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May 21, 2020 #6,684 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

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Do you require staff and/or patients to wear face masks? 
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
DE Podiatrist Joins Brandywine Podiatry
 
Brandywine Podiatry has announced the addition of Joseph Brown, DPM to its expanding practice. Dr. Brown has been in private practice for 18 years. He studied at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and trained at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA. 
 
Dr. Joseph Brown
 
Dr. Brown is ABPS Board certified in foot surgery. Brandywine Podiatry treats all aspects of foot and ankle pathology throughout Delaware utilizing podiatric physicians' expertise at 7 offices across the state, as well as at many hospitals and nursing homes.
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FUTURE PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
TN HS Honor Student Plans to be a Podiatrist
 
Fleet Reserve Association Branch 294 and LA-FRA Unit 294 was honored to present Cumberland County High School senior Holley Kay Shaw as the recipient of its 2020 scholarship award. An award ceremony was held at CCHS where Holley received a Certificate of Achievement as well as a $1,000 check which will be forwarded to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 
 
Holley Kay Shaw receives $1,000 check from Peter Dellarco.
 
Holley plans on completing her undergraduate studies in biomedical sciences and pre-med curriculum at the University of Tennessee. Upon receiving her degree, she will attend a podiatric medical school and achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Holley’s academic achievements and honors are inclusion on the honor roll with a 4.0 GPA and graduating Summa Cum Laude.
 
Source: Cheryl Duncan, Crossville Chronicle [5/18/20]
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MEETING NEWS
ACPME Virtual Meeting Draws Over 100 Attendees
 
The Academy of Continuing Podiatric Medical Education (ACPME) Intensive One-Day Seminar held on May 17th  was attended by over 100 podiatrists. This annual seminar was organized by ACPME's scientific director Robert Marcus, DPM and Director of Continuing Medical Education David George, DPM.
 
Dr. Warren Joseph and Robert Marcus enjoy a lighter moment during Q & A
 
Among the speakers were podiatrists Drs. Barry Block, John Guiliana, Warren JosephSteven KravitzRitchard Rosen, Lawrence Santi,  and Charles Zelen. Steve McClain, MD lectured on "Cutaneous Manifestions of Systemic Disease" and Nan Gallagher, Esq. lectured on "Risk Management & Patient Safety."  
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY

The Return of In-person Visits - Part 2

Robert Thoburn, MD reminds us that when a patient is ready to make the step to come in, that even the steps from the waiting room to the examining room will need to be considered. “Think about taking the patient to the room,” says Thoburn, an adjunct associate professor in the department of medicine in the division of rheumatology at the University of Florida. “Does the assistant make sure to open the door so the patient isn’t touching the door handle? You don’t want to overlook even something small like that.”
 
Sanjiv Lakhanpal, MD, Founder and CEO of the Center for Vein Restoration, hints that you shouldn’t be afraid to be even more conservative than suggested guidelines. His office actually likes to keep patients at nine feet of distance. In their waiting room, they once had 10 to 12 patients, but are presently keeping it to two. Everyone else behind them waits in the car, he says. For a small waiting room, he recommends only having one patient sitting there at a time. 

Source: Eric Butterman, Physicians Practice [5/15/20]

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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Intramuscular Injection Code
 
On rare occasion, I will do an intramuscular injection. It has been a few years now, actually, so I tried the CPT 96732 along with the J code. My EMR will not accept that code and I couldn’t find information in the Codingline archives. I assume it has been deleted. Is there another appropriate CPT code to use for an intramuscular injection?
 
David E Gurvis, DPM, Avon, IN
 
Response: There is no 96732 CPT code. If you are performing a trigger point injection into a muscle, consider: CPT 20552 Injection(s); single or multiple trigger point(s), one or two muscle(s).
 
Jeffrey D Lehrman, DPM, CPC, Fort Collins, CO
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QUERIES (CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC)

Query: Extending ABFAS Certification Time Frame

Has any thought been given to extending the ABFAS board certification time frame regarding surgical logs? Our younger colleagues may miss several months of elective surgery given the COVID-19 outbreak.   

Robert P. Thiele, DPM, Somerville, NJ

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Midmark Autoclave Repair
 
Has anyone used a repair service to fix a Midmark m9 autoclave? Any references would be appreciated.
 
Eliezer Eisenberger, DPM, NY, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (DME)
RE: Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program/ COVID-9
From: Michael J Marcus, DPM
 
Medicare has placed multiple hurdles in place for physicians to dispense and prescribe DM shoes to our patients. Over the last two years, the paperwork produces a burden to both doctor and patient. Often restricting coverage unfortunately leads to less compliance and further foot and ankle problems in our most fragile DM neuropathic patients. Now with the Covid crisis, I fear that the paperwork burden will further escalate progressive loss and amputation rates in this population. The methods of obtaining the required paperwork involves greater patient risk, more visitations, as well as more stress to our patients as well as our office staff. It further increases the use of PPE. 
 
Has Medicare made any modifications or revisions that would help us help these patients during these trying times? If not, shouldn’t we through APMA with the ADA begin to ensure that methods are in place that would reduce patient exposure and allow appropriate dispensing. Perhaps utilize their PMH. As far as I know PMHs don’t change - if you have a history of a disease - you have a history of the disease for life. We rarely cure disease. The very fact that we are forced to provide paper work yearly on chronic diabetics with persistent neuropathy with a history of previous amputations is totally ridiculous.
 
Michael J Marcus, DPM, Montebello/Irvine, CA
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From:  Craig H. Thomajan, DPM
 
I can report good to excellent results with this technology. I have been using Swift therapy for native and recalcitrant plantar verruca for approximately 6 months. Generally speaking, the younger the patient, the stronger the immune system, the less treatments are required. We see visual improvement in dermatoglyphics after one treatment regardless of the number of lesions presenting. We have used the system approximately 50 times with no adverse side-effects, no scarring.  
 
The device is simple to use. We have found that using a needleless injector to deliver a small aliquot of anesthesia prior to the therapy allows us to start at maximum wattage to deliver the energy needed to elicit an immune response with little to no pain. We are averaging resolution between the second and third treatment.
 
Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, West Lake Hills, TX
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Alan Bass, DPM
 
I heard about the Swift device in 2019 and I leased it in November 2019 while at the AAPPM conference in Daytona. I leased it specifically because of one patient with recalcitrant interdigital warts. I have been very happy with my decision. I leased the unit for 5 years. I have had very good results with several patients in this short period of time. The unit is very easy to use. The treatment protocol is very easy to follow. I have heard from other DPMs that they are also happy with their investment.
 
Disclosure: I am a consultant for Saorsa, the distributors of Swift.
 
Alan Bass, DPM, Manalapan, NJ
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEETING NEWS)
RE: ACPME Virtual Meeting Draws Over 100 Attendees
From: Daniel Chaskin, DPM
 
Wow is all I have to say. It was totally online, and in the SAFE comfort in one's home. The seminar was very informative and had knowledgeable speakers. Thank you ACPME.
 
Daniel Chaskin, DPM, Ridgewood, NY
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

These shoes were worn by Beyoncé, on the cover of her album Beyoncé 4 (Photo: René van den Berg)

Source:  Jan Taminlau via Virtual Shoe Museum

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MEETING NOTICES

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Multi-office Rhode Island/Southeastern Massachusetts Podiatry practice with an immediate opening for a FT surgical BQ/BC DPM. Salary with production based bonus, benefits package and medical insurance included. Please send CV to druggiero@rifootcare.com
 
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Wanted Part-time associate for busy Northern NJ practice. Flexible days. Full scope of podiatric practice performed. E-mail CV to MHDPM1@gmail.com.
 
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Looking for immediate purchase of an established practice in North Jersey in one of the following areas:  Hudson county, Bergen county,  eastern Passaic county, eastern Essex county. I would like the doctor to be available to help with transition.  Contact: nnjpod@gmail.com
 
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PRACTICE FOR SALE - ANCHORAGE, AK 
 
Health issues force immediate closing of well over 30 year podiatry practice in Anchorage, AK. Set up for three treatment rooms. Very flexible terms and price. Please email drmarkrindi@yahoo.com if you are interested.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – CHICAGO SUBURBS 
 
Highly respected successful, solo podiatry practice for sale in upper middle class northern suburbs of Chicago.  Affiliated with 2 major hospital physician programs with a surgical center available in office complex.  Must be board eligible or board-certified.  If you are a people person without a doctor’s complex, this turnkey practice is for you.  With added social media, practice revenues could go up 10-20%. $ 900,000 Gross last several years working 4 half days a week. Traknet EMR, digital x-ray, computerized orthotics, with in-house PT.  No Medicaid and no nursing homes.  Will sacrifice for $500,000.  Only serious inquiries contact    k.peeler@comcast.net
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – REDDING, CA 
 
33 year-old practice in Redding, CA. Beautiful area, mild winters. Snow ski and water ski in the same day. Smaller town feel than large urban area. Has a unique charm. If you love the outdoors, this is a great place to be. Thorough valuation report available. Price $176,000  just.bob@hotmail.com.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTHEASTERN, NC (ROANOKE RAPIDS)
 
I am retiring from a 32 year old solo practice on the hospital campus of a small town. Low overhead. Currently the office is open M-Th, with Fridays at rest or nursing homes. Region has 3 beautiful, large lakes. Please contact pedalpod@embarqmail.com  or phone 252-535-2004 if interested.
 
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