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April 15, 2019 #6,396 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL RESULTS
Results of last week's poll
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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

Compared to tax year 2017, how much income tax did you pay for 2018?
 
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOT& ANKLE SURGERY
IA Podiatrist Uses 3D Printed Talus for Ankle Replacement 
 
Shaka Robinson learned to live with pain after an accident 20 years ago. "I fell out of a car, and separated my foot from my tibia," Robinson explains. Back then, doctors reconstructed his ankle with pins. He went about his life without any big problems until he moved to Iowa this summer. "I thought I had twisted it in my yard doing yard work," he recalls. It became inflamed and infected, so he came to Broadlawns Medical Center. He learned the talus bone in his ankle was dead and had to be removed.
 
Dr. Mica Murdoch
 
"The nice thing is, two years ago your option would have been to go in and tear out that bone and pack this whole thing of just a bone graft and fuse up your whole rear foot and ankle and none of it would have ever moved again," says podiatrist Mica Murdoch, DPM. Dr. Murdoch had a new option. In January, Dr. Murdoch performed a total ankle replacement with a talus bone made from a 3D printer. "They use the normal ankle, or the healthy ankle in order to build a mirror image bone that we can use to replace the one that has been damaged or destroyed," he said.
 
Source: Megan Reuther, whotv.com [4/12/19]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 1
MI Podiatrist Provides Advice on Preventing Athlete's Foot 
 
The snow and ice are finally melting and people are starting to break out of their houses. Shaking this winter weather, people are headed out to the trails. "This is a great time for tinea pedis. Tinea is a fungal infection of the skin and [fungi] need a moist environment,” said Conway McLean, DPM. Dr. McLean reminds people to take a few precautionary steps to avoid the discomfort athlete's foot could cause. Wearing different shoes two days in a row can allow boots or shoes to dry out. This technique also works if you are prone to having sweaty feet.
 
                                 Dr. Conway McLean
 
"If you have a problem with perspiration and you are doing some hiking or outdoor activities, coming equipped with an extra pair of socks is great,” said Dr. McLean. “Even foot powder can be used to avoid some extra moisture.” If you are the unlucky contractor of athlete’s foot, remember to aerate your feet and apply OTC medication if desired. "But one of the keys of treating tinea of the feet is to continue to apply an anti-fungal, even after it looks better because organisms will go into hiding," Dr. McLean said.
 
Source: Megan O'Connor, WLUC [4/8/19] 
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 2
NY Podiatrist Explains How Compression Socks Can Help In-Flight
 
So you’re packing for your next far-flung adventure and you’re thinking: Sunglasses? Check. Passport? Check. Eight pairs of black leggings? Check. Compressions socks? …Wait, why am I bringing those again? We heard you’re confused, so we asked a podiatrist about the need for special socks when you’re 35,000 feet in the air. What do compression socks do anyway?
 
Dr. Ernest Isaacson
 
“Compression socks are, as they sound, providing compression,” says New York City-based podiatrist Ernest L. Isaacson, DPM. “Blood is pumped away from the heart via the arteries, and then it comes back via the veins. That should be a pretty even process, but if the veins (or the lymphatic system), which drain the fluid out of the legs don’t work quite as well, you’re going to develop some kind of pooling in the legs.” In the high pressure environment of an airplane, the blood stops moving and your feet might swell up like twin balloons.
 
Source: Kells McPhillips, Good Travel [4/11/19]
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MEETING NEWS
Dermfoot 2019 is Most Robust Ever 
 
DERMfoot 2019 launched its most robust CECH program to date in Tyson’s Corner, VA featuring 31.5 Hours of lower extremity dermatology. A crowd of over 300 foot and ankle specialists and dermatologists participated in the 4-day event featuring topics that included advanced nail surgery, melanoma, nanotechnology, nail taping, dermoscopy, plastic surgery, and medical aesthetics.
 
(L-R) Drs. Eckart Haneke, Chris Adigun, Nat Jellinek, Adam Rubin, Annette Joyce, Joel Morse, and Bryan Markinson 
 
The Council for Nail Disorders faculty presented a full day track for the first time, enhancing Dermfoot’s interdisciplinary approach to learning.
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PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE
KS Podiatrist Has License Suspended for False CME Certification
 
Dr. Dean Carter, who has practiced podiatry in South Hutchinson, had his license indefinitely suspended by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. The board found Carter committed fraud in securing a renewal license when he certified he completed continuing education credits. He misrepresented his compliance with the continuing education requirement on a minimum of five occasions, stretching back years.
 
Source: Mary Clarkin, The Hutchison News [4/12/19]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
How to Protect your Reputation Against Defamatory Online Reviews - Part 4
 
Doctors, dentists, psychologists, clinical laboratories, and other medical providers have a right to defend their reputations and livelihoods against reviewers who spread false and damaging claims. Fortunately, there are a variety of legal options available to combat defamatory online reviews.
 
4. Address the review. If the review contains only statements of opinion, consider alternative methods for addressing it, such as pursuing any takedown procedures or other features the review platform provides to help business owners address negative reviews.
 
Source: Justin T. Kelton, Physicians Practice [4/4/19]
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QUERIES (MEDICAL-LEGAL)
Query: Purging Patient Charts
 
I am having a company come out to shred old patient charts, EOBs, and other various insurance information. I understand you are required to keep charts for seven years. I would like to be able to shred  charts and patient information from the year 2012 and before. Can all of the charts from 2012 be disposed of since technically it won't be seven years from 2012 charts dated April 2012 forward? Does it go by calendar year or actual time?
 
Name Withheld
 
Editor's comment: PM News does not provide legal advice. The seven year time period for retaining charts is not a legal requirement; it is a widely espoused recommedation of practice management experts. Medicare, for example, has a five-year lookback period, and state requirements fo retaining records vary.
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Balance Braces for Elderly Patients (Fall Prevention)
 
I would appreciate feedback from any podiatrists (who have no vested interests) with anecdotal experiences using balance braces for elderly patients as part of a fall prevention program. 
 
Joe Boylan, DPM, Ridgefield, NJ
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEDICAL-LEGAL)
From: Don R Blum, DPM, JD
 
The Social Security number is not a necessary requirement for treatment nor is it a necessary requirement for billing for a patient. The only reason, I can think of, you "might" need the Social Security number is for the purpose of sending a patient's account to a collection service. 
 
I do think it is important to have enough identification to confirm that the person you are treating and the insurance being used are for the appropriate person. I further believe you need enough correct information in order to contact the patient as might be necessary for their medical care. I do not believe the SS# is necessary for these purposes.  
 
Don R Blum, DPM, JD, Dallas, TX
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Dieter J Fellner, DPM
 
As a 57-year-old podiatrist (Class 1987, UK, England) who also graduated from the American system of podiatry education in 2016, I have a little insight. I concur 100% with Dr. Markinson. Podiatric and medical education are similar: on paper. Podiatry school attempts to cram in topics in a few hours of 'teaching' that will receive three months of studious attention in medical school. This disparity, among others, is ever more evident when the hapless podiatry resident is thrown into the e.g. vascular service, in residency, charged with the duty to keep the patients safe and attempt to match the effort of the medical resident. A plea to the movers and shakers of podiatry education: wake up and smell the coffee. That's just an absurdity.
 
I will also agree that if podiatry were ever to follow the model of the osteopath, in the quest for 'parity', podiatry will wither away. I, for one, am quite happy with what I know, and what I can do. Had I wanted to work as an MD, I would have gone to medical school, not podiatry school.
 
Dieter J Fellner, DPM, NY, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: W. David Herbert, DPM, JD
 
It was the first day or two that I spent at OCPM in the fall of 1972 that our dean Abe Rubin, DPM told us why real doctors (i.e.. MDs) did not consider podiatrists real doctors. He stated they said this because podiatrists did not deliver any babies during their training. Dr. Rubin stated that beginning with our class, that would all change!
 
I remember spending 6 weeks in an externship at an osteopathic hospital in Texas in the fall of 1975. While there, every Wednesday I observed podiatric surgery. For 24 hours a day, one of us was on call for assisting on obstetric deliveries. I remember assisting on 27 deliveries while I was there. I am not sure this experience made me feel more like a real doctor when I graduated. I do know that it convinced me that I would not have become an obstetrician even if I was able to!
 
W. David Herbert, DPM, JD, Billings, MT
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoes of the Day

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot

Source: Fam Irvoll via Virtual Shoe Museum

MEETING NOTICES

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PM PODIATRY HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON

July 13, 2018 – Salt Palace Convention Center - Salt Lake City, UT

Honoring Samuel Mendicino, DPM and Rembrandt Jackson 

Sponsored by ABFAS (Gold), Bako Diagnostics (Silver), PICA (Bronze), and Sammy Systems (Bronze)

PM News subscribers are invited to see Dr. Mendicino and Mr. Jackson 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.


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PRACTICE FOR SALE - VESTAL, NEW YORK
 
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8,000 PATIENT CHARTS FOR SALE - MANHATTAN
 
8,000 podiatry patients on an external hard drive. 27 podiatric file boxes securely stored. Successful podiatry practice patients from every major medical center in New York City. Worldwide patient flow over 40 years practice. Closed one month. Immediate responses requested. dr.philwhitman1@gmail.com 
 
SPACE AVAILABLE – PLAINVIEW NY (NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND)
 
Office available to sublet and share. Fully equipped (turn-key) with state-of-the-art extremity MRI, diagnostic ultrasound, x-ray, and the availability to become a staff member of a certified ambulatory surgical center. Call 516 476-1815 podo2345@aol.com
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
FACULTY POSITION - DES MOINES, IOWA 
 
The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) at Des Moines University is actively seeking applicants and nominations for a faculty position that will participate in academic, clinical patient care, scholarly, and service activities within the College, University and community. Qualified candidates are invited to apply by submitting a CV and cover letter to www.dmu.edu/employment.  Candidate review and/or interview scheduling will commence immediately and continue until position is filled.
 
WOUND CARE FELLOWSHIP - NEW YORK 
 
CPME APPROVED 12 month fellowship beginning July 1st, 2019. Hospital and clinic environment, with onsite Hyperbaric Medicine.  Working with Infectious Disease , Dermatology, as well as Plastic, General, Vascular, and Podiatric Surgeons.  Must have completed a PMSR residency. Please contact drarnoldhertz@aol.com or jtfootcare@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL NJ 
 
Associate needed for 30+ year busy private practices in Central NJ immediately in Mercer county. Applicant should be personal, independent and motivated. Practice entails all aspects of podiatry. Surgery, orthopedics, wound care, primary care and sports medicine. Competitive compensation package. To apply please email letter of intent and CV to footfx124@gmail.com.
 
POSITION AVAILABLE - MARYLAND 
 
One owner, group practice looking to hire business minded associate for buy-in/buy-out relationship. I will teach you to become a top earner in the field, with buy-in and buy-out agreement after 3 years. Salary with bonus incentive including full benefits. I am ready to slow down and sell 2 of the 3 locations in three years and eventually sell the 3rd location and become an employee working a few days a week. I own two of the office locations, so real estate investments are possible. This is a unique opportunity, you do not want to miss. AtlanticFootSurgeons.com. drhenrock@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – WISCONSIN 
 
Established solo female practitioner seeking a well-rounded associate to provide all aspects of foot and ankle care.  Candidate must be friendly, motivated, and dedicated to growing the practice.  Competitive compensation with 401K, health insurance, malpractice, vacation, etc.  Large referral base in a rapidly growing area.  Please send inquiries to: drjulie@greenvillefac.com  
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - NY, NJ, PA, KY, VT, RI
 
Rapidly expanding company serving Skilled Nursing Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living Centers is looking for doctors for full or part time positions. Openings include, but are not limited to, Northern New York, Upstate New York, Buffalo, NY, Eastern Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Vermont, Southern New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Positions available immediately. Send inquiries and CV to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – ALABAMA

Love the beach?  Busy, established practice located in a coastal community is looking for a full-time or part-time podiatrist!  ABFAS board qualification or certification is required.  Must be motivated, hardworking, positive, and dedicated to growing the practice and individual career and reputation.  Must have great people skills, caring bedside manner, and positive demeanor.  Must work well with staff and local medical community.  Competitive pay and partnership track available.  Send CV and contact information to:  manager@southbaldwinpodiatry.com

PODIATRIST POSITION – SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Work and live in one of the greatest states for outdoor fun and recreation. Centrally located 2 hours from the mountains and the ocean, well established practice of 21 years seeking an associate for its rapidly growing and expanding office. Must be board qualified/certified by ABFAS. Looking for someone with great people skills who is dedicated to putting in the effort to grow the practice. No traveling, no nursing homes. You must have SC podiatry license and next test date is June 1. Please send cover letter and CV to docdan@earthlink.net
 
PODIATRIC POSITION – NEW MEXICO
 
Podiatric practice located in Albuquerque, New Mexico is seeking a Podiatrist BE/BC in foot and RRA to join our practice.  The ideal candidate is Spanish-speaking. Once-monthly hospital call will be required.  Weekly travel to a rural outside clinic required.  Competitive compensation with retirement, health insurance, malpractice, etc.  Email jrossfootankle@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTH CAROLINA/NORTH CAROLINA
 
Established group practice seeking a well-rounded associate to provide all aspects of foot and ankle care.  Candidate must be motivated, hardworking, positive, and dedicated to growing the practice.  Competitive compensation with 401K, health insurance, malpractice, vacation, etc.  Large referral base in a rapidly growing area.  Please send inquiries to: mwrapecpg@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS - PHOENIX, AZ 
 
Multi-Specialty practice with offices in Phoenix has openings for full-time and part-time Podiatric Physicians. Must be team players who can practice with attention to detail utilizing DME and can perform surgeries. Please reply with a CV and salary expectations to AllValleyFeet@gmail.com
 
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