEETING NOTICES

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PM PODIATRY HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON

July 25, 2020 – Hynes Convention Center-  Boston, MA

Honoring Stephanie Wu, DPM and Cindy Pezza 

Sponsored by Bako Diagnostics, 20/20 Imaging, PRESENT Podiatry and Talar Medical

PM News subscribers are invited to see Dr. Wu and Ms. Pezza inducted into the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame, including roasts by special guests. 

All ticket proceeds go to the APMA Educational Foundation Student Endowment Fund. Reserve your tickets now by calling Sandra Arez  at (800) ASK-APMA.


CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
POSITION WANTED 
 
With over twenty five years of private practice experience, I am looking for a position as a non-surgical general podiatrist in an office-based setting. I would prefer to relocate to the Midwest or Western U.S. - email drmarkrindi@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA
 
We are a 3-doctor podiatry practice in NEPA treating patients in a single location office. Our doctors have privileges at all area hospital systems, surgery centers and wound care center. We are currently looking for a full-time motivated and caring doctor to join our state-of-the-art practice. Competitive wages. Paid health insurance (including vision & dental), and malpractice insurance. Great prospect for experienced doctors as well as new associates. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your podiatric medical, surgical and wound care experience in an office-based practice! If interested, please submit your CV to lim.poconofoot@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTHERN, NJ

Wanted Part-time associate for busy Northern NJ practice. Flexible days. Full scope of podiatric practice performed. E-mail CV to MHDPM1@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE - NORTHERN VA
 
Two physician practice is seeking an associate interested in owning a thriving senior living facilities based practice in 5 to 8 years. Many patients also treated in a single location office in Annandale. There is opportunity to develop a surgical aspect to the practice; surgery is currently referred out. Compensation is personal productivity commission based. Call for information. Please respond to: DrBreiner@AOL.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTERN NEW YORK
 
Busy, multi-office practice is looking to expand/open new office. We are seeking a full-time podiatrist to join our team. Competitive salary with bonus, CME, 401K, and medical insurance. Please send CV to jhs.podiatry@gmail.com
 
PART TIME/FULL TIME PODIATRIST - NASSAU COUNTY , NY 
 
We are looking for new or currently practicing podiatrist to join our team full-time/part-time that is willing to work hard, and grow with us. Well diversified practice, with multiple hospital affiliations and residency program, and possibility of partnership leading to ownership. If interested, please email resumes to m.lombana1991@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST – SOUTHERN MARYLAND 
 
Established practice looking for a full-time podiatrist. Must be motivated, personable and dedicated to our growing practice. Must have strong skills in surgery, wound care, diabetes and general podiatry. 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 C.V. and surgical logs to marylandpodiatryjobs@gmail.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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CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PODIATRY PRACTICE FOR SALE – WESTCHESTER, NY 
 
Well established, successful, located downtown in growing major city Westchester, NY. Parking, public transportation. Retiring due to health reasons. On surgical staff of close major hospital,  On ALL major health insurances, four treatment rooms, power chairs, EMR with Dragon, electronic billing, ERx, Digital x-ray, vascular testing, fluoroscopy, RSWT, ultrasound, radiofrequency, Cryoprobe, autoclave, Whirlpools, Footmaxx Metascan, complete surgical (with power) and conservative care instruments. PRICED TO SELL. Will introduce. E-mail: lifehope53@yahoo.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NY CENTER OF LONG ISLAND 
 
30 year old well established practice. Great location with low overhead. Perfect for established practitioner looking to have another office for an associate, or a new practitioner. Serious inquiries only. Email: bypass11746@yahoo.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - GETTYSBURG, PA 
 
Well established, 25 year old, full scope podiatry practice for sale. One full-time, 5 days/week, associate and one owner practicing one and a half days/week. Consistently collecting $700,000/year. Profit from practice over and above your income from seeing patients from year one. Owner will stay for transition and business consulting. drhenrock@yahoo.com
 
PODIATRY OFFICE FOR SALE – NEW JERSEY
 
Part time practice in Bergen County. Located near Teterboro airport in Little Ferry, NJ. Office is turn-key, fully equipped and priced to sell. Part-time practice can be turned to full time with an eager podiatrist. Building also available for purchase as well. Please send all inquires to  seankaufman@comcast.net
 
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
 
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