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April 08, 2021 #6,924 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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AT THE COLLEGES
Scholarship Established in Honor of PA Podiatrist at TUSPM
 
In honor of her husband's milestone birthday and his outstanding career accomplishments and dedication to the podiatric profession, Mrs. Cheryl Schoenhaus has established the Harold D. Schoenhaus, DPM Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a third year student who excels in biomechanics and pathomechanics.
 
Dr. and Mrs. Harold Schoenhaus
 
Dr. Schoenhaus is Podiatric Director at the Penn Wound Care Center, and a member of the Department of Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He has served on the board of directors and is the past president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has also served as chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Temple University School of Medicine and at Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, where he was instrumental in developing the first Gait Study Center.
 
Source: Strides Alumni Newsletter [April 2021]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 1
Pressure-Based Ulcers More Common in Older Diabetics: NY Podiatrist
 
Foot ulcers are very common in those who have diabetes, says Bruce Pinker, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon who treats diabetic foot ulcers. According to Dr. Pinker, "Diabetes suppresses the immune system, reducing the body's response to stress, infection, and injury." This, in turn, makes it harder for those with diabetes to heal from a wound than those who do not have diabetes—which can lead to and exacerbate foot ulcers.
 
Dr. Bruce Pinker
 
"In many cases, diabetics develop a breakdown of the skin on the bottom of the feet, especially in pressure point areas, such as the ball of the foot or the heel," Dr. Pinker explains. "Older individuals are more inclined to develop these pressure-based foot ulcers as the repetitive motion of walking for several years leads to increased stress in the feet." 
 
Source: Kali Coleman, Best Life [4/5/21]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 2
Supportive Shoes Can Prevent Plantar Fasciitis: AR Podiatrist
 
It's understandable if you want to get outside and exercise these days. Spring is in the air, but, is there a spring in your step? Yes, it is certainly a time to get out there and exercise. But if it has been a while, “I would say start walking before running; that way you can at least build up the stamina,” podiatrist Naval Patel, DPM said.
 
Dr. Naval Patel
 
With Dr. Patel, it's all about the shoes. “You want to make sure that the shoes that you get are not too flexible,” he said. “Something that has some good support from the hind foot to the mid foot.” In Dr. Patel's office, patients can get custom made insoles to prevent common foot injury that affects two million Americans each year. “Sometimes, people wait too long until they can't even walk at times, or they limp into my office,” he said.
 
Source:  Craig O'Neill, thv11.com (CBS) [4/5/21]
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ABPM NEWS
ABPM Announces New CAQ in Podiatric Sports Medicine
 
The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) will be offering a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in podiatric sports medicine with the first exam in March 2022. The CAQ is for those podiatrists who are already board certified by a JCRSB-recognized board, who wish to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and experience in podiatric sports medicine beyond primary board certification. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM) will serve as the educational resource for the CAQ and current fellows of the Academy will be given the opportunity for advanced standing in the CAQ.
 
Dr. Lee Rogers
 
The exam committee consists of Drs. Joseph Agostinelli, Richard Bouche, Ana Cafengiu, Alicia Cataneze, Michael Donato, Timothy Dutra, Maggie Fournier, John Grady, Brian Hong, Paul Langer, Karen Langone, Howard Liebeskind, James Losito, Howard Osterman, Scott Spencer, Jay Spector, and Lee C. Rogers (interim chair).
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Healthcare Compliance: Elements for an Effective Program - Part 4
 
By implementing a comprehensive compliance program, a practice can find and correct potential vulnerabilities while minimizing billing mistakes, reducing the chance of an audit, increasing payment of claims, reducing the chance of fraud and abuse, and promoting safe and quality care.
 
4. Commitment to conducting formal education and training programs for all levels of employees.
 
Source: Laurie Zabel, CHC, CPC, Logan Lutton, Physicians Practice [3/23/21]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: BCBS Advantage Denials
 
We have a patient who has a BCBS Advantage Plan and is receiving routine foot care. The last seen date and rendering medical doctor’s name have been filled out on the claim and are within 6 months. The patient has Class B findings. I have Q8 appended. Is this not necessary? The claim is coded as: CPT 11721-59-Q8 B35.1, M79.672, M79.671. E11.51
CPT 11055-Q8 E11.51, L84, M79.672
 
The office note documentation is as follows: "Procedure Note: Calluses x1 on the feet are debrided with a scalpel blade without incident. The patient’s toenails ×6 were debrided mechanically and smoothened without incident. Exam: Bilateral Feet and Ankles, Skin: warm, dry, Toenails are thick, discolored with subungual debris: 3, 4, 5. Comments: Callus plantar first metatarsal head left foot. "
 
What am I missing or doing wrong that is causing this to be denied?
 
Caty Donner, Marion, WI
 
Response: You describe this patient as having Class B findings but you also include pain as a diagnosis. It appears on the surface that you are mixing up 2 LCDs; one for at-risk foot care and one for painful mycotic toenails (which would not cover the painful callus).
 
If this patient has at risk findings, which you indicated with the Q8 modifier, I would remove the ICD-10 codes for pain (the M codes) and only use the ICD-10 codes that document the patient to be at risk.
 
Alan Bass, DPM, CPC,Manalapan, NJ
 
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Recommendation for Transcription Company
 
I am nearing retirement and do not use an EMR. My current transcriptionist is retiring. I need a reasonably priced replacement company, preferably with podiatry dictation. I currently use an encrypted voice recorder that we download and receive encrypted notes back. Any recommendations?
 
Ian Klein, DPM, St. Petersburg, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL)
From: Steven Finer, DPM, Michael L. Rahn, DPM
 
Medicare provides the guidelines which are available online. They want to know which nails, length, color, crumbling, odor, etc. are being treatment. The medical conditions such as diabetes and PVD are also listed. I used a checklist paper of my own design and never had a problem.
 
Steven Finer, DPM, Philadelphia, PA
 
Is this man wearing a shoe or slipper? Does he sleep on his side with that portion of his toe against the bed? Along with the vascular consult, if he is wearing any shoe that covers the toe, cut out that part of the shoe, or at least make about 4 inch-long parallel slits in the upper of the shoe which should allow the shoe to spread in response to pressure from the toe.  
 
This is often a useful approach for lesser toe ulcerations when surgery is not being considered. A surgical sandal in a patient of that age could be a tripping hazard. If he were in my family, that would be my thought before any tendon release or other invasive local procedure. 
 
Michael L. Rahn, DPM, McLean, VA
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1A
From: Gene Spector, DPM, Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS
 
So sorry to hear of the passing of Ron Valmassy. Ron was a bright, caring physician who always put students first. He will be missed. 
 
Gene Spector, DPM
 
It’s with profound sadness to hear of the passing of a real special man. Anyone who knew Dr. Ronald L. Valmassy, revered him for not only his complete professionalism but also for his humanity. We were friends for over 50 years. There was never a sullen word spoken between us. Whether or not one communicated with Ron daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, or after decades, each conversation was as if it were yesterday. I encourage all of my colleagues who read this note to reach out to one another and do not wait for tomorrow!  RIP my old friend. Your life was well lived and we all should follow your humanist path!
 
Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1B
From: Ross E. Taubman, DPM, Gary Lepow, DPM
 
Thanks Dr. Kirby for your apt and poignant comments regarding Dr. Valmassy. For all of us who had the privilege of being one of Dr. Valmassy’s students, you accurately described this remarkable teacher, mentor, and professional. His kindness extended well beyond the classroom. The phrase “paying it forward” could have been written about him. My sincerest sympathies to his wife Helen and the entire Valmassy family.
 
Ross E. Taubman, DPM, Franklin, TN
 
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. We were classmates. Ron was a native of San Francisco and I was newly arrived from Houston. He was very helpful in getting me to know the Bay Area. More than that, he became a friend and confidant. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. One of the smartest decision's CCPM made in 1974 was to develop a GME program in biomechanics and choose Ron to be the first graduate to receive the program. Our profession became immensely improved as a result of his dedication to the science of biomechanics. Ron loved his family, students, and CCPM.
 
Thank you, Ron for being a friend and for your academic contributions.
 
Gary Lepow, DPM

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1C
From: Joshua Gerbert, DPM
 
On March 31st, the podiatry profession lost a colleague who was one of the great pioneers of making biomechanics an integral part of our practice, especially pediatric biomechanics of the lower extremity. I worked with Ron for many decades as a faculty member at the California College of Podiatric Medicine. His calmness and patience made him very suited to the management of pediatric podiatric problems. He was always available to work with me on patients and I could rely on his expertise in making certain my patients were obtaining the best treatment available. Even though his expertise was biomechanics, he was very aware of when surgical intervention was necessary and then followed with biomechanical therapy. He was a dedicated medical educator who always made the students and residents assigned to him believe that they were the most important individuals. 
 
I never once heard him make a disparaging remark against another member of the faculty or the profession. He was always willing to provide after hour lectures for any of the residents and would always agree to lecture at continuing medical education meetings nationally and internationally. His devotion to podiatric medical education and research greatly assisted in the overall academic elevation of our profession over many decades. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be his colleague and friend over our podiatric careers. My deepest condolences to Helen and their family.
 
Joshua Gerbert, DPM, Kamuela, HI
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoes of the Day

Another use for duct tape? 

Source: Submitted by Dr. Al Musella

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Seeking BQ/BC podiatrist with residency training to join busy practice serving the NY Finger Lakes Region as well as Corning, Elmira, and northern PA. (Surgical privileges in NY & PA hospitals) Excellent Opportunity. Generous Compensation Package. Send CV, references to career@thurberandthurber.com
 
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 in surgery. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package to our team members. email CV to: dysteindpm@gmail.com
 
FULL-TIME or PART-TIME PODIATRIST - DALLAS/FORT WORTH AREA 
 
PSR 24-36 Trained Multi-dimensional, Multi-office group treating a wide range of patients to include: forefoot, rearfoot, diabetic wound care, sports medicine and work-related injuries.  Modern offices and equipment. A great opportunity for driven personable individual. Please e-mail  Cover letter, CV, short introduction video Email: cnunez1940@gmail.com
 
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Pensacola Podiatry, PA is fast growing, multi-location practice in Northwest Florida looking for a motivated, driven upcoming or recent residency graduate or experienced practitioner to join our practice. We average 180 new patient visits per month for two providers. If personable, motivated, well-trained, and driven to succeed, we would be delighted to discuss an associate position with you. We offer growth opportunities, a strong compensation package. Please send a cover letter and cv to: info@pensacolapodiatry.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
 
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Full-time position available 7/1/21 in busy 2-doctorm 2-office well-established practice in Central Massachusetts. Must be surgically trained. Must be willing to get Board Certified.  Hard-working, professional and goal oriented who is looking for a long term position with growth.  We cover all aspects of Podiatric care including private office, long-term care facilities, surgeries, and wound care center.  Please send cover letter and CV to greatpodiatryjob@gmail.com
 
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Looking for a full-time podiatrist in a very busy, fast-paced practice. Offering competitive salary and bonuses. Lots of sports medicine, excellent support staff, and positive environment. Immediate start date. Please e-mail CV to cma@njfootpain.com, should you have any further questions you may call Gerry 201-523-9489 ext 101.
 
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