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October 22, 2014 #5,196 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

What is your % of choice of Austin bunionectomy fixation techniques?
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AT THE COLLEGES
TUSPM Alumni President Helps Podiatrists with ICD-10 Coding
 
The Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) Alumni Association has taken new strides, under the guidance of President, Harris Klear, DPM ’71, to offer numerous comprehensive continuing medical education (CME) seminars to TUSPM alumni. “I feel that the current students have an enormous amount of debt when they graduate, and I think it’s important to use the seminars and workshops to help raise funds for scholarships,” said Dr. Klear. 
(L-R) Drs. Harris Klear and David Freedman
 
Earlier this year,  the Alumni Association hosted its first ICD-10 coding seminar for TUSPM alumni and faculty, raising over $5,000 towards the TUSPM Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund. Over the past five seminars, $160,000 was raised for student scholarships. The ICD-10 lecture was presented by David Freedman, DPM ’86, who currently serves as the team manager for ICD-10 at The American Podiatric Medical Association.  
 
Source: Strides [Fall 2014]

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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
UK Podiatrist Provides Some Shoe Wearing Tips
 
Podiatrist Beverley Ashdown says: "At this time of year, we see a noticeable rise in the number of women coming to us with plantar fasciitis and other equally painful conditions." If you follow some basic rules, you should be able to wear flat, unsupportive shoes without pain. Ashdown advises alternating flat shoes with other heel heights and styles of shoes. Problems tend to occur when we wear the same style of shoe day in, day out.
 
Beverley Ashdown
 
"Always look for shoes that tie up. Anything with buckles, laces, or Velcro straps is likely to offer a reasonable amount of support. If you walk to work, wear your trainers, then change into your flats when you reach the office," says Ashdown.
 
Source: Mandy Francis, Daily Mail [10/19/14]

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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
MD Podiatrist Joins Business Advisory Board
 
(L-R) Todd A. Baer, Dr. Mitesh Kothari, Dr. Todd Harrison, Kevin O’Leary, and Steve Michael.
 
Bank of Charles Town recently formed a business advisory board to guide its new Hagerstown and Washington County banking presence. The group is led by local businessman and entrepreneur Todd A. Baer, who owns Warehouse & Terminal Properties LLC. The other members include Dr. Mitesh Kothari, partner of Capital Women’s Care; Dr. Todd Harrison, owner of Podiatry Associates of Hagerstown; Kevin O’Leary with Coldwell Banker Innovations; Brad Fulton with AC&T; and Ted Reeder, who owns Tiger’s Eye Benefit Consultants, Inc. 
 
Source: Herald Media [10/19/14]

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Source for Orthoposer Springs
 
Our office uses the standard X-Cel x-ray orthoposer for foot and ankle x-rays. After 23 years of use, the spring which provides tension on the tube head arm has worn to the point that it allows the head to drift. It has been maximally tightened. The local x-ray repair person states these springs are no longer available. Does anyone know of a source for them?
 
Brad Shollenberger, DPM, Reading, PA
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Total Contact Cast Code
 
I know that the application code for a total contact cast is CPT 29445, but what code do you bill for the supplies? The rep we have been getting the supplies through advised us to use Q4050 (cast supplies, for unlisted types and materials of casts), but I see other doctors on Codingline are using Q4038 (cast supplies, short leg cast, adult [11 years +], fiberglass). Which code is the correct code? If you use Q4050, what would you put in box 19 for Medicare? 
 
Brittany, Billing, Office of Jan Tepper, DPM, Upland, CA
 
Response: You have two choices when it comes to the application of fiberglass because you did not state what plan is being billed. If the patient has Medicare, then your cast supply choice is Q4038 (cast supplies, short leg cast, adult [11 years +], fiberglass). If the patient has private insurance, you would bill A4590 (special casting material [e.g., fiberglass]). CPT 29445 nationally gets $139, Q4038 gets $37.55, and A4590 gets $? (depends on private carrier and the number of casting rolls used). 
 
Q4038 is described as "supplies", not "supply", so if more than one roll of fiberglass is used, Medicare only pays for a single (1) unit. For non-Medicare payers, typically, A4590 is a "per unit" charge, so more than one roll gets more than one unit. 
 
David J. Freedman, DPM, CPC, Silver Spring, MD
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLL)
From: Don Steinfeld, DPM,
 
I must be getting old! I didn't see my favorite fixation method as an alternative.  Alas, it is out of fashion. I favor Orthosorb absorbable pins. Disclaimer: I have no relation of any sort with the makers or sellers of this product. My rationale for why this is by far the choicest fixation for your next Austin is as follows:  The pins are only present for six weeks and then are gone. I have never had failure of or needed to remove a pin. This is a simpler method than screws and requires no antibiotic coverage.
 
I have used K-wires, buried them and had to remove them, and exposed, which creates a wound which carries other baggage. Although it's a little tricky to learn, Orthosorb is reliable, fast, and dependable. The only problem I ever had was putting a pin in too far once. That caused moderate discomfort plantarly until the pin dissolved in six weeks. My feeling is that plates and screws fit the ego more than the Austin. Sometimes old is good. 
 
Don Steinfeld, DPM, Farmingdale, NJ, footdrdon@aol.com

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Jeffrey Bowman, DPM, MS 
From: Jon Purdy, DPM
 
What a loss we have all suffered. Jeff was a great friend and advocate of podiatry. He always remained positive, even through to the end. He had a love of life and family, and was inspirational as a speaker and listener. We had many late night talks. He never complained, but rather, searched for ways to become better and improve the lives of those around him. I’m so glad our paths met. I will miss him greatly.
 
Jon Purdy, DPM,, New Iberia, LA

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Steven J. Kaniadakis, DPM
 
Dr. Lowell Scott Weil, Sr.'s comments remind us that our competitive athletic patients, and even the weekend warriors, need to be advised that their injury or post-operative healing period will be longer than the patient expects. Typically, these types of patients are ready to go back to their regular routine in several days or even weeks before the recommended down time from their sporting-related activities. So, we like to provide these sports-minded patients with a longer than customary recovery period for any given recovery. This helps these over-active patients with required compliance. Even the so-called "Type A" or executive-types require this practice tactic. I recall when I had to remove K-wires from a basketball player, and I discovered that he continued to play basketball with the K-wire in!
 
Steven J. Kaniadakis, DPM, St. Petersburg, FL owner@ametex101.com
MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

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RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Goes well with a Halloween flamingo costume?

Source: Jan Taminiau Haute Couture Shoes

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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PRACTICE FOR SALE - LONG ISLAND 
 
30+ year old practice located on a busy street. Referrals from Doctors, Senior residence and Hospital in the community. Neighborhood is very family oriented.  Good mix of general podiatry, sports injuries, DME; seniors, working population and children. Please contact: drlschwartz@hotmail.com.
 
FLORIDA-BASED PODIATRY PRACTICE FOR SALE 
 
Asking Price $360,000 includes equipment. Profitable. State-of-the-Art Medical Office Suite. Established Patient Base. Modern Podiatric Equipment. Prime Location – close to beaches. Historical Revenues - $ 580,000 Range. Physician willing to transition W/new ownership. Real estate available. Contact  emery@aberdeenadvisors.com 
 
FELLOWSHIP/PRECEPTORSHIP – TAMPA BAY AREA 
  
We are offering an informal one week Fellowship/Preceptorship, leading to an associateship in 2015. This a well-established, multi-doctor practice in the Tampa Bay area. Preference to PSR 24+/Florida license. High-tech, EMR, digital x-rays, sports medicine, surgery. No NH/HMOs. Excellent hospital privileges available. C.V. to dpmfc@tampabay.rr.com 
 
ASC STAFF PRIVILEGES AVAILABLE - NEW JERSEY 
 
Fair Lawn ASC (ambulatory surgical center) is accepting applications for staff privileges. NJ license needed. Patient transportation available in the tri state area.  Equity buy-in available. Call 516 476-1815 PODO2345@AOL.COM.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEW YORK CITY  
 
Podiatrist wanted Full or Part-time in New York City. Podiatrist must be willing to travel to several different locations and a very hard worker. Please send  email  tonypod123@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BRIDGEVIEW, IL 
 
Seeking a highly motivated Podiatrist for a part-time position (two to three days a week) mainly performing home visits, with potential for growth. Transportation, equipment, and a medical assistant are provided to assist the podiatrist.  Call 708-477-6512 or email podiatry_123@yahoo.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MICHIGAN  
 
Professional Foot & Ankle Centers of Davison and Lapeer is seeking personable and self-motivated associate(s) looking to build a career and long-term relationship/partnership.  Must have PM&S 36 or equivalent training with a good work ethic and strong surgical skills.  ER call and affiliation with a major wound care center is available.  Modern offices with EMR and a fantastic staff.  Competitive salary, bonus, benefits.  E-mail CV with cover letter to: contactus@professionalfoot.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PART TIME – NEW JERSEY 
 
Very busy practice is seeking a PT associate in the Toms River, NJ area. Office is state of the art with electronic EHR, digital x-rays, ultrasound and fully trained medical assistants. High RNC.  Must have great people skills, bedside manner, and positive demeanor. Please email toesec@aol.com.  Looking for associate to start ASAP.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – OH 
 
If you are…a “Buckeye” at heart & want to practice in a small town in the fastest growing county in Ohio; an achiever and know how to work hard for your goals. If you want your patients to know you personally and call you by your first name. to work with 3 podiatrists who deliver quality care with compassion and continually strive to improve; to join a stable thriving practice experiencing increased revenues of 66% in the past 5 years. Send your CV to
footandanklewellnesscenter@gmail.com 2nd year residents welcome to apply.
 
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 December 2014 is next exam date. Above average salary and benefits. Please send Letter of Interest and CV to scdpmjobs@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SEATTLE WA AREA
 
General podiatry practice with offices in Kirkland, Everett and Renton seeking an associate. Must be board qualified or certified by ABFAS. Must be self-motivated, Office is state of art with EHR, digital x-ray, ultrasound, laser. Salary with bonus and benefits. Email resume with cover letter:seattlefootdoctor@yahoo.com
 
INDIANAPOLIS-BASED PODIATRY GROUP SEEKING FULL-TIME HOSPITALIST PODIATRIST 
 
Very busy established practice has an immediate position available for a full-time hospital on-call podiatrist. We service two of the largest hospital organizations in Indianapolis and are in need of a hospital podiatrist to manage a high volume call schedule with 2 office clinic days per week. PSR-24 Required. Base salary plus commission, benefits and malpractice included. Contact Marla Watson, Practice Manager: marlakwatson@aol.com.
 
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