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December 23, 2014 #5,250 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

A partner of Podiatry Management http://www.podiatrym.com
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APMA NEWS
Application Period for APMA/TDI Fellowship Extended to January 5th
 
The APMA Public Health Fellowship was developed by the Public Health and Preventive Podiatric Medicine Committee (PHPPMC) of APMA, together with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), and established for the benefit and further educational enrichment of podiatric physicians with an interest in public health. The fellowship curriculum is designed to provide the fellow with fundamental skills, knowledge base, and philosophical foundation in health policy and clinical practice, with specific attention paid to public health, clinical/health services research, and health-care leadership. The fellow will receive full tuition benefits as well as a stipend to assist with living expenses. Upon completion of the 12-month program, the fellow will receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Dartmouth Medical School.

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PM JURY VERDICT REPORTER
Alleged Unnecessary Surgery - MA
 
Facts: Howard Farley Jr., an adult male manufacturing electrical engineer, claimed he suffered pain in his feet, an aggravation of his neuropathy, and emotional distress, lost his job and underwent unnecessary surgery when defendant podiatrist diagnosed him with Morton's neuroma and performed a nerve decompression surgery of the second and third interspaces of both feet, severing the transverse ligaments between the second and third toes on both feet.
 
The plaintiff contended the defendants were negligent in misdiagnosing him with Morton's neuroma, failing to pursue conservative, pre-operative measures, failing to rule out neuropathy, and performing unnecessary surgery. The defendants denied liability and contended that the defendant discussed conservative treatments with the plaintiff, and the plaintiff began to improve after the surgery. The plaintiff's wife filed a claim for loss of consortium, but did not recover.
 
Result: Defendant's verdict ($0)
 
Plaintiff expert witnesses : Charles Fenton, DPM, Atlanta, GA,  Martin Pressman, DPM, Milford, CT,  Steven Miller, MD, Waltham, MA
Defendant expert Witnesses: James Wilton, DPM, Portland, ME, Christopher Gibbons, MD, Boston, MA
 
Source: Jury Verdict Research

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SUCCESS TIPS FROM THE MASTERS
Bret Ribotsky: What have you noticed when examining children who are toe walkers that most DPMs might not notice?
Dr. Louis DeCaro
 
Louis DeCaro: Something that many DPMs do not think about is eyesight (vision). Sometimes, children with focal point vision pathology sense that the ground is sloping. I have seen a bunch of children with eyesight pathology. Once this condition has been identified and dealt with, these kids do not rise up on their toes again. Thus, all DPMs should add vision testing of children to their work-up.
 
Meet the Masters airs live every Tuesday night. You can register for future events by clicking here

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MALPRACTICES PERSPECTIVES
Legal Update: Is It Safe to Say You're Sorry?
 
After a procedure that results in a patient's accidental death, a surgeon meets with family members and says, "I am very sorry and I take full responsibility. Let me tell you what happened and why." Has he just admitted negligence, or will his openness avert a lawsuit? The short answer: It depends. Here's why this emotionally charged situation remains a legal tightrope.
 
In recent years, academics and lawmakers have speculated on whether improvements in physicians' communication skills could help to defuse litigation following adverse outcomes. To encourage more open discussion among physicians, patients, and families, at least 37 states have enacted "I'm Sorry" laws. Each one is different, but their general intent is the same: to foster transparency and preclude a physician's expression of apology, responsibility, or remorse from being admitted as evidence in the event of a malpractice action. On its face, this type of legislation makes good sense. I've defended several malpractice cases that could have been avoided with better communication. In my experience, one sure way for a physician to get sued after unexpected results is to.... 
 
Editor's note: To read this complete article, click here.
 
Source: Thomas O'Carroll, JD, Outpatient Surgery [October, 2014] 

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HEALTHCARE NEWS
Number of Uninsured Americans Near Historic Low
 
New federal government data shows the percentage of Americans without health insurance was at or near historic lows this year following the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and appears certain to fall to record levels next year.
 
The data released Thursday from the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health Interview Survey found that 11.3 percent of Americans were without coverage in the second quarter of 2014, down from 13.1 percent in the first quarter and 14.4 percent throughout 2013. 
 
Source: Zeke J Miller, Time [12/18/14]

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF OF THE DAY
Tips for New Medical Practice Staff Performance Reviews - Part 1
 
Many practices hold a 90-day review with new staff members to discuss performance, areas that need improvement, and provide kudos for a job well done. Here are a few tips to help ensure you are making the most of these important evaluations:
 
1. Gather perspectives. Speak to physicians and staff members with whom the employee works closely. While you can (and should) observe the employee in action, it's impossible for you to understand exactly how that new staff member works with and interacts with his colleagues and supervisors in various situations. "I try to get their perspective on things they're seeing on the floor that maybe I don't see," said Cynthia Blain, director at healthcare consulting firm SS&G Healthcare.
 
2. Criticize right. The 90-day review presents a great opportunity to identify how the employee can improve and what she needs to work on. But remember: Motivation and correction is much more about giving people something to work toward, than it is telling them to stop doing something, said Carol Stryker, founder of practice management consulting company Symbiotic Solutions. For instance, rather than telling a staff member she needs to stop looking down when she speaks to patients, ask why she is having trouble making eye contact. Then say, "What can we do to help you make eye contact, because that's a real important part of making patients feel welcome."
 
Source: Aubrey Westgate, Physicians Practice [12/9/14]
MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

 

Does this qualify as an AFO?

Source: Sergio Rossi Collection

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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CLASSIFIED ADS
PRACTICE FOR SALE – MARYLAND 
 
Well established, turn-key busy podiatry practice with accredited hospital-grade ASC is available for sale. Situated in a full service medical building located in a very desirable and convenient area of Northwest Baltimore County. Strong referral base and modern facility with EMR, digital x-rays, hi-def ultrasound and multi-use laser equipped. A great opportunity for a group to expand services into this area or for a very motivated and well trained individual. For more information contact Mr. Jesse Delanoy, attorney representative c/o Offit/Kurman Law Group: jDelanoy@offitkurman.com or at his office 301-575-0301. 
 
DIABETIC FOOT AND WOUND  FELLOWSHIP – DALLAS, TX  
 
One position for a 12-month TMB-approved Diabetic Foot and Wound fellowship beginning July 1, 2015. Candidate must have completed a podiatric residency/plastic surgical residency/general surgery residency and be eligible for Texas Medical License. Training involves all aspect of diabetic foot management. Curriculum focuses on surgical limb salvage, and medical management of the complex wound patient. Interested candidates should email their CV, personal statement and 3 letters of recommendation to amanda.murden@utsouthwestern.edu. UT Southwestern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 
 
(1) Extra Corporeal Acoustic Therapy - Cura Medix  D Actor 50- 2 yrs old. 3 Applicators. Excellent Condition $12,000 OBO (1) Pressure Specified Sensory Device - Quantitative Sensory Testing with Light Touch, Two-Point Discrimination and Grip Strength- $15,000 OBO. jbv2323@gmail.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION- NORTHERN NJ - MORRIS COUNTY
 
31 year old established, respected office with 4 DPMs. Large referral base from PCPs, Vascular, Peds and Orthopedists. A well-rounded hospital and surgical center based podiatry practice encompassing all aspects of foot and ankle care. Large number of new patients weekly, solid surgical schedule. Large modern office with digital x-rays and EMR. Involved with residency program. Looking for a personable individual with strong ethics and high motivation. Seeking serious associates only leading to partnership. Must have PMSR/RRA or equivalent training. Very competitive compensation package. Starting July 2015. Please email CV and references to Northnjpod1@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION  - TAMPA FLORIDA 
 
Beaches, great weather, great restaurants, culture , all year!  – Be part of a unique thriving practice model that will survive any environment. "Old-style" work ethic. Associate to "Buy-In" Opportunity. Customer service, sense of humor detailed, driven, laid back personality. Market yourself and the practice. Good surgical skills, Great practice management ability. Email, "I'm the ONE!", why you want to join this practice, CV, docmkatz@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – GEORGIA 
 
Join our Team! Thriving, five location, progressive, podiatry practice seeking a family-oriented Associate Podiatrist to build career and long-term relationship. Must be surgically trained (PSR-24/36) and have EMR experience. Position available in our Statesboro, GA location, one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia and home to Georgia Southern University. Associate will have full range of services and access to Surgical Center along with access to all of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. Email CV with Cover Letter to hr@atlanticfeet.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE -  NORTH GEORGIA/CHATTANOOGA AREA
 
Busy group practice located in Chattanooga area seeking a growth-oriented individual with a strong work ethic to join our expanding 5 physician TEAM.  Must have PM&S 36.  Established patient base with tremendous growth opportunity.  Associate with partnership potential. Chattanooga offers a strong music and arts culture, unrivaled outdoor amenities, and a government/populace committed to sustainable development.  Competitive Salary and benefits.  Email cover letter and CV to hr@advfootcare.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - OHIO 
 
Well-established group practice in Ohio seeks a well-trained surgeon, PSR24/36. Our practice provides all of the latest technology needed to provide patients with the best care, including ultrasound, lasers, PAD testing, DME, EMR and digital x-ray. Competitive compensation package including salary and bonus. Please send CV to:  DPMgroup1@yahoo.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTH EAST FLORIDA 
 
Growing south east Florida practice seeks personable  motivated associates for long term position. Rearfoot and ankle training required. Please reply with CV to jbv2323@gmail.com 
 
IMMEDIATE POSITIONS AVAILABLE - UPSTATE NEW YORK- SYRACUSE, UTICA, AND ALBANY AREAS
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes in and around Upstate New York. Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Positions available immediately! Email inquiries tophasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE PART-TIME POSITION – PHOENIX ARIZONA
 
Seeking part-time associate in a group practice. Board Qualified/Certified , motivate, ethical, hard-working. Established 30 + year-old practice with diverse patient demographics with large referral base. Letter/CV to pdxbaba@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE FOR SOUTHEASTERN PA
 
General and surgical podiatry practice providing comprehensive patient care with hospital privileges available.  Must be surgically trained.  Send letter and CV to  podmedsurg@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW YORK
 
Well- rounded, hospital based podiatry practice. Large number of new patients monthly, digital x-rays, and EMR. Team Podiatrist for Division 1 College Sports Program. Currently have 3 DPMs and 3 offices. Senior partner is Chair of Pod Dept.; Partner & Associate are involved in wound center.  Offices located 75 miles north of New York City, in the beautiful Hudson Valley. More affordable cost of living; great place to live.  Looking for a personable individual with strong ethics and high motivation. Seeking an associate leading to potential partnership.  Must have PM & S- 36 training.  Please call (845) 471-2243 or email eriksims@hotmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION -  KANSAS CITY
 
Kansas City may be the perfect move for you and your family. We are looking for an entrepreneurial-minded associate who wants to grow and then own part of an already successful practice. If you are the right candidate for this associate position, you will enjoy a competitive compensation package and you will be working with doctors who are as committed to your success as we are to our own. Go to: www.YourFutureInPodiatry.com for full details.
 
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST POSITION – CHICAGO AREA 
 
Well-rounded urban practice with hospital affiliation looking for Associate to cover 2 offices. All phases of podiatric practice. Four day week schedule.  Must have 3 year residency and proficient in rear foot surgery. Six figure base income, health, malpractice, 401K Contribution. Joint Commission Accredited on-site surgical suite.  Interested podiatric physician can fax your resume to:  773-374-5860 or e-maildrjenkins@southchicagofoot.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA 
 
Associate wanted for well-established practice in central Florida. Experienced support staff, malpractice coverage and health insurance provided. Excellent opportunity for a promising future. To apply please  go to www.yourcareerinpodiatry.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - FULL TIME/ PART TIME WISCONSIN
 
Opportunities to serve residents of long-term care facilities in Madison and Milwaukee Wisconsin. High earning potential with competitive benefits as part of a 40 year old company for the right candidates. Contact ckestner@preferredpodiatry.com for additional information.
 
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