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July 01, 2020 #6,713 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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BREAKING NEWS
HHS Will Renew Public Health Emergency
 
HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo on Monday tweeted that HHS intends to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency that is set to expire on July 25. The extension would prolong the emergency designation by 90 days. Several payment policies and regulatory adjustments are attached to the public health emergency, so the extension is welcome news for healthcare providers.
 
Some notable policies attached to the public health emergency are the Medicare inpatient 20% add-on payment for COVID-19 patients, increased federal Medicaid matching rates, requirements that insurers cover COVID-19 testing without cost-sharing, and waivers of telehealth restrictions.
 
Source: Rachel Cours, Modern Healthcare [6/29/20]
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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
CT Podiatrist Provides Tips for Exercising in the Heat
 
According to Robert Weiss, DPM, "The summer temperatures came on fast. Summer activities, whether running, bicycling, playing tennis, baseball, volleyball, or badminton, or any other outside exercise, can be hazardous as there is the danger of dehydration. Sweat is the body’s cooling system and when we are physically active in the heat, we can lose as much as two quarts of fluid in an hour. If one continues to exercise without adequate cooling, our body temperature rises. An elevation in body temperature may trigger heat illness such as heat cramps or heat exhaustion. A dangerously high body temperature of more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to heat stroke.
 
Dr. Robert Weiss
 
"However, as prevention is always better than treatment, the following are some prevention guidelines: Exercise in the cool morning or evening hours---avoid midday heat. Drink plenty of fluids before and during exercise. Drink cold liquids as they pass into your system faster than ice-cold or warm fluids and they also cool body temperature. Let your body acclimate itself to the heat and humidity for five to seven days before any competitive events. Recognize the signs — hot, dry skin, and rapid pulse," says Dr. Weiss.
 
Source: Westport News [6/26/20]
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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

 
Which area of your practice has been MOST adversely affected by the pandemic? 
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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
MN Podiatrist Joins the Lakewood Health System’s Specialty Medical Staff
 
Doctor of podiatric medicine Jon Peterson, DPM is joining the Lakewood Health System’s specialty medical staff. Originally from Grand Forks, ND, Dr. Peterson received his podiatric medical degree from Des Moines University. He completed his podiatric residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center. 
 
Dr. Jon Peterson
 
He is also a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
 
Source: Wadena Pioneer Journal [6/29/20]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
NY Podiatrist Saddened by Closure of Local Mom and Pop Pharmacy
 
A fixture in the Merrick business community since 1947, Savall Drugs closed its doors on May 21 after owner Robert Klieger came to terms on an agreement to sell his inventory to CVS Pharmacy. “Starting in January, it became increasingly more difficult to run the store based on insurance companies’ prescription plans,” said Klieger, whose uncle, Harold Mindell, was the original owner.
 
Dr. Andrea Cunha
 
Savall was a go-to store for Dr. Andrea Cunha, a Wantagh podiatrist. “I have had many occasions to do business with Savall for many of my patients’ needs,” she said. “It was a pleasure consulting with a ‘mom and pop’ type pharmacy. The staff was always very knowledgeable and professional, always putting my patients’ care first. Doctors like myself appreciate the prompt service. [I’m] sad to see them go.”
 
Source: Tony Bellissimo, Long Island Herald [6/29/20]
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FROM PM's CURRENT ISSUE
Several times a week, PM News posts an entire article from a recent issue of our partner, Podiatry Management Magazine. Please note that the views expressed in Podiatry Management Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of PM News or Barry Block.
 
Today's Featured Article
 
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
5 Things Physician Practices Need to do When Hiring During a Pandemic- Part 4
 
Here are five things you will need to do to hire top talent despite the limitations due to the pandemic.
 
4. Learn New Remote Screening Tools
 
While telephonic interviews have been the first step of a recruitment process for a long time, many organizations are now using video interviews as final interviews. Soon enough, face-to-face interviews may not even exist. So, adapt to the change while also keeping the comfort of your candidates and employees at the center. Make sure your recruitment staff members assist candidates, especially in blue-collar jobs, in using technology. Remember, extra efforts will only improve your brand reputation further. 
 
Source: Kelly Barcelos, Physicians Practice [6/17/20]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: Tiffany Kildale
 
Thank you, Dr. Udell, for serving as a mentor in the Mentor Network! Your service to the future of the profession is invaluable, and we’re grateful to have you.
 
APMA strongly encourages virtual shadowing, for both the comfort level of the prospective students, as well as mentors participating in the network. While the Mentor Network was briefly suspended during the height of pandemic in April, an email was sent to mentors in the network upon reopening, encouraging them to meet with prospective students via Zoom, FaceTime calls, or other virtual platforms. We encourage physicians to limit in-person interaction as a way to minimize risk and limit the number of people physically present in an office based on local capacity guidelines. Students have been made aware that in-person shadowing is not a guarantee, as every office has different rules and guidelines regarding reopening.
 
Thank you again for taking the time to talk with students considering a career in podiatry—you are encouraged to do so at your own comfort level!
 
Tiffany Kildale, APMA Career Development Manager
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PODIATRISTS AND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
From: George Jacobson, DPM
 
During my recent hospitalization, the nurses were on 12 hour shifts. The same was true of the respiratory therapist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist. There wasn't one of them who didn't notice difficulty while wearing their masks. The respiratory therapist who is treating patients throughout the floor acknowledged the same. If you notice that you feel winded or have some shortness of breath wearing the mask while seeing patients, cut down on the amount that you talk to your patients. Believe me, they'll understand. Most of our older patients find it difficult to breathe as well. 
 
Both the nurses and I noticed that the N95 masks caused increased difficulty versus cheaper surgical masks. The question was really about supplemental oxygen. Has anyone tried it, and if it made a difference, please let your colleagues know. The types of masks people are wearing would make a good question and whether we notice any shortness of breath and or lightheadedness. 
 
George Jacobson, DPM, Hollywood, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (RELEVANT RESEARCH) - PART 1
RE: Terbinafine May be More Effective than Fluconazole and Itraconazole in Treatment of Dermatophyte Toenail Onychomycosis
From: Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH
 
A report in the Dermatology Advisor presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Virtual Meeting Experience 2020 (June 26, 2020) indicated that terbinafine may be more effective than fluconazole and itraconazole in the treatment of dermatophyte toenail onychomycosis. But all regimens appear to be safe and effective when administered for up to three to 12 months. This was the conclusion of investigators after a 4,205-patient systematic review and analysis.
 
Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (RELEVANT RESEARCH) - PART 2

RE: COVID Toe” Lesions are Probably Not Caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Leonard Levy, DPM, MPH)                                                                                               From: Dennis Shavelson, DPM

Dr. Levy is a podiatric icon. He guided us as a dean of an allopathic medicine university for decades. He reports on the findings from an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Newsletter allowing him to conclude that “Covid Toe lesions are caused by people walking around barefoot at home for weeks while under lockdown” and not the virus. He cites two references that reject his conclusions. The “Spanish researchers” article states “All patients were included who had an eruption of recent onset and presenting with compatible symptoms or confirmed COVID-19 with laboratory confirmation of SARS-CoV-2, irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms.” The Belgian Study states “Limitations of this study include a small sample size and a population that may not be representative. There was also no control group and no long-term follow-up.”
 
A recent Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (JEADV) systematic review concluded that “Our review systematically presented the clinical characteristics of 507 patients and showed that skin might be the potential target of the infection according to ACE2 expression. I sit on the advisory board of “The COVID-19 Foot Registry”, composed mainly of DPMs. We are archiving the signs, symptoms, and treatments of Covid Toes cases anonymously, adding to the data of the AAD Covid Toes Dermatology Registry. I have dozens of cases that relate endovascular complications of COVID-19 to the feet and toes, suggesting that Dr. Levy’s post is a potential red herring.
 
Dennis Shavelson, DPM, NY, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS)
From: John Moglia, DPM,
 
Urban legend declares the highest rate of suicide in the medical professions is assigned to dentists. The highest rate of being murdered is associated with cosmetic surgeons. For divorce by infidelity, gynecologists. For drug addiction, the prize goes to anesthesiologists. According to the PM News Quick Poll, 34% of podiatrists are still burring down fungal or dystrophic nails without a nail dust extractor. Are there any published studies showing higher rates of lung cancer or death by lung disease attributed to podiatrists?
 
John Moglia, DPM, Berkeley Hts NJ
 
Editor’s note: We are unaware of any such study. However, in Podiatry Management's latest annual survey, 11% of podiatrists reported respiratory problems.
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RE: Outrageous Shoes of the Day

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Source: Camelia Croitoru via Virtual Shoe Museum

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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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Immediate positions for busy practice in SWFL. ABFAS RRA BC or BQ. Athena EMR, Digital x-rays, Ultrasound, DME. Base salary, plus bonus w extensive benefits.  DrLam@NaplesPodiatrist.com
 
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Very busy and growing practice with multiple locations and doctors in booming Knoxville, Tennessee area seeks high energy and personable physician. Modern, office-based practice with readily available privileges at all local hospitals and surgery centers. Immediate volume to fill your schedule with a variety of patients ranging from complex surgical cases to routine foot care. Extremely competitive salary plus very generous bonus structure and benefits. Please send cover letter and CV to ddavidphawk@yahoo.com.
 
FULL TIME PODIATRIST- NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
 
We are a fast-growing podiatry practice in North 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 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
 
GENERAL PODIATRIST – ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTER IN HUNTINGTON, W.VA.
 
Marshall Orthopaedics, a university-affiliated physician group, is seeking candidates for a general podiatry position with an interest in wound care and diabetic limb salvage. This is a full-time opening in a well-established, busy academic orthopaedic practice in Huntington, W.Va. We employ over two dozen attendings, including four podiatrists. We offer a university employee-based benefits package that provides for competitive compensation. Applicants must have successfully completed a DPM program and be board-certified or board-eligible. Applicants must also be able to obtain an unrestricted W.Va. podiatry license. Send CV to: Chad Fisher at Fisher47@Marshall.edu
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – CLEVELAND SW SUBURBS 
 
Excellent opportunity to join a 30 year old well-established busy two office location practice seeking a PSR-36 Board Qualified/Certified with ABPS. All phases of podiatry from surgery to wound care. Staff privileges at 3 local hospitals. Modern offices recently remodeled and equipped with certified EMR, digital x-rays and all aspects of DME. Significant opportunity for growth and development. Please forward CV to medical123@aol.com
 
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Well established, 100% pediatric practice. An all cash practice –no insurance. Primarily biomechanics and surgical assessments from worldwide.  Full orthotic fabrication and/or orthotic adjustment lab. Easily added surgical opportunity that are currently referred out. Relocated easily within the NY tri-state area. Contact: Kidsfeet2020@gmail.com
 
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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 - NORTHERN MISSOURI 
 
24 year old, reputable, profitable podiatric practice for sale. Great school and family oriented community.  Only podiatry practice in a large area. County seat with modern hospital. Turn-key and a bargain guaranteed. Must sell and move out-of-state to aid aging parents. Serious inquiries only please. 660-651-0264 keithb@cvalley.net
 
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