Query: Source for PDM Chair Reconditioning and Parts
I am looking to have several PDM chairs reconditioned and purchase several new or used PDM foot pedals or have a few PDM pedals repaired. Any ideas?
David Bernstein, DPM
Query: Accepting Medicare Assignment
I have resisted accepting assignment with Medicare patients for 32 years BUT the competition now is much greater. Where I live there are 3 ortho foot and ankle physicians and 10 or so podiatrists. I find myself in a cash flow problem due to low patient load and am considering changing my practice to accept Medicare assignment.
I have heard points in favor of staying out like from derm and plastics as well as points in favor of accepting assignment. I thought I would get the opinion of some of my colleagues in both camps.
Tip Sullivan, DPM, Jackson, MS
Query: Source for Apus PXP-15HF X-Ray System White Cap
I have the Apus PXP-15HF X-ray system and unfortunately the company that sold me the podiatric unit is out of business. I need a copy of White Cap, as we do not have the original disk. Does anyone know where I can purchase a copy?
Elliot Diamond, DPM
Query: Call Center For Practices
Does anyone know of a reliable company offering a call center for practices?
Hal Ornstein, DPM, Howell, NJ
Query: Venture Capital Groups or Companies Buying Podiatric Practices
Are there any venture capital groups or companies buying podiatric practices? I’m selling my practice and office condominium in Pennsylvania.
Query: Physician Online Reviews
The multi-dimensional nature of this topic notwithstanding, I wonder if there are any parallels that can be drawn between the collective-sociological analysis of the public’s online social media commentary of our medical institutions’ exam/assessment/plan for managing the current pandemic and the individual-psychological analysis of a patient's online commentary of their doctor’s exam/assessment/plan for their particular medical condition? If so, does this mean anything in a practical context?
Robert Creighton, DPM, Tampa Bay, FL
Query: Traumeel Injection Alternative
I have successfully used Traumeel as an inflammatory injection to the posterior calcaneus for years. Unfortunately, it is no longer available. Can Sarapin be used for tendons, etc.? Does anyone have an alternative since obviously cortisone is contraindicated?
Olga Luepschen, DPM, Sebring, FL
Query: No Cost Windows-Based Dictation System?
I have been using Dragon version 12 with my EHR for several years now. I have to upgrade my laptop and it seems that Nuance, the maker of Dragon software, is saying that the only version of their product that I can use with my EHR is Medical One, which requires a monthly fee. Does anyone recommend another Windows-based dictation system besides Dragon that does not have monthly fees?
John Scholl, DPM, Lady Lake, FL
Query: Best Review Site for Part III of National Boards
What is the best review site for practice questions regarding candidates who want to study for Part III of the national boards?
Dan Chaskin, DPM, Ridgewood, NY
Query: Recommendations for Nail Drill with Vacuum
Can anyone help me find a good nail drill with vacuum?
Jill Hagen, DPM, Englewood, NJ
Query: Alternative to Forma-Ray for Wart Treatment
Forma-Ray has been discontinued from Gordon labs. Does anyone know of a similar product that is available that can be used in place of this discontinued item, especially for wart treatment?
Allan S Wax, DPM, Chester, VA
Editor's note: Forma-Ray was discontinued because it contained formaldehyde. Gordon Labs sells Gordofilm for warts which contains 17% salicylic acid.
Query: CareRay Digital X-Ray System
I am considering a CareRay digital x-ray system and would like to know of other practitioners' experiences with this system.
Stanley J. Zawada, DPM, Whitestone, NY
Query: Source for Reasonably-Priced Injectable Steroids
Does anyone know where I can purchase reasonably-priced injectable steroids such as dexamethasone 4mg/ml? All my suppliers are sold out or are charging ridiculous prices. I understand supply and demand, but this is crazy. With the prices the way they are, injections are a losing proposition..
Barrett E Sachs, DPM, Plantation, FL
How the Onyfix is working out for those that have utilized it? Any feedback on # of treatments, patient satisfaction, patient cost, etc. would be appreciated.
David Kahan, DPM, Sacramento, CA
Query: Shoes for Parkinson's Disease Patients
One of my patients has Parkinson's disease-like symptoms with a shuffling gait. He has almost fallen many times because his shoes "catch". Can anyone recommend any shoes that are better for a shuffling gait of Parkinson's disease? AFOs are not an option at this time.
Catherine Yack, DPM, Huntsville, AL
Query: Dermadry for Hyperhydrosis
Does anyone have experience with Dermadry for hyperhydrosis? What is its efficacy?
Bruce Pinker, DPM, White Plains, NY
Query: Source for Cold Sterilization Product
I am trying to find out what other podiatry practices are using in their cold sterilization trays in their treatment rooms since Benz-All is no longer available.
Thomas E Curd, DPM, New Bern, NC
Query: LET Topical Gel
I am curious to know if any of the PM News readership is using LET Topical Gel? The formula is: Lidocaine HCl 4% / epinephrine HCl 0.05% / Tetracaine HCl 0.5%. It is relatively expensive at $10/syringe with a 10 syringe minimum order and it must be refrigerated.
Pete Harvey, DPM, Wichita Falls, TX
Query: Oral Surgeon Model for Podiatry?
In reviewing posts about our profession’s future, I have not noticed a post on the possibility of a DPM/MD using the oral surgeon model. Could this be a possibility for parity that uses several of our schools that share campuses with existing medical schools?
Phil Culliton, DPM, Tonawanda, NY
Query: Recommendation for Inexpensive Voice Recognition Software
Are there any suggestions for voice recognition for office note dictation? We have been using Dragon and are happy with the product but it is getting very costly. Are there any comparable systems that aren't as expensive?
Jeff Worman, DPM, Largo, FL
Query: Upgrading to a Cloud-Based Digital X-Ray System
We have a CR digital x-ray system. We are told the support is no longer available and now have to upgrade to a cloud-based system. The price quoted is around 25K per office. I would like to hear from my colleagues as to their experience with this.
Ed DosRemedios, DPM, Providence, RI
Query: Revised Notice of Reporting to HRSA
I recently received an email from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) about new reporting requirements for recipients of provider relief payments. Does anyone know what this is about? Is this for PPP loans, SBA grants, or any other monies received due to the pandemic?
Edward S. Orman, DPM, Perry Hall, MD
Query: Availability of 10% NaOH for Matrixectomies
What is the current availability of 10% NaOH for matrixectomies? I have been buying this from two suppliers. Neither source has the product available and there is no timeline for availability.
Greg Caringi, DPM, Lansdale, PA
Query: Source to Reupholster Podiatry Chairs
Can anyone recommend somebody or a company that recovers podiatry chairs in Bergen county NJ?
Wayne Feldman, DPM, Fair Lawn, NJ
Query: Recommendation for Podiatry Chairs and Hydrotherapy Units
Can anyone recommend someone who fixes podiatry equipment such as podiatry chairs and hydrotherapy units in the NYC/Long Island area?
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY