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May 15, 2019 #6.418 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

What percentage of your foot wound patients also have a wound on their leg(s)?
 
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AT THE COLLEGES

NY Dermatopathologist Holds Biopsy Workshop at TUSPM

Dr. Steve McClain, MD dermatopathologist of McClain Labs, came to the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) to teach the students how to use different biopsy instruments. McClain also taught the students about the importance of biopsies and when to perform them.
 
Dr. Steve McClain conducts biopsy workshop
 
Over 70 students, ranging from 1st years to 3rd years attended the workshop to either learn or practice their techniques. This was an amazing experience for the students.
 
Source: TUSPM
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
MA Podiatrist Discusses Plantar Fasciitis
 
When you're exercising this summer, don't forget to take care of your feet. "Foot health contributes to your overall health. From beginners to advanced athletes, proper foot care is important to keep your body healthy," said John Giurini, DPM, chief of podiatric surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. One of the most common foot problems for active people is a condition called plantar fasciitis. 
 
Dr. John Giurini
 
"Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia helps absorb the shock of pounding on pavement," Dr. Giurini said. "But repetitive stretching can lead to inflammation and irritation, and even small tears. Most cases can be treated conservatively with rest, ice, and stretching to give the inflammation time to heal. In some cases, steroid injections and surgical procedures may be necessary to alleviate this pain," he said.
 
Source: Health Day [5/12/19]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
PA Podiatrist Running for School Board 
 
The Reading School District was labeled a failure six years ago by the state's auditor general. Last year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale praised the district's turnaround and said "with the right leadership, the right people and the right cooperation, no matter how tough it is, school districts can be turned around."
 
Dr. Noahleen Betts
 
Noahleen Betts, DPM is running for a seat on the school board, hoping to continue the district's path to success. Dr. Betts, a Democrat, is a podiatrist in Reading. She is also the president and founder of the Miss Teen Reading scholarship pageant. Betts previously ran for the school board in 2017.
 
Source: Jeremy Long, Reading Eagle [5/9/19]
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RELEVANT RESEARCH
Imaging for LBP, Lower Extremity Pain Increases Healthcare Costs: Study 
 
According to a recently published study, the need for surgery is not common among patients who are newly diagnosed for low back pain and lower extremity pain; however, surgery is a significant reason for increased healthcare costs in this population. "Many of these patients, though, had MRI or other imaging soon after the onset of their low back or leg pain,” John K. Ratliff, MD, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “Imaging alone, without further interventions, accounted for a total of over half a billion dollars of spending annually, according to our study. These patients got better by themselves. They never needed any other intervention, meaning the MRI did not really add to their care.”
 
Researchers retrospectively analyzed a commercial database that contained inpatient and outpatient data and identified 2,498,013 patients with a new diagnosis of low back pain or lower extremity pain. Results showed 55.7% of patients did not receive any intervention and 1.2% of patients underwent surgery. Patients who underwent surgery accounted for 29.3% of the $784 million in total costs after 12 months. Among the 98.8% of patients who did not undergo surgery, the total cost of care was $1.8 billion.
 
Source: Monica Jaramillo, Healio.com Orthopedics Today [5/13/19]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
5 Keys to Collecting Patient Responsibility Upfront- Part 3
 
Even though high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are now ubiquitous, many physician practices still struggle to collect patient balances. Here are five expert-recommended steps that can help practices rise to these challenges.
 
3. Consider keeping credit cards on file - Coastal Medical adopted a credit card on file program last year after Marilyn Boichat, the group's director of practice management learned about it at a conference. She says that not only has it helped reduce bad debt, but also that patients have welcomed the convenience of not having to pay their bills manually. Because insurance plans frequently change and credit cards expire, Boichat recommends making sure both are updated or verified as current at least annually as part of the check-in process.
 
Source: Debra Shute, Physicians Practice [5/6/19]
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QUERIES (DME)
Query: Website for Checking Same or Similar DME 
 
What is the site where we can see if the patient has had a same or similar DME under Medicare? Searching doesn't seem to find it.
 
Ron Werter, DPM, NY, NY
 
Response: Each of the Medicare Administrative Contractors (as per CMS requirements) has a provider portal. Both portals have some learning curve to navigate. Signing up for the Noridian Portal is easier (but still somewhat of a challenge) and can be accomplished in under an hour. You can be up and running on the same date or within a few days of application submission. My CGS takes longer, due to the fact that it takes some time for CGS to respond to the applicant with a "token number" which is required to compete their application. Once the token number is plugged into a started application, your ability to use the My CGS portal is...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Kesselman's extended-length response can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
 
I echo Dr. Feder’s kind comments regarding the passing of Dr. James Nuzzo. Dr. Nuzzo was a kind man and always a gentleman. He was unequalled as a magician and an excellent podiatrist.
 
Pete Harvey, DPM,  Wichita Falls, TX
 
I fondly remember spending time at the clinics when Dr. Nuzzo was a clinician. He always treated the students with kindness and was never too busy to help with the patients along with entertaining us with his magic. Always a gentleman. Never a harsh word. A great asset to our profession. He will be missed.
 
Steve Frydman, DPM, Milwaukee, WI
 
I was very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Jimmy Nuzzo, DPM. He was a great role model “back in the day” at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (he taught in the surgical dept.) in the late 60s and early 70s. He had magic hands--both in terms of true magic….. that he was great at, as well as in the operating room! A great combination. He had a winning character and will be missed.
 
Harold W. Vogler, DPM, Sarasota, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Keith Gurnick, DPM
 
The section in the article that deals with possible insurance "coverage" for bunion surgery correctly states that many insurance companies provide coverage for bunions that are associated with pain and functional limitations. It also correctly states that insurance does not provide coverage for bunions that are merely "unsightly" because in these cases, the surgery would be considered for cosmetic purposes only.  
 
Surgeons who perform bunion surgery must fully document pre-surgical symptoms and limitations in the medical record and obtain pre-surgical insurance verification, and coverage, benefits, and limitations and other coverage determinations which may include pre-certifications and pre-authorizations for insurance coverage. The article included a very good link to a Cigna webpage regarding bunion surgery that readers might want to take a look at.
 
Keith Gurnick, DPM, Los Angeles, CA
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous CAM Boot of the Day

Louis Vuitton CAM for your high-end patients

Source: Submitted by Dr. Keith Gurnick

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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.


CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTHWEST INDIANA (MUNSTER) 
 
Priced for quick sale. Doctor to retire and move out of state. Long-standing, diversified Ground floor rental Allowed to sublease to others (as currently) so save on rent and keep part time; or increase patient load. email replies to doctorfootstep@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS 
 
30 year established surgical practice East Central Illinois. Re-locating. Turn-key operation with 3 treatment rooms and surgical suite. Certified EHR. Generates $450K, price reduced to $250K (includes real estate currently listed for $150K with a local agent ). Call 217-549-1887 or email drjoe@myfeethurt.net
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 
 
Well established 30 year podiatry practice on the Coast of Texas. Busy practice with low overhead not far from large medical complex. Excellent growth potential with large active patient base. Large physician and patient referral base. Family practice residents rotate through office. Email jrgouin@gmail.com
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - PENNSYLVANIA, VERMONT AND CONNECTICUT 
 
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, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Connecticut. Positions available immediately. Send inquiries and CV to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY
 
Seeking hard working, part-time associate for established podiatry practice in Westchester county. Must be comfortable with all aspects of podiatry and EMR. If interested please email your CV to aqfootcare15@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE – NORTH CAROLINA 
 
New associate position that can lead to partnership. We are a very busy practice providing care in both office and hospital settings. We are fully integrated in a large tertiary teaching hospital. We are located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. Research opportunities are available. Applicant should be ethical, personable, hardworking, and committed to quality patient care. We are offering a competitive salary with bonus opportunities and a wide range of benefits. North Carolina license to practice is required for this position. All interested candidates should send a CV with 2 letters of reference to JCMOOREDPM@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MASSACHUSETTS
 
Well-established, very busy, hospital-based practice located just north of Boston seeking full-time DPM.  Applicant must be ABFAS Board Qualified/Certified, comfortable with rearfoot surgery and have interest in wound care.  We are well integrated within the medical community and are active in both hospital in-patient care and out-patient clinic.  Excellent referral base and high volume of new patients. Competitive compensation and benefits package. Excellent opportunity for qualified candidate.
Please email CV to footdocsma@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – DALLAS, TX AREA 
 
Full time or part time podiatry associate position for 3 location practice south of Dallas. Candidate must have completed a 2-3 year surgical residency. Offering a competitive salary with bonuses and benefits. Email CV and cover letter to podiatrysbest@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – HOUSTON, TX
 
Established Houston practice seeking motivated, hard-working recent graduate for associate position in all aspects of podiatry. Long-term plan includes partnership. Send CV to dpm2docs@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
 
FULL OR PART-TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA 
 
Home Foot Care, Inc. Mobile Podiatrists  needed to see homebound patients in San Bernardino/Riverside, Lancaster/Palmdale, Ventura/Oxnard, Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley. Choose your own days/hours, excellent monthly compensation, cloud-based EHR, dedicated support staff. If interested, email CV to: homefootcare@hotmail.com our website: www.footdocs2u.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - LONG ISLAND/QUEENS 
 
Advanced Podiatry Seeking Full Time DPM for upscale practices located at the Americana Manhasset, Huntington and Queens. Excellent work environment and company culture.  Latest technology with digital x-ray, laser, EHR, Ultrasound, the latest Apple software and iPads. Must be surgically trained, motivated, with a great work ethic. Very competitive salary with significant upside. Visit www.LIFootCare.com and email eavieiradpm@gmail.com for more info.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHWEST FL
 
Seeking associate for busy foot/ankle practice. ABFAS cert or qual. Great interpersonal skills and willing to work as a team, follow company protocols and systems. Office fully EMR, digital x-rays, Ultrasound, DME. Base salary, bonus, health, 401K, etc. Email: DrLam@naplespodiatrist.com
 
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