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September 19, 2018 #6,278 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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ANNUAL SURVEY NOW ONLINE - WIN VALUABLE PRIZES
Congratulations to Dr. Thurman Lanier of Fond du Lac, WI, winner of last week's prize of 2 night's stay with breakfast at the Hyatt Regency by Mall of America. We encourage you to participate in this year's important annual survey. Completing this anonymous survey provides us with valuable data, which we will publish in the March 2019 issue of Podiatry Management. It also makes you eligible to win thousands of dollars of valuable prizes. Enter by completing this confidential survey and providing your e-mail address in the comments section on the last page of the survey. The earlier you enter, the more chances you have to win.
 
This week's prize
 
 
This is also your opportunity to vote for the next DPM and non-DPM inductees into the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame.
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 1
TN Podiatrist Discusses Bone Spurs
 
“A bone spur on its own does not cause pain,” said R. Brent Harbin, DPM, a podiatrist with Tennova Foot and Ankle. “However, depending on the size and location of the spur, it can interact with nearby structures like tendons, nerves, or other bones, which can result in acute pain and loss of motion.”  
 
Dr. R. Brent Harbin
 
According to Dr. Harbin, joint damage from osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of bone spurs. “As arthritis breaks down the cartilage cushioning the edges of your bones, your body attempts to repair the loss by growing bone spurs in the damaged area. Other potential causes and risk factors include overuse of a joint, obesity, genetic bone problems, conditions like gout or lupus, and spinal stenosis,” he said.
 
Source: Citizen Tribune [9/18/18]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 2
GA Podiatrist Discusses How to Avoid Getting Calluses
 
According to Ramona Brooks, DPM, a podiatrist and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are a range of precautions you can take to avoid developing calluses. First make sure you have an adequate fitting shoe, advises Brooks. “You don’t want a shoe that’s too large where the foot is moving around,” she said. “That causes areas of friction and rubbing and that’s how you end up developing a blister that later can develop into a callus.”
 
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Dr. Brooks also recommends avoiding pointy-toe shoes in favor or styles with a roomier rounded or squared toe box, lessening the chances of feet rubbing against the interior of the toe area. Moisturizing your feet is another way to help prevent the thickening of roughened skin, according to Brooks, coupled with regular exfoliation with a pumice stone or file. Thickening of the skin is the body’s way to protect itself from friction at pressure points.
 
Source: Barbara Schneider-Levy, Footwear News [9/9/18]
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN THE NEWS
NY Podiatrist Recommends 2-Pronged Approach to Treat Athletes Foot
 
So called because it often affects those who wear sweaty, smelly shoes for long hours, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that develops on the skin between toes (and looks and feels itchy and even slimy). While it isn’t difficult to treat, it definitely isn’t pleasant.
 
And because athlete’s foot is often linked to toenail fungus — podiatrist Paul I. Belitz, DPM explains that bacteria, fungus, and viral pathogens from one part of the foot can easily contaminate and re-infect another area if left untreated — it’s helpful to use a two-pronged approach that will treat toe fungus, as well. He says that anyone who isn’t willing to see a specialist should at least try something like Gold Mountain Beauty’s Total Foot Care line — which sells a fungal nail eliminator — especially if you’re diabetic and more prone to serious foot problems.
 
Source: Lori Keong, New York Magazine [9/13/18]
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PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW
FL Podiatrist Charged with Sexual Battery on a Child
 
A Bay County doctor is facing charges after deputies say he sexually battered a child. Bay County Sheriff's Deputies say they responded to a local hospital Sunday night about a child who claimed she had been sexually assaulted. The child told investigators Dr. Daniel Feitz sexually molested her and exposed himself while at her home. Dr. Feitz is a local podiatrist in Panama City. Deputies say they made contact with Feitz, 56, of Southport, and he declined to speak. 
 
Source: WJHG [9/17/18]
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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
Get Your Website to the Top of Google Rankings — and Stay There - Part 4
 
Here are two initial ways to boost your search results:
  • Make sure Google indexes your healthcare website. You can check this by typing your website, www.yourdomain.com, into the Google search box. If you see your website’s pages, this means Google has indexed your website and will continue to crawl it for updates. However, if your practice’s website does not appear in search results, you must get it indexed.
  • Google only displays websites that are relevant to the keywords being searched, so your website content must be related to relevant keywords. For example, a physician’s practice in Phoenix could include what services are offered (e.g., pediatrics, primary care, family medicine), location (e.g., the neighborhood, suburb, zip code), and what insurance providers are accepted. These should be included in text throughout the website as well as alternate text for pictures and meta content in your website’s HTML coding.
Source: Alex Mangrolia, Physicians Practice [8/17/18]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
From: Jeffrey Kass, DPM
 
Dr. Werter brought up that some insurers will just not pay podiatrists for CPT code 76942.  I was under the impression that if anyone is paid for 76942 or any code for that matter, then podiatry can’t and should not be excluded. Why podiatry as a profession continues to sit back and allow people to walk over us like a door mat is beyond my comprehension.
 
Last week, I sent James Christina, DPM and executive director of APMA an email complaining of this very point and code. I noted that medical doctors are allowed to bill this code to Workers Comp, but podiatrists can’t. He informed me he wasn’t aware of it, but would look into it.  
 
If colleagues notice podiatry being singled out - you really should speak up. This is one time silence is not golden.
 
Jeffrey Kass, DPM, Forest Hills, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM EDITORIALS)
From: Alan Sherman, DPM
 
In regard to Dr. Block’s recent editorial “Podiatry’s Continuing Identity Crisis”, he and I, and a large group of our peers, have discussed the issue of the podiatrist’s identity, our self-image, and resulting issues with our collective self-esteem for years. We have always agreed, and to this day continue to agree that while we all do surgery, and deserve recognition for the training that we get, the credentials we achieve, and the fine work that we do in that discipline, very few podiatrists are primarily surgeons, nor should most podiatrists primarily be surgeons. If we all were primarily surgeons, who would do ALL THE REST of the important work that we do in solving the world's foot health issues? 
 
The volume of medical podiatry, the work we do as physicians, not as surgeons, far exceeds the volume of surgery needed by the...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Sherman's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM ARTICLES)
From: Brian Butler, DPM
 
Dr. Jon A. Hultman’s article, Student Recruitment - The Future of Podiatry Is in Your Hands, clearly addresses the fact that podiatry faces a student “recruitment crisis” that “could signal the beginning of the end for the profession.” Despite a period of remarkable progress for podiatry, our schools are now encountering a host of student recruitment challenges from the increasing numbers of new American medical school seats (3,000 new seats since 2012), off-shore medical schools, physician assistant programs, nurse practitioner programs, and the new interest in American medical schools offering tuition free programs such as New York University now provides. These challenges are real and the trajectory is detrimental to the viability of our schools. 
 
Dr. Hultman’s article should be required reading for the trustees of our nation’s podiatric ...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Butler's extended-length letter can be read here.
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

What to wear when your strapped for time? (Photo: Ruggero Mengoni)

Source: Aki Choklat via Virtual Shoe Museum

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MEETING NOTICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART1 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - UPSTATE NY 
 
Excellent opportunity to start your career in a fresh practice!  Seeking an associate to join, grow, and become partner. Key attributes: Board Qualified/Certified, self-starter, willingness to build practice. Looking for a motivated individual to contribute to our growth through all aspects of podiatry. Please send CV to: docryanlee@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA
 
www.martinfootandankle.com is looking for an associate interested in future partnership with our successful team. Fellowship training preferred. ASC investment opportunities available. Practice facilities include: five office locations, four physical therapy gyms and two shoe stores. Competitive compensation and benefits. Please send letter of interest and CV to: hr@martinfootandankle.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ANNAPOLIS, MD 
 
www.podiatrygroup.us seeks FT DPM to join our successful team. Latest technology, in office ASC, excellent support staff, marketing and protocols to help achieve your financial success. Candidate must possess surgical training, positive personality and great work ethic. Send cover letter/CV and referrals to mokane@podiatrygroup.us
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST LOUIS, MISSOURI 
 
Well-established, successful podiatry practice seeking dedicated, hardworking and motivated physician to join as an associate.  Excellent referral and patient base. Special emphasis on at risk population. No nursing homes or house calls. Compensation by salary and bonus. Malpractice, health/dental and retirement benefits included. Email CV to sharikaminsky@hotmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BALTIMORE, MD 
 
MedStar Health is seeking a podiatric surgeon for full time employment Baltimore, Maryland. This position would be based at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital with a focus on limb salvage and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Preferred candidate would have 3 years post residency work experience, be fellowship trained and ABFAS board qualified for foot and RRA. The physician would join a growing multidisciplinary team in a hospital based surgical practice and would have the opportunity to work with and teach residents and students. Please send letter of intent and CV to john.steinberg@medstar.net.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS –BRONX, NY 
 
Immediate F/T, P/T openings, looking for committed and motivated professionals with great bed side manners to work in NH, house calls, and office. Competitive salary, call 718-548-1102.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MARYLAND 
 
Established practice looking for a full-time podiatrist for our three Maryland locations. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical skills including ulcer care, diabetes, surgery and general foot care. Must have a strong office personality with the ability to maintain and attract patients. Must be willing to merge into an already established protocol based office. Please send C/V to footdocs17@gmail.com
 
TEAM PHYSICIAN– SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Physicians Footcare, SC largest provider of podiatric services, is seeking a highly skilled and personable physician to join our TEAM. South Carolina License is necessary and next exam is December 2018.  Exam application must be submitted 90 days prior to exam date.  If you are ready to live, work, and play comfortably; send letter of interest and CV to: scdpmjobs@gmail.com
 
4 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AVAILABLE – TEXAS 
 
Amazing, multi-location group practice, seeking personable, enthusiastic, dedicated, and skilled podiatric physicians with deep interest in these niche areas: Podopediatrics, Biomechanics, Diabetes & Wound Care, and Rear foot & Ankle Surgery. Expanding office locations. Wonderful opportunity to join one of the best! Contact Marketing@NevilleFeet.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  
 
Very busy practice seeking a full-time, self-motivated and hard-working podiatry associate. Competitive salary offered. Please email CV to: podiatrists@icloud.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MASSACHUSETTS 
 
We are a well-established, very busy, hospital-based multi-doc practice located just north of Boston, seeking full-time DPM. Must be Board Qualified/Certified. Excellent referral base and high volume of new patients. We are well integrated within the medical community and active in both hospital out-patient and in-patient care.  Competitive compensation and benefit package. Please email CV to footdocsma@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - LONG ISLAND/QUEENS 
 
Advanced Podiatry Seeking Full Time DPM for upscale practices located at the Americana Manhasset, Huntington and Queens. Excellent work environment and company culture.  Latest technology with digital x-ray, laser, EHR, Ultrasound, the latest Apple software and iPads. Must be surgically trained, motivated, with a great work ethic. Very competitive salary with significant upside. Visit www.LIFootCare.com and email eavieiradpm@gmail.com for more info.
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 18,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770.
CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2- PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICES WANTED - FL, CA, TX, NY, NJ, PA, AL, TN, KY, GA, SC
 
Looking to buy podiatry practices large, small, rural or urban. Podiatrists who are looking to retire soon or in the near future, or wanting to join a larger group to handle business operations can contact us by clicking here. Competitive compensation and benefits package for those who would like to sell and work within the larger company..
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - ESAOTE MYLAB 5 ULTRASOUND
 
Esaote MyLab 5 ultrasound. 5 years old, great condition. All original manuals included. Mobile cart also included. Please email nefootandankle@optonline.net for further information and pricing
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - ORANGE COUNTY NEW YORK 
 
ACQUIRE MY PRACTICE AS I RETIRE. Well-established solo practice of 37 years in my hometown. Working 4 full days a week as I continue to provide my patients with the compassionate, conservative foot care they are accustomed to.  Full surgical privileges available, with heavy emphasis on biomechanics, patient education, and IMEs.  I am looking for a motivated young practitioner who understands the importance of being a podiatrist, not just a surgeon.  I see working patients at 5:30 am, emergencies within 24 hours and am still going strong, but want to slow down.  Send resume to mlwodka@hotmail.com 
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTH PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE/ PARADISE VALLEY, AZ 
 
MOTIVATED SELLER - A well established, successful solo practice in a prestigious medical center. Office suite recently built. All aspects of podiatric medical care for adults and children. Excellent opportunity for referrals and continued practice expansion. Doctor willing to stay and help with transition. Call 602-740-1686 for details.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NEW YORK (BROOME COUNTY, NEAR BINGHAMTON)
 
RARE PRACTICE OPPORTUNITY: Well established, 38 year old practice. Patient pays for their services. I practice, “Fee-For-Service”/No Insurance. My average work week is 2.5 days. Last 3 years (2015-2017) average gross=$625K and average net=$250K. Practice emphasis is biomechanics, using Video (Dartfish) & F-Scan In-Shoe Pressure Mapping Analysis, as well as PinPointe™ foot laser for onychomycosis. Surgical pathology available. Quality and modern 2500 square foot office and equipment.  I am ready to retire and have future plans in place and am willing to sell for less than market value. Make an offer! Reply to: uniquepractice@gmail.com
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 18,500 DPMs AND STUDENTS
 
Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 18,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770.
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