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July 10, 2019 #6,458 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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Should podiatry have a single board certification with added sub-specialties?
 
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 1
Walking Barefoot Can Result in Second Degree Burns: CA Podiatrist
 
Whether your summertime footwear choice is flip-flops, hiking boots or bare feet, it’s important to care for your feet while you enjoy the warm weather. Grass Valley podiatrist Marc Claydon, DPM, Foot and Ankle Surgeons of Northern California, reminds us that while summertime is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, there are some risks that come with certain activities.
 
Dr. Marc Claydon
 
“In my clinical and personal experiences, I have encountered many different injuries resulting from summer activities, ranging from foot lacerations from sharp rocks to even first and second degree burns from ambulating [walking] on hot ground,” says Dr. Claydon. Claydon says those types of burns from walking on hot pavement can be avoided by investing in supportive water shoes or a sandal with thick soles.
 
Source: Mary Beth TeSelle, The Union [7/8/19] 
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 2
MI Podiatrist Discusses Causes of Fungal Infections
 
Fungi love dark, damp places, so your feet are especially vulnerable to fungal infection, says Rebecca Sundling, doctor of podiatric medicine, a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, and a podiatrist at Northwood Foot and Ankle Center in Holland, MI. Both toenail fungus and foot fungus are very common, and both can be caused by the same organism. However, they aren’t the same condition, and they are treated differently, she explains. Toenail fungus is a fungal infection in the toenail. It happens when a fungus — anything from mold to yeast to other types of fungus — gets in the nail bed from a cut or break in the nail or repetitive trauma to the nail, and penetrates the nail itself, says Dr. Sundling.
 
Dr. Rebecca Sundling
 
A foot fungus is a fungal infection of the skin, better known as athlete’s foot, says Sundling. The fungus enters through cracks in the skin. It’s known as athlete’s foot because athletes or anyone who is more active and sweats a lot is more at risk. Kids are also more at risk, because they don’t tend to wear different shoes, and changing your shoes is one way to avoid foot fungus.
 
Source: Marie Suszynski, Everyday Health [7/8/19]
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN THE NEWS
Novastep Announces Launch of PECA® MIS Implant System for Bunion Correction
 
Novastep, Inc., a global medical technologies company specializing in foot and ankle surgery, has announced the U.S. launch and full commercial availability of the PECA® minimally invasive surgical (MIS) implant system for mild to severe hallux valgus (bunion) deformities. The first commercial PECA® cases were performed by A. Holly Johnson, MD (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY), Oliver N. Schipper, MD (The Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic, Arlington, VA) and Brian G. Loder, DPM (Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI). 
 
Dr. Brian Loder
 
Novastep’s PECA® system features a complete and versatile portfolio of uniquely designed instruments and implants for minimally invasive surgical correction of hallux valgus, commonly referred to as bunions. “The Novastep MIS system has dramatically improved my practice in both the clinic and O.R. Using PECA® for my bunion patients is simply more effective and efficient,” said Dr. Loder.
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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

4 Ways to Improve Your Online Reputation - Part 3

3. Ensure information is up-to-date.
 
Set a reminder for slow periods (e.g., the deductible reset in January or summer) and divide up the work of checking directories and checking your online reputation.
 
Source: Laurie Morgan, Physicians Practice [6/26/19]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Takedown of a Fusion of the 1st MPJ
 
I recently had a patient with a fused 1st MPJ and the sequelae thereof. She has extreme hypermobility of the 1st metatarsocuneiform joint and a stage 4 flatfoot. Her 2nd and 3rd toes were deviating medially from overloading (pre-dislocation syndrome). Therefore, I performed a subtalar joint fusion, a talonavicular fusion, 1st metatarsal-cuneiform fusion, and I took down the 1st metatarsophalangeal (MTPJ) fusion. I placed an implant at the 1st MTPJ site to allow for some motion in the foot since having most of the medial column fused would likely cause pain. I did correct her lesser toes as well.
 
I do not see a CPT for takedown of a fusion of the 1st MTPJ. Would this qualify as correction of hallux rigidus with implant (CPT 28291) or CPT 28899 (Unlisted procedure)?
 
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Response: With respect to the “take down of a fusion of the 1st MTPJ,” I do not feel that this would qualify for the billing of CPT code 28291: Hallux rigidus correction with cheilectomy, debridement and capsular release of the first MPJ; with implant. By definition, hallux rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis, which can cause pain and stiffness in the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint. Clearly, this is not what has taken place here. The 1st MPJ was arthrodesed at point “X” in the past. An iatrogenic hallux rigidus is really not a good selling point to support the billing of CPT code 28291. Since there is not a designated CPT code for the introduction or placement of an implant into the 1st MPJ, I feel that it would be most appropriate to bill CPT code 28899: Unlisted procedure, foot or toes.
 
I would then go to Box 19 on the CMS-1500 Claim Form or the electronic equivalent, the Information Box. I would print out the following: “CPT code 28899 is for the placement of an implant into the first metatarsophalangeal joint.” If additional information is requested after the entire claim is submitted, I would then submit a copy of the operative report.
 
Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC, Lady Lake, FL
 
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QUERIES (MEDICAL-LEGAL)
Query: Posting Surgical Procedure Videos on Social Media 
 
In this current Dr. Pimple Popper world, I’m seeing an increase on podiatry office Facebook sites of surgical procedures. I’d like to know if posting videos of our procedures could lead to a liability issue.
 
Olga Luepschen, DPM, Sebring, FL 
 
Editor's Comment: PM News does not provide legal advice. In order to steer clear of HIPAA and state privacy laws, make sure the patient is not identifiable. In addition, it is recommended that you get a signed release from the patient.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Charles Lombardi, DPM
 
ABOS requires submission of all cases done in the last two years. Then they require you to come down and defend your cases (that they pick). This process is repeated in re-certification. That is why most orthopedists don't want difficult cases in their window.
 
Charles Lombardi, DPM, Flushing, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Judith Rubin, DPM
 
I too took the boards in 1988 and thank God passed the first time. Now taking the Boards is almost impossible. One of my associates handed in his cases, some from residencies and some from private practice. His cases were rejected because of ridiculous things such as a cavus foot in which he performed a Dwyer osteotomy. They wanted to know why he didn’t do NCS and EMGs. Really? I think the whole thing was ridiculous. That’s my opinion. 
 
Judith Rubin, DPM, Cypress, TX
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CODINGLINE CORNER)
From: Bret M. Ribotsky, DPM
 
I think the real question is “Can diabetes be cured?” A quick search on Google says NO. In my opinion, once you have diabetes, psoriasis, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, or many other diseases, you have these for life. You may have No evidence of disease activity (NEDA) and that is the goal of treatment; we often call it a cure, but it’s not. If this is so, then once you have had the diagnosis made, you have it forever. 
 
To take issue with my friend Dr. Lehrman, he is correct if the first doctor says the patient does not have diabetes any longer; but, should the first doctor say that there is NEDA of diabetes, I still think the patient should be eligible for shoes.
 
Bret M. Ribotsky, DPM, Boca Raton, FL
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoes of the Day

Wormy Walkers? (photo: M. Zoeter)

Source: Iris van Herpen, Rem D Koohaus via Virtual Shoe Museum 

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ASSOCIATE POSITION - BROOKLYN, MANHATTAN, BRONX, NY
 
Full time podiatry position in group practice with salary starting at $100,000 first year and second year $125,000 with bonus structure for entry level. Experienced doctors already on hospital staff and affiliated with insurances negotiable. Includes malpractice, stipend for CME, license, etc., 401k, partial payment of medical insurance. Must be willing to travel to all locations. Please email resume to contactus@starrettpodiatry.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 - CHARLESTON, SC 
 
Board qualified/certified podiatrist needed for busy practice in Charleston, SC. Practice utilizes mini C-arm, ultrasound, laser, DME and retail. Hardworking ethical individual needed to fill position. No call, weekends, or surgical training needed. Ideal position with a family or retiring. Please email resume/cover letter to charlestonpodiatry@yahoo.com
 
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Looking for well-trained podiatrist licensed in New Jersey. The practice spans the gamut of podiatric medicine and surgery. If you don't like treating peds, don't apply. Expect to see everything from mycotic nails to complex flatfoot surgery. Six figure salary with bonus and benefits. Respond to Laoshih5@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
 
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST WANTED – CALIFORNIA/SF EAST BAY 
 
Join our growing multi-office practice, immediate opening. Must have great people skills, bedside manner, and positive demeanor. Must work well with staff and local medical community. Prefer private practice experience. California license required. Full or Part Time. Send CV and cover letter to: ebpod2008@gmail.com.
 
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Very busy practice seeking a full-time, self-motivated and hard-working podiatry associate. Competitive salary and benefits offered. Please email CV to: podiatrists@icloud.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MIAMI, FL
 
We are a growing practice in Miami, FL with three podiatrists working in 1 office and on staff at 3 hospitals. Attractive salary. Practice is equipped with certified EMR, digital x-ray, and laser. Send CV to tvaldizan@birdroadpodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NASHVILLE, TN 
 
Searching for a well-trained and ambitious podiatrist for a growing 3 office location practice. Full-time position offering base + bonus. Associate needs to be board certified or board eligible by the ABFAS. Please email cover letter and CV to mendozadpm@comcast.net. Love of Country Music not required! 
 
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.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHWEST FL
 
Seeking associate for busy well rounded foot/ankle practice. ABFAS or ABPM cert or qual. Great interpersonal skills and willing to work as a team a must. Office fully EMR, digital x-rays, Ultrasound, DME. Base salary, bonus, health, 401K, etc. DrLam@naplespodiatrist.com
 
PART-TIME PODIATRIST POSITIONS – STATE OF FLORIDA
 
Earn some extra income while positively impacting the lives of seniors every day! KG Health Partners is a growing, mobile podiatry practice seeking part-time Podiatrists throughout the State of Florida.  We offer a flexible Monday through Friday schedule – no evenings or weekends!  Set your own schedule!  You choose which days of the week you would like to work. As an Independent Contractor, compensation is based on productivity.  Plus, we reimburse a percentage of your Medical Liability Insurance!  You must possess and maintain active Medicare and Florida licenses. Interested?  Email CV to kgadmin@kghealthpartners.com
 
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Rapidly expanding company serving Skilled Nursing Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living Centers is looking for doctors for positions in Norwich, Schenectady and Cooperstown, NY and Southern New Jersey. Positions available immediately. Send inquiries and CV to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
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35 year general podiatric practice with emphasis on sports medicine & orthotics. Great location. Excellent growth potential. Certified EHR. Digital X-ray, Pinpointe Laser. All private insurances accepted. Will stay to transition. 561-247-1144. E-mail - victor195754@yahoo.com
 
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