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March 07, 2015 #5,315 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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IN YOUR MAILBOX SOON

We've just mailed the March 2015 issue of Podiatry Management. This special issue features our cover story "Banding Together for Practice Success".  This is our annual practice survey issue. In addition, you'll  find our usual assortment of features, including our columns, and a CPME-approved CME.

March 2015 Podiatry Management

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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 1
Our Biggest Challenge is Explaining What We Do: FL Podiatrist
 
When Dr. Stephen Levin was younger, he wanted to be an architect. He even studied it in college. But then, his career path changed. The 44-year-old has been a podiatrist for 16 years. In addition to having a successful practice, New Tampa Foot & Ankle, the Wesley Chapel resident has been elected the 2015 president of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA). As president, Levin said he’d like to focus on increasing membership and adding younger members to the roster.
 
Dr. Stephen Levin
 
The FPMA has around 1,000 active podiatrists in its membership, as well as past members and others who have reasons to join. But to those outside the organization, Levin would like to spread the word that a podiatrist can do more than the general public probably realizes. “Some people don’t know the full scope of what we do. That’s probably the biggest thing we have to overcome," says Levin. 
 
Source: Michael Murillo, The Laker/Lutz News [3/4/15]

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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 2
NY Podiatrist to be Honored By Town Of Hempstead With Pathfinder Award
 
Podiatrist Dr. Mary Carlson is being honored on March 10th by The Town of Hempstead and its supervisor Kate Murray with a prestigious Pathfinder Award in the category of Business. The Pathfinder Award honors local women who have excelled in their careers, the arts, education, and volunteer activities, among other areas.  
 
Dr. Mary Carlson
 
Dr. Carlson is the founder of Shoes For All, a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and distributing new and gently worn shoes for individuals in need in the community. She was nominated by Councilman Gary Hudes and is slated to accept her Pathfinder Award from town supervisor Kate Murray at a town hall ceremony on Tuesday March 10th.  

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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
Flats Not Always the Sensible Choice: IL Podiatrist
 
For many women, sensible, comfortable flats are a wardrobe staple. Despite the shoes’ popularity, however, some experts have a warning. They say some types of flats can lead to a host of potential health problems, including toe infection, that could even require surgery. Dr. Marlene Reid, a podiatrist and spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, said, “It's funny because so many women think they're better off wearing flats than heels, but in reality … flats can be worse than heels 100 times over.” 
 
Dr. Marlene Reid
 
But you don’t have to get rid of flats altogether from your wardrobe. Experts say you should wear flats with rounded or square-shaped toes. It gives toes wiggle room and alleviates pressure on the big toe. “Flats come in all different styles, all different types, all different construction,” Reid said. “There are flats that are more flimsy than what we consider regular flats.”
 
source: Good Morning America (ABC) [3/4/15] 

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HEALTHCARE NEWS
U.S. Faces 90,000 Doctor Shortage by 2025: Report
 
The United States faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025, including a critical need for specialists to treat an aging population that will increasingly live with chronic disease, the association that represents medical schools and teaching hospitals reported Tuesday. The nation's shortage of primary care physicians has received considerable attention in recent years, but the Association of American Medical Colleges report predicts that the greatest shortfall, on a percentage basis, will be in the demand for surgeons — especially those who treat diseases more common to older people, such as cancer.
 
In addition to the growing and aging population, full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in all 50 states would increase demand for doctors as more people are covered by insurance. But Obamacare's impact will be small — just 2 percent of the projected growth in demand, the organization said. The supply of doctors also will grow but not nearly as quickly as the need, officials said.
 
Source: Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post [3/3/15]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Terry L Musselman, DPM
From: Donald W Adams, DPM
 
On Monday March 2, 2015 Dr. Terry Musselman passed away suddenly. Dr Musselman was a classmate of mine at PCPM, graduating in 1983. Anyone who knew Terry couldn't help but like him; he was kind, gentle, with a great sense of humor. He was very involved in his local Lions Club as well as at the national and international levels, and had traveled extensively for them.
 
Dr. Terry Musselman
 
Son, brother, uncle, doctor, statesman, explorer, and friend - he touched thousands of lives. Those of us who knew and loved him, grieve deeply. The candle was blown out far too soon; a piece of our hearts pass with him. We will cherish every memory when he walked with us. Godspeed Terry.
 
Donald W Adams, DPM, Framingham, MA

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Matt Loudis, DPM, Daniel Grapel, DPM
 
Generic terbinafine costs nine bucks for a one month supply at WalMart. When I dispense the script, I advise the patient to shop around, but this seems to be the best deal. Thus, I am saved from another call to an insurance company, and preserve my sanity for one more day. 
 
Matt Loudis, DPM, Reading, PA
 
Dr. Kass - indeed the status of the small medical practice is getting worse by the day. Personally, I DID reach  the point of no return where I spend  more and more time on getting into the approval game. In my honest opinion, the small practice of ANY type can no longer survive. Of course, there always will be  some exceptions, but generally if you do not join a large group, or better yet, are bought by a hospital, your future is bleak. I plan to close my practice in a matter of a year. I  suspect that this comment may  generate some harsh response, but I see what is happening to some high end specialists who have succumbed to the current destructive medical reality. I would  never have thought to admit that socialized medicine is a lesser evil, but now my opinion has changed drastically changed!
 
Daniel Grapel, DPM, Bayside, NY

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Robert Wunderlich, DPM
 
I agree with the sentiments expressed by Drs. Deutsch and Kass: the policies that those of us in private practice have been forced to endure are indeed mindless. Or are they? I have come to the conclusion that the entities responsible for mitigating healthcare costs approached the problem in a way that minimized initial backlash by patients and providers, but has nonetheless helped accomplish their goal of reducing utilization. Unfortunately, the end result has been aggravating for both providers and patients.
  
Consider this: how would one reduce healthcare expenditures?  The two most obvious solutions would be to: a) increase insurance premiums, or b) decrease provider reimbursement per procedure. Both of these solutions would have resulted in immediate backlash from patients and providers. Instead, payers have taken a more nefarious approach: create a situation where providers become so mired in regulations that they are forced to see fewer patients per day, thus reducing expenditures for a given period of time. Their methods for doing this are obvious: mandating cumbersome EHR regulations, pre-authorization for procedures and medications, needlessly cumbersome Local Carrier Determinations, post-payment audits, revalidation requests, and on and on. To me, the salient point is obvious: the healthcare insurance industry has become a bigger political priority than healthcare itself.
 
Robert Wunderlich, DPM, San Antonio, TX

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1C
From: Paul Kruper, DPM
 
The local physicians here are contracting as employees at a reimbursement rate of $55 per patient with no benefits, no overhead, and no surgery headaches with multiple job offers. 30 patients/day provides a salary of $429,000. Keep the 3 year residency and give me an allopathic license and I will send all my bunions to the podiatrist willing to do surgery for $300. I continue to be amazed at the number of podiatrists who want to be surgeons so bad they will work for free.
 
Paul Kruper DPM, Kingsburg, CA

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEW STORIES)
From: Robert Scott Steinberg, DPM
 
Who has written to their congressman and senator regarding our HELLPP Act? The APMA has made it very easy through eAdvocacy. What's anyone's excuse to not do it? It does NOT matter if their elected congressman or senator is a member of "the other party"! It's put-up or shut-up, time. 
 
Robert Scott Steinberg, DPM, Schaumburg, IL

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CLASSIFIED ADS
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA
 
Group practice seeking personable well trained podiatrist. ABFAS Qualified/Certified. Must be motivated with excellent clinical, charting and surgical skills – comfortable with all aspects of podiatry including limb salvage and flatfoot reconstruction. Practice has all modern conveniences and experienced support staff. Send email of intent (subject: New Associate) with CV: 1footassociate@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE WANTED  - SOUTH FLORIDA
 
South FL group hiring ABFAS RRA BC or BQ surgeon to join our expanding team. All aspect of podiatric care required. Immediate associate position. ER, hospital call, rounds and office work.  Must be able to handle complicated RRA cases, frames, trauma, etc. R U the Superstar that we require? klamdpm@hotmail.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CT (NORTH HAVEN AND FAIRFIELD)
 
Join one of the largest podiatric groups in Connecticut. Well-established and progressive offices, including EMR, digital x-ray, vascular and NCV studies, Pinpointe and CO2 lasers, diagnostic ultrasound and electrical stimulation therapy. You can expect a full schedule of patients the day you start, and a very competitive salary. For more info www.greatfootcare.com. Send resume to: Dr.Kassaris@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTH JERSEY -IMMEDIATE OPENING 
 
45 min from Philadelphia-Excellent opportunity for a full time, surgically trained podiatrist to join a busy well rounded practice including surgery, wound care, and sports medicine.  Must be highly motivated, personable, and have good communication skills. Affiliated with hospital residency program. Opportunity for future buy-in/partnership.  Send CV to footdoc765@gmail.com.  
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NORTH CAROLINA
 
Join a very busy practice fully integrated in a large tertiary teaching hospital. Applicant should be ethical, personable, hardworking, and committed to quality patient care. Competitive salary with bonus & full benefits. Associate position can lead to partnership. Send curriculum vitae to jcmooredpm@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION LEADING TO PARTNERSHIP-  NORTHERN VIRGINIA
 
Well established high volume  Podiatric Surgical practice seeking associate to join 4 doctor/2 office opportunity. Excellent salary plus incentives and great benefits. All Board Certified Fellow Podiatric Surgeons highly respected in the medical community. Prefer forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive surgical trained practitioners only. Please email CV and references to medical622@aol.com. If you are seeking a position in July 2015 when you finish your residency, this is an opportunity you should investigate.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION -  KANSAS CITY 
 
You're not looking for a typical podiatry practice. We're not looking for the typical podiatrist. We need another doctor who understands the importance of creating an amazing patient experience as much as providing great medical care. You will be working with doctors who are committed to your success. If you are an entrepreneurial-minded doctor who wants to grow and eventually own part of an already successful practice, go to: www.YourFutureInPodiatry.com for full details.
 
IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR DPM - WASHINGTON DC 
 
Active DC License required now. Foot and Ankle Associates of Washington is growing. All facets of podiatry including office, ER, hospital surgery, and nursing homes. We are in three offices in the DC area. Applicants should be PSR-24/36. Competitive salary. Significant patient flow. EMR. Opportunity to get cases for boards. Hospital based practice. Must be board qualified. Come grow with us. Send CV and references to DCMDfootdoc@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NAPLES, FLORIDA 
 
Great opportunity for PSR- 24/36 BE/BC podiatrist with strong surgical skills to join multi-office, multi-doctor practice. Hospital privileges available at 648 bed hospital system, 200-bed hospital system and multiple surgical centers. We rotate for ER call at all 4 hospitals. Candidate needs to be ethical and motivated. Established practitioner or new practitioner OK. Salary and bonus based on skills and experience, benefits including 401K. Current Florida license a plus. This a wonderful world class community. Email CV to Drgordon@gulfcoastfootcare.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEW YORK CITY
 
Immediate opening in New York City. Compensation is productivity-based with high guaranteed income and patients scheduled from day 1. Partnership opportunity for a highly motivated and entrepreneurial podiatrist. Send CV to: podiatry053@gmail.com
 
IMMEDIATE BUYING OPPORTUNITY IN CHICAGO 
 
Well-rounded medical/surgical practice; turn-key operation with ongoing schedule. will consider partnership for right person. Please respond to: chipod12@yahoo.com 
 
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