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February 28, 2017 #5,872 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

How many podiatry-related organizations do you belong to?
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PODIATRISTS AND DIABETES
NY Podiatrist Provides Shoe-Buying Tips for Diabetics 
 
Shoes that are too big can be as bad as shoes that are too tight. “If the shoe’s too big, your foot will rock in there and you’ll get blisters,” explains Michael Trepal, DPM, vice president for academic affairs at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Manhattan.
 
Dr. Michael Trepal
 
While you can still wear high heels on rare occasions, these shoes concentrate your weight in the front of the foot, which can lead to skin breakdown and ulcerations. “The more you can spread out and disperse your weight across the foot, the better,” says Dr. Trepal.
 
Source: Nuna Alberts, Health Monitor [2/25/17]
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PODIATRISTS AND RESEARCH
Two-Thirds of Clinicians Lack Knowledge of Charcot Foot: Study 
 
Among the lesser-known diabetic conditions is Charcot neuroarthropathy. "It is a rare foot condition that can cause significant deformity, disability, and may lead to ulcerations and infections if it is not caught early in the disease process," says Brian Schmidt, DPM, clinical instructor in internal medicine and member of the podiatry team at Michigan Medicine. Commonly known as a Charcot foot and/or ankle, the effects can be debilitating.
 
Dr. Brian Schmidt
 
Schmidt is the lead author on a new study, published in Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology, that investigated how much non-foot-specialist clinicians know about the condition in an effort to understand how to better focus future educational forums on the topic. Of the 400 endocrinologists, internal medicine physicians and family medicine physicians who responded to a survey, more than two-thirds of respondents -- 67.6 percent -- described themselves as having poor or complete lack of knowledge of Charcot neuroarthropathy. 
 
Source: Michigan Medicine [2/23/17]
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ACFAS NEWS
VA Podiatrst Becomes President of ACFAS
 
Laurence G. Rubin, DPM, FACFAS, took office today as the 66th president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), a national association of more than 7,400 foot and ankle surgeons, during the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas.
 
Dr. Laurence Rubin
 
The 75th Annual ACFAS Scientific Conference, the largest educational meeting for foot and ankle surgeons in the U.S., draws attendees from around the world to discuss the most current techniques and technology for treatment of deformities, diseases, and injuries of the foot and ankle.
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SUCCESS TIPS FROM THE MASTERS
Bret Ribotsky: As a 3rd year student, how would you feel if at the end of your training, you were given an MD instead of a DPM degree?
 
William McGlone
 
William McGlone: I do not feel that the training we are receiving today would prepare us for this degree.  
 
Drs. Chesahna Kindred and Joel Morse
 
Meet the Masters is broadcast each Tuesday Night at 9 PM (EST). This week's program will feature dermatologist Chesahna Kindred, MD, MBA and podiatrist Joel Morse, DPMYou can register for a future event by clicking here
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FROM PM's CURRENT ISSUE
Twice 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
12 Ways Physicians Can Maintain Sanity - Part 6
 
In pursuit of offering expert and effective patient care, physicians sometimes shortchange their own health and then discover, too late, that the path back to healthy living is quite challenging. Why not offer great care and maintain your sanity as well as health?
 
Here are 12 tiny changes you can put into practice now to maintain and/or improve your health:
 
11. Visualize a pleasant scene from your past, such as a meadow, a brook, and a magnificent tree.
 
12. If you can get out of a restaurant without having dessert, you're ahead for several reasons. First, it costs you less. Second, the portions will tend to be larger than you might otherwise serve yourself. And third, you really have no control over the amount of sugars and fats that comprise your dessert. You may not much have control at home or elsewhere either, but you have absolutely no control in the restaurant, in most cases. Unless, of course, you ask for a no-sugar or non-fat dessert.
 
Source: Jeff Davidson, Physicians Practice [2/17/17]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Ulcer Debridement
 
We have a patient with a pressure ulcer of the left heel, stage 3; and a pressure ulcer, stage 3, left foot. The doctor debrided both open wounds. Can I bill CPT 97597 for each wound?
 
Kim Stalter, Normal, IL
 
Response: Wounds are not coded individually. They are coded based upon “aggregate size” of the similarly debrided (level) codes anywhere on the body. For example, CPT 97597 is based on “first 20 sq cm or less”. So, if one wound measures 5 sq cm and the other 10 sq cm, the total would be 15 sq cm. You would bill that under a single code (CPT 97597). If the selective debridement exceeded 20 sq cms, you would bill CPT 97597 and CPT 97598 (an add-on code).
 
If one wound was selectively debrided and the other excisionally debrided (CPT 1104x), you would bill two codes based on the type of tissue debrided (and documented).
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: Paul Busman, DPM, RN, Richard Rettig, DPM
 
I totally agree that it is discriminatory for Merz not to sell Radiesse to podiatrists, and especially having their reps imply that podiatrists are not "real doctors". However, why on Earth would a podiatrist even want to use this product? Are foot wrinkles really a pressing problem? 
 
Paul Busman, DPM, RN, Frederick MD
 
I never heard of Radiesse, so I Googled it. It is FDA-approved for augmentation of the hands. We are not licensed to treat the hands. So, I think that would be an absolute legal impediment for it to be sold to a podiatrist. You cannot use it off-label if you are legally prevented from using it on-label. Not everything is discrimination!
 
Richard Rettig, DPM, Philadelphia, PA
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS)
From: Mark Phelps
 
I highly suggest any podiatrist and/or physician who performs surgery in the scope of any ASC and/or hospital to look into the SurgiStim and NeuroStim. The SurgiStim is an exciting breakthrough in non-narcotic post-op pain management. The NeuroStim is being used with chronic pain and neuropathy patients. Study after study is demonstrating the efficacy of using both devices over similar products in double-blind, placebo controlled studies. I have attached a synopsis of many research studies done on these products. Additionally, these are covered by most private insurers.
 
Disclosure: I currently educate and distribute these devices to a variety of physicians, including podiatrists. 
 
Mark Phelps, President, Partner Marketing
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - MANHATTAN, FINANCIAL DISTRICT/ WEST SIDE 20s-50s  
 
We have been engaged to search for a practice/provider seeking to sell. Key characteristics include: willingness to transition for 90 to 150 days, long term lease for space, established patient base with consistent schedule.  All inquiries confidential. Contact nyesdpm@gmail.com to find out more.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - CALIFORNIA: NORTHERN 
 
Wanting to retire. Looking for someone to take over practice. Great opportunity. Ready patient base. Potential to expand in all areas of podiatry.  Awesome area - lakes, mountains, rivers - especially appealing to outdoor enthusiast/anyone who enjoys beautiful locale.  $285,000 buys building and well established practice. Email reddingpodiatry@sbcglobal.net
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 
 
Midmark 623 Exam Table/Chair with stool, absolute mint condition, never used. Also available are Biomedix PADnet arterial/venous testing device and Noveon Nail Laser machine. Serious inquiries only. Please contact nefootandankle@optonline.net.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION- KENTUCKY 
 
Immediate opening for well trained, compassionate physician for busy clinic in southern Kentucky. Wide range of services to be offered with several ancillary services.  Generous base salary with incredible bonus opportunity/full benefits. Partnership opportunity within two years.  Email CV and letter of interest to: kypodjob@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – CALIFORNIA 
 
Central Valley/Southern CA. Seeking associate with partnership availability. Must be highly motivated and have good patient skills and personality.  Salary excellent with all paid benefits/incentives including malpractice/401k and profit sharing. Compassionate and well-trained for immediate position. Surgery Center and hospital based with no HMOs/no rest homes. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred. Offering a permanent position/partnership in a multi-million dollar hi-tech practice with Partnership also in Surgery center. Please e-mail CV and short biography to: Tonya@wetreatyourfeet.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. LOUIS, MO 
 
Expanding group practice seeks full-time podiatrist to join our team, we have state of the art facilities with EHR, lasers, EPAT, digital x-ray, etc.  Candidates must have completed a PSR/36 residency and be well-trained, ethical and collegial. Competitive salary with incentives and benefits. If interested, please Contact CHARLENEW@FACSTL.COM.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE 
 
Multi-doctor Podiatric practice looking for a full time Associate to support growing patient demand. Candidates must be highly motivated, team oriented, hardworking and exhibit excellent bedside manner. Competitive salary (base +bonus) offered with benefits.  Must be actively seeking Board Qualification or already be Board Qualified or Board Certified. Send CV to roberttilley19@comcast.net.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
South Carolina's largest provider of foot care is a multi-doctor, multi-location practice currently seeking a highly skilled, personable, and hardworking physician to join our TEAM. South Carolina License is necessary and next exam is June 2017.  Starting Compensation package $120k-$140k (base + bonus), health insurance, paid vacation, CME allowance, and retirement. Please send Letter of Interest and CV to: scdpmjobs@gmail.com
 
IMMEDIATE ASSOCIATE OPPORTUNITY – CHICAGO 
 
Multi-location group-Chicago/Near West Suburbs - Opening for ABFAS Board Certified/Qualified associate for Chicago. Surgical/ortho patient load. No nursing homes. Must hit the door running! EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound, shockwave, surgery center & amazing support staff. Benefits available, associateship available for the right doc. Send CV to chicagopodwork@gmail.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - IN, TN, TX, MO, KS, WI
 
Preferred Podiatry Group is seeking providers to join our growing practice servicing long term care facilities in several areas.  We offer a competitive commission based income as well as a benefits packaged to our employed podiatrists. Full-time and part-time positions are available.  Contact Dr. Chris Kestner at ckestner@ppgpc.com for details.
 
SALES SUPPORT ASSOCIATE – BAKO INTEGRATED PHYSICIAN SOLUTIONS
 
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2017 GRADUATE ASSOCIATE POSITION - LONG ISLAND  
 
Expanding Long Island based, well rounded group practice seeks 2017 third and fourth year graduating residents or fellows to join our state-of-the-art practices. Our practices are affiliated with multiple hospital systems, surgical and wound care centers and a residency program. Requirements: Caring, ethical, board qualified/certified candidates with surgical training and leadership qualities who are willing to live/relocate to the Long Island, NY metro area. Email CV to: Drbrook@countryfootcare.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – TAMPA BAY, FL 
 
Well-established mobile podiatric practice has a territory opening in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida! This mobile based position is Monday thru Friday, no nights or weekends. Our physicians must maintain active Medicare and Florida licenses.  We offer outstanding work-life balance, malpractice insurance and exceptional benefits (health, paid holidays, vacation, 401K retirement plan with company match). Get back to practicing medicine! CHS provides you with a Medical Assistant, Schedule Coordinator, and Experienced Podiatric Biller. First year six figure salary guaranteed with RVU bonus structure after 90-days!  Most doctors earn over $150,000!  Join our fun, fast-growing company and email your CV to psojobs@chsamerica.com!
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - HARTFORD COUNTY, CT
 
Well-established, busy podiatric practice seeking a candidate who is dedicated, hardworking, motivated with an excellent bedside manner. The practice sees all age groups and all aspects of podiatry from simple to complex. Seeking a long-term team player dedicated to patient care and has the ability to work independently. Send CV to ct_footdoc@yahoo.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION PART-TIME -SOUTHERN NJ  
 
PT position for a motivated, positive personality, board qualified/certified podiatrist. 20 hours/week. Email: BestfootcareNJ@gmail.com
 
FELLOWSHIP IN FOOT AND ANKLE RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY AND TRAUMA - FORT MYERS, FL 
 
Orthopedic Center of Florida (Multispecialty Orthopedic Group) – Director: Dr. Andrew M. Belis. Emphasis: ankle and rearfoot trauma, extensive arthroscopy, flatfoot, complex forefoot/rearfoot revision surgical training, research, practice management. Start date: August 1st 2017. Salary: $50K + full benefits + CME.  Submit request for application to: OCFFELLOWSHIP@OCFLA.NET; FL License and ABFAS Board Qualification required. Deadline for application is March 6th.
 
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