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May 06, 2016 #5,658 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRY GUILD NEWS
Podiatry Guild and APMA Gain NY Senator's Support of Podiatric Legislation
 
NYSPMA President Andrew Shapiro, DPM and OPEIU President Richard Lanigan recently led a delegation of the NYSPMA, the Guild, and APMA in a meeting with Senator Charles Schumer to discuss The VA Parity Bill as well as Medicaid (Title XIX).
 
(top center) Mike Borden (NYSPMA- ED) (2nd row) Drs. Sandro Frasca (NYSPMA), John Mattiacci (GUILD President),  Paul Liswood (NYSPMA), Mr. Ben Wallner (APMA), Peter Stein (APMA), (1st row) Dr. Andrew Shapiro (NYSPMA President), Sen. Charles Schumer (D NY), Richard Lani (OPEIU President)
 
Senator Schumer committed his continued support to the APMA efforts to gain equitable treatment of our services within the VA and to eliminate discrimination in Medicaid through passage of the HELLPP Act.  

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STATE PODIATRY NEWS
Podiatrists Included in CT Bill to Expand Entities Employing Doctors 
 
A proposal to limit non-compete clauses in physician contracts and expand the type of entities that could employ doctors – viewed by proponents as a way to protect or increase competition in healthcare delivery – won final passage from legislators Tuesday night. It now goes to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for signing. The proposal grew out of work by the Senate’s top Democrat and Republican to address the changing healthcare landscape, including the trend toward doctors giving up owning their own practices to work for hospital systems or large group practices. 
 
The bill expands the types of entities that could employ doctors. State law allows structures known as medical foundations to employ doctors without running afoul of anti-kickback requirements. But currently, only hospitals can operate medical foundations. Under the bill, medical foundations could be operated by independent practice associations and other business entities that are at least 60 percent owned by an independent practice association, physician group, or doctor, chiropractor, optometrist, or podiatrist.
 
Source: Arielle Levin Becker, The CT Mirror [5/4/16]

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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
CA Podiatrist Joins Visalia Medical Clinic
 
Visalia Medical Clinic has announced the addition of podiatrist Jeffrey Hagen, DPM, whose special interest is keeping people active through effective podiatric care.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Hagen
 
Dr. Hagen is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his podiatric surgical residency at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center and also completed a fellowship in podiatric sports medicine and surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. The Board-certified podiatric surgeon comes to Visalia Medical Clinic from his most recent position at Kings Foot and Ankle in Hanford.
 
Source: The Foothills Sun Gazette [5/4/16]

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PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW
WI Podiatrist Avoids Prison, Ordered to Pay $1 million in Fraud Case
 
For ripping off Medicare, a Cedarburg podiatrist was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation and agreed to repay $1 million in restitution and to settle claims in a related False Claims Act civil case. Balkansky, 63, pleaded guilty in February to a single count of healthcare fraud. It was part of a 30-count indictment returned last year. It charged that from 2005 to 2012, he billed Medicare for services like foot massages that weren't covered and that weren't performed by licensed physical therapists. It also charged that he helped his staff create records that made it harder for the government to spot the fraud.
 
Source: Bruce Vielmetti, The Journal Sentinel [5/4/16]

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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
OHI Adds Central Casting Program Consultant
 
Orthotic Holdings Inc. (OHI), Hauppauge, New York, has appointed Lynn Homisak, PRT, CHC, as central casting program consultant for the company’s on-demand pedorthic service. Homisak, principal owner of SOS Healthcare Management Solutions, Federal Way, Washington, is an award-winning healthcare consultant and management coach, with a special focus on podiatry.
 
Lynn Homisak
 
Her contributions to podiatry earned her the 2010 Podiatry Management Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into Podiatry Management’s Podiatry Hall of Fame. In addition, she authors a column and serves as an editorial advisor for Podiatry Management.
 
Source: O & P [5/3/16]

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QUERIES (CLINICAL)
Query: Painful Blue Spots in Diabetic
 
I have a 51-year-old diabetic lady whose last A1c was 7. She complains of very sensitive painful feet with, redness and some swelling at the end of the right 2nd toe which progressed to the plantar pulp, which is very painful. She also has episodic dark blue spots on the feet which are extremely painful. She has swelling and burning of the feet as well. She states her feet are hypersensitive, especially the right 2nd toe, and the when the blue areas arise. She gets throbbing pain relieved by elevation of her feet. She notes her feet are very sensitive when the shower water hits them and her feet have red blotches all the time.  
 
Painful Blue Spots in Diabetic
 
The patient denies any general muscle-skeletal pains, major systemic illnesses, infections or malaise, rashes, or travel outside the U.S. She smokes about a half pack/day. She states there is no change whether in cold or warm weather. Gabapentin prescribed by her PCP did not help the pain. She denies illicit drug use. She has no ischemic changes. Suggestions?

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Marvin Levin, MD 
 From: Howard R. Fox, DPM
 
I am saddened to hear the news of Marv Levin’s passing. I savored and admired his book as a student, both editions of which bear his autograph. I came to know him back in the days I was involved with the Hunter Mt. Sinai GEC conferences on "The Geriatric Foot and Ankle".  If, as a student, someone told me that Marvin and Barbara Levin would be napping in my home one day, I certainly wouldn’t have believed them.  As it turned out, Marv & Barb took afternoon naps at my house twice! He was not just a dynamo of a speaker, a dedicated and knowledgeable physician, but a mench of a man. It was an honor to know him.
 
Howard R. Fox, DPM, Staten Island, NY

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Jeffrey Worman, DPM
 
I have read and thought long and hard about Dr. Borreggine's letter regarding the migration away from fee-for-service into these relatively unknown payment models, and how that will affect the smaller practices (like mine). I have tremendous respect for Dr. Borreggine but for me, his points just raise more questions. These larger groups are notorious for ever swelling overhead. I feel like I have more control having a smaller practice (just an opinion, of course).
 
Also, how exactly do these pay for performance models work, and how will the 25-provider group be paid higher than my 2-provider group? Will insurance companies "kick off" smaller practices from the panels? What can we do, big or small practices, to prepare for the changing model? So much advice was given for preparation of ICD-10. I would love to see advice given on how to prepare for this.  
 
Jeffrey Worman, DPM, Largo, FL

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Dennis Shavelson, DPM
 
I cannot agree with Dr. Borreggine when he states that he honestly believes that no matter what a physician does in private practice to make ends meet, it is still going to be hard to make a decent living in the years to come. It is good for my practice to hear him advising us to find an employment position because as a successful solo practitioner, my marketplace will continue to grow and thrive. But for those interested in an opposing viewpoint, in the words of Rudyard Kipling, “it’s an ill wind that blows no evil.”
 
Every community has BMW drivers, those getting Botox and tummy tucks, those wanting to get sophisticated care, and those wanting to be treated in a more intimate, more personal environment. There are those who seek wellness care and advice, and those needing uncovered services who have enough of a pocketbook to pay for them. 
 
Dennis Shavelson, DPM, NY, NY

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PM PODIATRY HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON

July 15, 2016 – PHiladelphia Marriott

Honoring Bret Ribotsky, DPM and James Lamb 

Sponsored by Bako Integrated Physician Services (Silver), PICA (Bronze), and Sammy Systems (Bronze)

PM News subscribers are invited to see Dr. Ribotsky and Mr. Lamb inducted in the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame, including roasts by special guests. 

All ticket proceeds go to the APMA Educational Foundation Student Endowment Fund. Reserve your tickets now by sending $75 per ticket to: APMA Educational Foundation, 9312 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 or via the APMA Meeting registration form.


CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
 
Our busy 2-physician podiatry practice is seeking a highly motivated associate to join our team. The ideal candidate is familiar with all aspects of podiatry care with limited palliative practice.  Candidate must be board-qualified in both forefoot & rearfoot surgery. Includes malpractice ins, competitive salary, vacation, and CME time off.  Includes opportunity for advancement to partnership level, with investment in local surgery centers. Send resume and salary requirements to admin@southsidefootclinic.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BRONX, NY 
 
NYNJ Foot & Ankle Associates Bronx, NY is looking to hire a part-time DPM. We are a fully modernized practice that has been serving the community for 20 years, performing all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery.  Serious inquiries only. Fax CV and cover letter to nynjfootandankle@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE - SOUTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT 
 
High volume podiatry practice Limb Preservation, Clinical Research, elective, non-elective surgery, sports medicine and general practice. Three hospital medical staff privileges available, ER call available. Practice seeks energetic, empathetic practitioner, PSR-36 a plus. Competitive salary, benefits. Partnership opportunity. Send resume, cover letter to: Researchlpc552@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTH CAROLINA - GREENSBORO/TRIAD AREA 
 
Busy, state-of-the-art group practice seeking full time associate for summer 2017. PSR 36+ training preferred. Excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and ethical applicant. Competitive income and benefit package. Hospital privileges available. Must be board qualified/certified and have an active North Carolina license or plan on taking the exam in December 2016. Qualified applicants can send their CV and letter of interest to triad.podiatrist@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MANHATTAN 
 
Unique opportunity. Upscale, Park Avenue Manhattan. Need an experienced, motivated, caring doctor with excellent podiatric surgical skills to see in-network patients and to cover out-of-network patients. Salary based on experience with performance bonuses if earned. Part or full time. Partnership a possibility if qualified candidate exhibits outstanding performance and skills. Send CV to: institutebeaute885@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHEAST CONNECTICUT
 
Looking for a well-trained associate to join a 60+ year old multi-doctor, multi- location practice. Walk in to an established patient base and full schedule on day 1. No nursing homes or house calls.  Competitive salary and benefits. Send CV to lakesidenh@att.net.
 
PART -TIME POSITION IN CHICAGO TO DO HOUSECALLS 
 
20-25 hours /week, flexible schedule, logistics provided, great for new and established podiatrists to earn up to $100-120K. Contact chipod12@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MICHIGAN
 
Well-established practice in the thumb of Michigan looking for coverage from August-October. Housing can be arranged and good compensation provided. Great team to work with in a very positive and fun environment. Located just in from Lake Huron with plenty of outdoor fun. Longer term opportunities available.  Please email healingtoes@hotmail.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA 
 
Looking for either a PART-TIME (leading to full time) OR a FULL TIME position and have a PMSR/36 with RRA Training, then send your cover letter and CV to medstaff1977@gmail.com Must include a contact phone number.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – FLORIDA  
 
KG Health Partners, the largest mobile podiatry service in Florida has an opening in the Tampa Bay area for a full time podiatric physician servicing long-term care facilities.  Must have a current Florida license. Physicians are provided with a medical assistant, administrative support including scheduling and billing. All expenses including malpractice insurance are covered. Exceptional benefit package includes paid holidays, vacation, 401K retirement plan with company match as well as excellent health insurance. First year six figure salary is guaranteed!  Second year profit sharing.  Most second year doctors earn $150,000 and up. Email CV to Rob Cash at admin@KGHP.net.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SAVANNAH, GA 
 
Thriving, seven location, podiatry practice is seeking a family-oriented associate podiatrist to build career and long-term relationship. Associate will have full range of services and access to surgical center along with access to all of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. Please email CV with cover letter to hr@atlanticfeet.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI/SURROUNDING AREA 
 
Well-established practice seeking experienced, highly skilled associate. Partnership opportunity. Board qualified-certified, PSR-36 trained. State-of-the-art office, Digital X-Ray, EHR, Laser, EPAT.  Send cover letter, CV/Resume to stcpod@att.net or call 314-565-2739.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - JACKSON, NJ
 
Well-established practice serving Monmouth and Ocean County is looking for highly motivated associate. Modern office that is rapidly growing with a second office opening soon.  Must be willing to provide care for all aspects of podiatry including sports medicine, biomechanics, palliative care, wound care, surgery, and several nursing homes. Send CV to: podiatrynj1212@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS- HOME FOOT CARE, INC 
 
We are looking for podiatrists to visit home patients in these areas:  Los Angeles, CA, Ventura County, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, Lancaster/Palmdale, CA, San Bernardino/Riverside, CA, Palm Springs/Palm Desert, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Honolulu, HI. Full/part time, independence, excellent compensation, dedicated support staff, electronic billing/medical records. email CV to: homefootcare@hotmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 
 
Successful, growing full-scope practice with offices in Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura and Santa Barbara seeking a full time podiatrist with excellent patient skills to add to our team. Competitive salary and benefits offered including health insurance and 401K. Potential for partnership. Please send CV to Kelly@footsurgeon.com.
 
ACADEMIC POSITION - WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES 
 
Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine is seeking podiatrists interested in the education and training of future doctors of podiatric medicine. Applicants must be at least board-qualified in either ABPM or ABFAS with preference for dual board certification. Academic rank will be commensurate with scholarly and clinical credentials. To be considered, please send letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 references, and salary expectation to (http://apptrkr.com/784853). Western University of Health Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups.
 
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@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at (800) 284-5451.
CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PODIATRY PRACTICE FOR SALE - BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT
 
Established and successful for 90yrs!! Very busy with hospital affiliation and taking most insurance plans. Well priced with room to grow. A wonderful patient base and excellent office staff. Please Text (203) 522-8815 for more information. Feel free to ask any and all questions!
 
PODIATRY PRACTICE FOR SALE - PITTSBURGH SOUTH (BROWNSVILLE), PA 
 
33 yr established, successful practice. All phases of podiatry, laser & cash services in place. Hospital and Sx Center. Turn-key ready with strong client base. Contact pa.footdoctor@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – OTTAWA CANADA 
 
Are you tired of the third-party, regulatory and payer system in the U.S? Are you looking for a change to make your life easier? If you would like to practice, focusing on patients only –not on paperwork, this is a unique opportunity for a U.S. podiatrist to purchase a successful world-class practice. Life is simple, cash-based payments, no receivables, and wonderful (world-class city and recreation).    Contact sissilutten@yahoo.ca to learn more.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS  
 
30 year old general podiatry practice. State-of-the-art medical suite renovated 4 years ago Modern equipment, prime location, large physician referral base, full hospital privileges. No house calls, nursing homes or hospital ER call. Established patient base and unique opportunity for surgically-oriented podiatrist in the Berkshires (Western MA)  Priced to sell quickly due to personal and medical concerns. Additional info best achieved via conversation. Contact: dross@albany.twcbc.com or cross12@nycap.rr.com
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - CUTERA GENESISPLUS LASER 
  
Cutera GenesisPlus laser for sale. Three years old and works well on onychomycosis (have not used on warts, scars, or neuromas). Original cost was $60,000--asking only $32,000 - negotiable.  Call (623) 974-3536 and let’s talk.
 
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@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at (800) 284-5451.
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