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July 04, 2015 #5,410 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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We Wish our Readers a Happy Holiday!

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Dr. Remedy


HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
New Fluorescence Angiography Machine Aids OH Podiatrist
 
Akron General Health System is expanding its care for patients with chronic, hard-to-heal wounds after contracting with a national management firm to help run the program and oversee research efforts. The business relationship also gives Akron General access to cutting-edge technology, such as the new fluorescence angiography machine called Luna that allows wound care staff to assess how well blood is flowing in the tiny peripheral vessels in the extremities.
 
Dr. Windy Cole
 
Before the new technology became available, doctors couldn’t get images showing the blood flow in the feet, said Dr. Windy Cole, a local podiatrist who recently began seeing patients at Akron General’s new location inside its Health & Wellness Center in Green. Images from the machine can be used to evaluate whether hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other treatments are increasing blood flow to wounds, she said.
 
Source: Cheryl Powell, Beacon Journal [7/2/15] 

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OUTSIDE INTERESTS
Podiatrist Opens Medi Spa
 
Ooh La La Medi Spa has opened its doors to the Wheaton and surrounding communities. It is located next door to DuPage Foot and Ankle, the podiatry office of Dr. Don Nichols. It is a luxury spa offering, manicures, pedicures, massage therapy, and alternative treatments such as reflexology and energy healing.
 
Dr. Don Nichols
 
Ooh La La Medi Spa was the brain storm of Dr. Don Nichols and his wife Mary Gurow. They wanted to be able to offer special, pampering services to podiatry patients who were interested in having their routine foot care procedures performed by a licensed nail technician under the direction of Dr. Nichols, but enjoyed in a "spa" environment. This idea then led to offering traditional manicures and pedicures. 
 
Source: Arlington Heights Daily Herald [7/1/15]

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PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW
IL Podiatrist Convicted in Hospital Kickback Scheme
 
A Chicago podiatrist was convicted Thursday of accepting $2,000 monthly kickbacks from Sacred Heart Hospital in exchange for sending patients to the struggling West Side facility. Dr. Shanin Moshiri was caught in an undercover FBI recording in February 2013 complaining that the hospital's CEO, Edward Novak, never seemed to be satisfied with the number of patients his illegal referrals brought in. Moshiri, who sat at the defense table in a gray suit, looked down and bit his lip Thursday as Judge Matthew Kennelly found him guilty on one count of accepting a kickback and acquitted him on two others.
 
Source: Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune [7/2/15]

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HEALTHCARE NEWS
Doctors Got $6.5 Billion From Drug and Device Makers in U.S.
 
U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data on the financial links between the companies and the people who prescribe their products. The data released Tuesday range from the royalties paid to hospitals to help develop products to fees provided to medical experts to speak at a dinner with colleagues. The payments are listed in two broad categories: money to fund research and payments to entertain doctors or compensate them for consulting or other non-research purposes.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created a website, called Open Payments, to let people search for data on their medical providers. The disclosures cover payments to about 607,000 doctors and 1,121 teaching hospitals. Overall, companies made $3.23 billion in payments for research and $2.56 billion for other purposes, according to a summary posted on the website. The data also include ownership interests of $703 million.
 
Source: Caroline Chen and Zachary Tracer, Bloomberg Business [7/1/15]

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF OF THE DAY
Five Reasons the Future for Private Practice Is Bright - Part 3
 
Here are five reasons why private practice will remain healthy for the foreseeable future:
 
3. Accountable care organizations (ACO) are another option for physicians seeking to remain independent.
 
Physicians can contract with ACOs, or do as some large physician groups have done and form their own ACOs. Either way, these organizations allow physicians to stay in private practice while focusing on improving care. Some ACOs offer shared-savings contracts that let physicians reap the benefits if they keep costs below a target amount calculated at year's end.
 
Source: Jeffrey D. Brunken, Physicians Practice [6/28/15]

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Recommendation for Billing Service
 
Can anyone recommend a reputable billing service that is familiar with podiatry?
 
David Weiss, Richmond, VA

CENTRAL


CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Removal of Failed Joint Implant
 
What is the recommended CPT coding for removal of failed silastic double stem implant with revision cheilectomy? I suspect the removal would be incidental to the cheilectomy and therefore included. Is that correct? 
 
Donald Brann, DPM, Orland Park, IL
 
Response: Because the implant removal and the cheilectomy are in the same location and because most of the dissection to get the implant out is the same dissection that is performed for the cheilectomy, I think that you should just bill for the cheilectomy, CPT 28289. 
 
If you feel that the effort/time/work required to remove the implant in conjunction with the cheilectomy led to a service that was substantially greater than what is typically required for CPT 28289, then you can add "-22" modifier to CPT 28289 and submit the required documentation supporting the addition of the "-22" modifier. 
 
Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, Springfield, PA
 

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: David Secord, DPM
 
My experience has been with the full-duplex scanners from Banktec and Panasonic, two of the recognized leaders in the field. They have models which will handle multiple size stock so that you don’t have to sort out receipts from notes, and feature dropout modes to handle goldenrod-colored stock.
 
My experience has also been that these are expensive and unless you’re going to do this for a living as a sideline business, it is more cost-effective to hire a company to come in and do it for you, give you the files, and go away. The models on the high end of Banktec’s lineup go for $500,000 the last time I checked, but can process many pages a second, full duplex.
 
Doing x-rays is different and requires a scanner with a transparency adapter with a feeder. Once again, both Banktec and Panasonic products can do this, but they are products which cost tens of thousands of dollars, and I can’t imagine buying one as opposed to hiring a service.
 
David Secord, DPM, Corpus Christi, TX

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP
RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day
 
The perfect sneaker for the 4th of July!
 
Source: Nike Blog
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION- MARYLAND  
 
Progressive practice in MD, suburban DC in need of surgically trained associate preferably with practice experience. State-of-the-art practice includes EMR, laser, ER privileges, ASC, etc.  Excellent salary/benefit package with opportunity for partnership.  Email cover letter and CV to mdpodiatry@comcast.net
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CONNECTICUT
 
High volume practice seeking a hard-working, motivated, Connecticut Licensed Podiatrist. Duties to include diabetic foot care, wound care, and minor office procedures, nursing homes and house calls. Please submit CV to: podiatrypeople@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – CHICAGO 
 
Full-time position in Chicago; start date - end of July. Office and housecalls ; salary base and incentive for office work plus 50% of collection for housecalls . $140-150K net; mileage allowance and malpractice are paid; additional benefits can be considered. Partnership track is available . If interested, contact:  chipod12@yahoo.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION- LOS ANGELES 
 
Full time position in private practice, located in Los Angeles area. All aspects of podiatry, including surgery, orthopedics, diabetic foot care and general foot care.  Looking for eventual practice buy in/partnership. Competitive Salary and benefits. Email cover letter and CV to dpmclinic@yahoo.com
 
POSITION AVAILABLE - FULL-TIME NEW JERSEY 
 
Do you have 8 arms and 12 legs, Can you handle a challenge? Must be surgically trained but conservatively minded. Wonderful environment and great support team.  Great pay with potential for expansion Bergen County, New Jersey. Please email CV to: njfootankle@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – KENTUCKY 
 
Immediate opening for well-trained motivated DPM in beautiful Danville, Kentucky. Established Office in new building in great location. Danville is one of the fastest growing communities in KY. Hospital privileges and wide range of services offered.  College town, 35 miles outside of Lexington.  Excellent comp with incredible bonus opportunity/full benefits. Partnership opportunity 2 years with Kentucky’s largest most respected group.  Email CV and letter of interest : jonkim12000@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE PART TIME POSITION - PHOENIX ARIZONA 
 
Seeking part time associate in group practice. Board Qualified/Certified. Motivated, ethical, hard working. Established 30 + year old practice with diverse patient demographics. Large referral Base. Letter/CV to: phxbaba@gmail.com
 
IMMEDIATE ASSOCIATE POSITION – CHICAGO 
 
Seeking ABFAS Board Qualified/Certified associate for Chicago. EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound, surgery center & amazing support staff. Join a growing group based in Chicago & Suburbs. Salary & quarterly bonuses commensurate with experience & ability to grow your location. Available 401K plan, malpractice, CMEs. Send CV to chicagopodpractice@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – EL PASO, TX 
 
Busy practice seeking a full-time, self-motivated and hard-working podiatry associate to help with second office. Competitive salary offered.  Please email CV to: buffdlr1@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NORTHEAST OHIO 
 
Expanding group practice seeking full-time and part-time podiatric physicians with Ohio license.  Duties include wound care, house calls, and nursing home coverage.  Competitive salary and benefits.   Email cover letter and CV to mike@ankleandfootcare.com .
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PHOENIX 
 
Well-established Phoenix metropolitan area multi-office, multi-physician practice looking for aggressive, ethical, personable, well-trained associate, leading to partnership/buyout.  High-tech environment utilizing EMR, digital x-rays, etc.  Must have current Arizona license or in process;  References a must.  Reply to: AZfootdocsearch@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION  - MARYLAND 
 
Business minded, motivated individual wanted for position leading to partner/buyout. Beautiful Western Maryland; less than 45 mins. from Baltimore and DC. As well as minutes from hiking, fishing, skiing, kayaking. Competitive salary/benefits. Don't miss this opportunity to become a top earner in our field. Send CV:   drhenrock@yahoo.com
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 16,500 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 16,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@podiatrym.com or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at (800) 284-5451.
CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICE FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE- PINPOINTE FOOT LASER 
 
NuvoLase FDA approved laser for the treatment of onychomycosis. The laser is in excellent condition with a pulse count of Q8.  Price includes the laser, new fiber optic cable, 2 laser goggles, power testing equipment, manual and shipping to your location. $10,000 mogey1@sbcglobal.net
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NEWTOWN, CT
 
Busy practice grossing 290k on 3 days a week. Extremely low overhead.  Beautiful office building with Traknet EHR. Practice shares space and staff with 6 MDs.  Amazing referral base and growth potential. All surgery and DME is currently referred out. Won't last!! Inquiries contact Samalsal@yahoo.com 
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY)
 
34 year old practice for sale, open 2 -2 1/2 days per week, general podiatry practice with biomechanics and office and hospital surgery, Microaire power equipment, EMR, x-rays physical therapy, vascular evaluation,  1 block from hospital and surgical center. Selling due to health issues.  Contact  drhec@aol.com
 
DESIRABLE LOCATIONS TO SUBLET AND SHARE - NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY
 
Midtown, Gramercy, Financial District and Plainview (North shore of Long Island) turn-key. Extremity MRI, Extremity CT scanner, diagnostic ultrasound, digital xray in selected offices. Fair Lawn ASC,LLC a dedicated certified ambulatory surgical center for foot and ankle surgery accepting applications for staff privileges 516 476-1815 PODO2345@AOL.COM
 
PM NEWS CLASSIFIED  ADS REACH OVER 16,500 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 16,500 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@podiatrym.com or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at (800) 284-5451.
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