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June 10, 2021 #6,969 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Toe Separators Can Benefit Hammertoes, Bunions, and Neuromas: NY Podiatrist
 
“People with hammertoes, bunions, and neuromas will all benefit from toe separators,” says Emily Splichal, DPM. While some severe cases of these conditions could require more intense treatment, she still suggests that her patients with rigid hammertoes or severe bunions incorporate toe separators into their daily routines. “Bringing even a little mobility and alignment of the forefoot is beneficial,” she adds.
 
Dr. Emily Splichal
 
Particularly in the case of bunions, recent research backs her up: A small 2018 study of 56 women with moderate bunions published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found that a combination treatment of toe separators with foot mobilization exercises resulted in a significant reduction in bunion severity after one year of use. Dr. Splichal has found that the results from toe separators tend to be more pronounced in her patients who wear them more regularly. 
 
Source: Erica Sloan, Well + Good [6/7/21]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
IN Podiatrist Joins Community Health Network
 
Jessica Taulman-Young, DPM has recently joined Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Taulman-Young received her podiatric medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine.
 
Dr. Jessica Taulman-Young
 
Dr. Taulman-Young completed her podiatric residency at Community Westview Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and is board certfied by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
 
Source: Linkedin
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
 Surgical Treatment Best Option for Chronic Ingrown Toenails: Spanish Podiatrist 
 
Regarding the treatment of ingrown toenails, Javier Alcalá, collaborator of the General Council of Colleges of Podiatrists of Spain and member of the Spanish Association of Podiatric Surgery, says it can be conservative or surgical: “For those patients who present the problem sporadically or eventually, a conservative treatment can be considered with periodic visits scheduled by the podiatrist as long as they are spaced apart in a reasonable time. On some occasions, it will be necessary to use anesthesia to eliminate the nail fragment (spicule) causing the problem and perform a proper canal cleaning.”
 
Javier Alcalá
 
The best option without a doubt is to opt for surgical treatment. "Today, we perform interventions to narrow the nail with local anesthesia, completely painless and with a post-surgical procedure that requires practically no rest and no or minimal discomfort. To all this, we must add success rates very close to 100% and minimal complications, which makes this treatment the most recommended option when the problem is recurrent. It is a very safe, effective, and definitive treatment," says the expert.
 
Source: Saxon [6/8/21]
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PODIATRISTS IN ACADEMIA
CT Podiatrist Becomes Instructor at Windham High School
 
Irv Buchbinder, DPM, MS has become an instructor at Windham High School in Willimantic, CT. Dr. Buchbinder received his podiatric medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and a Master's degree from the University of New Haven.
 
Dr. Irv Buchbinder
 
Dr. Buchbinder is Director of FreeMED Software Foundation, Inc. and worked as a podiatrist for Community HealthServices, Inc. from August 2000-May 2021.
 
Source: Linkedin
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
FL Podiatrist Discusses Choosing Walking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
 
Not a runner? No worries. According to the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, walking has many health benefits, including promoting weight loss as well as lowering your risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Before you head out the door to embark on a walk, it’s important to have a great walking shoe. Experts agree that proper walking shoes should be comfortable, supportive, and flexible.
 
Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges
 
And if you suffer from plantar fasciitis, which typically causes pain in the heel area, Pensacola, FL-based podiatrist Grace Torres-Hodges, DPM says it’s especially important to choose styles with ample cushioning and rearfoot support — including features like deep heel cups, firm heel counters, and flared heels.
 
Source: Madeleine Crenshaw, Footwear News [6/7/21]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
5 Can’t Miss Financial Strategies for Practices
 
1) Benchmark Your Performance
 
Practice leaders that want to succeed must track key performance indicators so they can identify opportunities for improvement. Compare your performance year to year and to other similar practices in the following categories:
  • Physician productivity
  • Account receivable
  • Insurance claims
  • Reimbursement
  • Denials
  • Patient satisfaction
Source: Todd Shryock, Logan Lutton, Medical Economics [6/7/21]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Trouble With Injections
 
Medicare has denied our recent codes for CPT 20550 as well as CPT 64455, for plantar fascia injections and neuroma injections, stating that these are “not medically necessary.” We are having the patient sign ABNs for these so that we can collect payment, however, these codes have been covered in the past. The diagnosis codes being used include M77.51, M77.52 for CPT 20550 as well as G67.61 and G57.62 to code for neuromas. Are we doing something wrong? My biller explained to me that because I am not an anesthesiologist, Medicare is denying the codes.
 
PM News Subscriber
 
Response: Both of these are payable CPT codes by CMS. Check your EOMB as the denial codes listed might offer some insight as to why the claim was denied. I would then appeal the denial.
 
If the telephone person stated that not being an anesthesiologist was the denial basis then I would contact your state association. There could have been some computer/policy update done and something glitched that needs to be corrected as soon as possible.
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: David Secord, DPM
 
"I believe there are at least a dozen states which allow nurse practitioners to practice independently, which also includes full rights to write prescriptions. I believe changing a state’s practice act to allow podiatrists to treat the foot and ankle medically and surgically and also provide primary care may be politically feasible in some states." - Herbert
 
If you look at the infographic, the cause is being pushed that an NP is just as capable as a doctor or PA. Whether we, as physicians, agreed with this or not appears to have no bearing on the future of the NP and healthcare.
 
David Secord, DPM, McAllen, TX
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
RE: Scope of Practice of Nurse Practitioners 
From: W. David Herbert, DPM, JD
 
I first became involved with nurse practitioners about 30 years ago in Wyoming. The several that I knew were RNs who had completed a two-year RN program and I believe had an additional 18 months of training to become a certified nurse practitioner. They did not even have a bachelors degree at least at that time. At that time, my wife, who has a masters degree in nursing, was teaching in one of those two-year RN programs. If I had a cardiac, GI or allergy problem, I would not expect anyone providing primary care to treat me for it. I would expect a primary care provider to refer me to a specialist in that case.
 
The era of the plenary medical degree is over. Physicians should be providing specialty medical or surgical care. Most of the time, primary care, if done properly, simply means determining if a specialist referral is necessary. Podiatrists should be able to assess a surgical patient that they are licensed to perform surgery on. This would theoretically mean doing a complete body and systems assessment and determining if the patient has any problems that would preclude the intended surgery. If podiatrists cannot accomplish this type of whole body assessment, they should not be practicing!
 
W. David Herbert DPM, JD, Billings, MT
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Finally, Crocs high heels

Source: Balenciaga via Alea Becwar

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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ATLANTA, GEORGIA
 
Ankle & Foot Centers of America is one of the largest and fastest-growing podiatric group practices in the country. We are currently looking for a motivated, full-time, board qualified/board-certified foot and ankle surgeon to join as an associate in one of our Georgia office locations. The clinic is located in a rapidly growing area just north of Atlanta. One of our physicians is retiring, so expect to inherit instant patient volume. Newly graduated residents and those with a few years of experience looking for a change are welcome to apply. Please send CV to info@ankleandfootcenters.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - BROOKLYN, NY 
 
Busy practice in Brooklyn is looking for a full-time podiatrist with excellent compensation with excellent growth potential. Must be motivated, and hardworking. Send CV to Footcareemployment@gmail.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE- FLORIDA, MISSOURI and VIRGINIA
 
Rapidly expanding company looking for qualified podiatrists to see residents in Long Term Care Facilities in FL, MO and VA. Excellent opportunity for those seeking extra income with flexible hours. Inquire about opportunities in a number of other states as well. Please forward your CV and all inquiries to ThePodiatryCompanyLLC@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE OPPORTUNITY - SOUTHERN NJ 
 
Busy practice in need of an associate to join and become a partner. This practice has a full array of services and needs an associate to help meet demand. This is a small town location with a lot to offer. Competitive salary and benefits with partnership option in future. Contact: MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEW YORK 
 
Seeking a highly motivated individual interested in evolving in private practice to a wealthy and knowledgeable affiliate entity with a large surgical-based podiatry group. Surgeons with a two or three-year residency preferred. Come join and Let’s keep New Yorkers on their feet! Please email your CV to podiatrynewyork@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
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE 
 
Solo physician seeking associate interested in owning a thriving community-based practice on Maryland's Eastern Shore with a strong senior living component. There is opportunity to reestablish a surgical aspect to the practice; surgery is currently referred out. Compensation is personal productivity commission based. Please respond to: tidewaterpodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION/PRACTICE FOR SALE – NASSAU COUNTY, LONG ISLAND 
 
Part time associate to work needed, or part time associate willing to work one day steady per week. Will sell 500k gross practice for 200k with sale of home/ office. North shore, Nassau county, Long Island. Contact: bombbustr7@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 
 
Very busy, well-established, group practice is seeking to add a full time associate. Candidate must be very hard working and ethical with good surgical training and having completed a minimum of 24 month residency. Applicant must be at least board qualified. Competitive salary and benefits. E-mail CV to llfootankle@gmail.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BERGEN COUNTY, NJ 
 
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.
 
FULL TIME PODIATRIST - NEW JERSEY 
 
We are a fast-growing podiatry practice in New 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, guaranteed 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
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - BALTIMORE MARYLAND
 
Associate needed to join a multi office podiatry practice in the Baltimore Maryland Region. Desired candidate should be surgically trained with Board Eligible/Certification. You must be hard working, ethical, compassionate and confident in your abilities to deal with pathology, patients, staff and fellow physicians. We will consider a Part Time associate. Competitive income and benefits for the right associate. Please forward a cover letter, resume and availability to DrsFeet@Gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE SEARCH - CAPE COD, MA  
 
Practice seeks associate (full or part-time) to join practice in partnership track. Established practice. Opportunity to be the surgeon of the practice and have a strong established base to work from. Competitive compensation plan. Contact: MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – CHICAGO 
 
Available immediately. Home visits/ some facilities/ some office hours. Illinois license is required. Salary plus bonus, or independent contractor agreement. Existing patients’ base. Net $250-325K. logistics are provided. Full- and part-time are available. Contact vadim.goshko@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MIDWEST UNITED STATES
 
ONCE IN LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to join a thriving practice with instant patient volume. State of the art practice with advanced derm, limb, salvage, sports med, pediatrics and in-office-lasers. Seeking an ambitious DPM with surgical and patient management skills. Early board-certification with ability to outpace your peers economically. Buy-in anticipated after initial contract. Starting six figure salary with generous bonuses. No nursing homes. Perks include: Paid Med-Mal, Vacation, Hospital Dues, Medical Organizational Dues, Health & Disability Insurance, Phone & Car Allowances, 401k Accessible/5K Signing Bonus. DPMPROFESSIONAL2021@GMAIL.COM
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTH CAROLINA 
 
Seeking full-time associate. Both strong clinical and surgical skills required. Training with diabetes and limb salvage a plus. Hospital and surgical center privileges. Compensation with base and bonus structure. Benefits: insurance, paid vacation/holidays, paid CME, malpractice. Position available 9/1/21. Current NC license not required. Send cv to RussAllen25@gmail.com
 
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Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 20,000 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770
CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - TULSA, OKLAHOMA 
 
30+ years established solo practice in stand-alone medical building, perfect location in key market, Established referral sources, Fully equipped 6 treatment rooms + surgery suite, Well rounded practice with surgery, orthotics, wound care, limb salvage, sports medicine, diabetic and RFC.  Great mix of private insurance, Medicare, and private pay patients.  Current owner retiring,  will transition, Great place to raise a family.  Email: footman@tulsacoxmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTHWEST OREGON 
 
Well established, ethical, multiple location practice with constant, consistent growth. Collections in 2020 (Covid year) $1.1million. Beautiful Willamette Valley with every recreation imaginable, surf and snow ski the same day. Extremely well equipped offices, well trained staff. Willing to stay to help transition and help you succeed. No medicaid. Excellent patient mix. Hospital and surgery center staff positions available. Contact: yourperfectpractice@gmail.com
 
PRACTICES FOR SALE - HUDSON VALLEY, NY 
 
Long established in two Hudson Valley, NY counties. 4 employed podiatrists, experienced staff. Full hospital admitting, surgical privileges. Participation in most commercial, advantage, Medicare & Medicaid. Custom built Office #1 = 1900 sq ft 3-4 tx rms FOR SALE in deal. Office#2 = 1400 sq ft rental 3 tx rms. Contact: podiatrypracticeny@yahoo.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SOUTH CENTRAL NH  
 
Established practice with strong patient flow. Owner desires to sell and relocate. Located 1.5 hours from Boston and Hartford. No routine care. Sports medicine and surgery. Contact:   MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – PHOENIX METRO AREA 
 
Once in a lifetime opportunity for two docs to take over a two office practice grossing over 1.5M in Phoenix metropolitan area;  both offices recently refurbished, all TI's paid, both leases with renewal options in place and no debt; fully staffed, digital xrays, outsource billing and credentialing, EMR cloud based, and can't handle new patient volume. Three docs would be perfect to continue growing the practice. Opportunity to also become a partner in surgery center. More details to properly vetted interested parties after signing NDA. Contact: ttr30doc@gmail.com.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NW NEW JERSEY  
     
35 year old practice, all aspects of podiatry. Loyal patient following, large physician referral base. EHR, staff in place.  Low overhead. Great potential for surgically oriented podiatrist. Will stay for transition if desired. 201-317-0758.
 
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