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January 24, 2015 #5,278 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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AT THE COLLEGES
IA Podiatrist Added to DMU Board
 
The Des Moines University Board of Trustees voted to add Nicki Nigro, DPM as a member. She will begin serving on the board in March. Dr. Nigro earned a podiatric medical degree from the school’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in 1989.
 
Dr. Nicki Nigro
 
Nigro, her husband, and nephew Dr. Jesse Mytinger are podiatrists at Nigro Foot & Ankle Care, a practice with offices in Shaler, Vandergrift, Natrona Heights, and Cabot. She is an American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons fellow and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association. She is CEO and treasurer of the Podiatry Foundation of Pittsburgh.
 
Source: Mike Wereschagin, Trib Live [1/21/15]

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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Plantar Fasciitis Affects 20% of Patients at Clinic: Singapore Podiatrists
 
While most healthy people would barely give a moment's thought to the simple act of walking, for some, the activity can inflict pain and injury. Any pain due to walking will greatly reduce one's quality of life, said Daphne Tan, a podiatrist at National University Hospital's (NUH) Rehabilitation Centre. Indeed, walking-related injuries are not just confined to the feet, said Chelsea Law, principal podiatrist at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. "Pain can be felt throughout the entire limb chain - the shin, the knee, the thigh and the hip. The lower limb bones and joints are interconnected. Movement at a joint affects other joints," she said.
 
Daphne Tan
 
Long hours of walking, carried out over a period of time, can strain the heels and arches of the feet. What results is a common condition called plantar fasciitis, which causes pain at the bottom of the feet. This is probably one of the most common problems seen at NUH's musculoskeletal clinic, with an estimated 20 per cent of patients undergoing rehabilitation there affected by it, said Tan.
 
Source: Poon Chian Hui, The Straits Times [1/24/15]
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
Health of Feet Affects Overall Health: IL Podiatrist
 
Dr. Paul Brezinski
 
Bernice A. King, well known as an American minister and youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has now partnered with Gravity-Defyer, a wellness shoe company. According to Paul F. Brezinski, DPM, “The health of your feet, despite their distance from your heart, can affect your overall health.” Dr. Brezinski is a past president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and is a published author and lecturer on topics in podiatry.
 
Source: Virtual Strategy.com [1/22/15]

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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
NY Podiatrist Recommends Armor1 Ankle Roll Guard for Ankle Sprain Protection
 
The Armor1 Ankle Roll Guard is a new, patented (U.S. Patent No. 7,849,611) support that prevents ankle sprains by cushioning the ankle from an inversion or "roll." Unlike a brace, it fits securely around the outside of any shoe type and allows the user to retain ankle mobility and comfort, while still offering protection against sprains.
 
Dr. Charles Morelli
 
"I recommend the Armor1 Ankle Roll Guard to some of my ankle patients…it is a viable alternative to braces for chronic lateral ankle instability."  - Charles Morelli, DPM, FACFAS, Sound Shore Podiatry & Foot Surgery.
 
Source: WOLF (Fox) [1/22/15]

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E-HEALTH NEWS
Distressed Docs Turn Up Heat on ONC
 
A coalition of 35 physician organizations led by the American Medical Association says docs are fed up with their electronic health records and the multitude of requirements that come from the federal meaningful use program. They have a seven-point plan for relief: 1) Decouple EHR certification from the meaningful use program. 2) Reconsider alternative software testing methods. 3) Establish greater transparency and uniformity on user-centered design testing and process results. 4) Incorporate exception handling into EHR certification. 5) Develop CCDA guidance and tests to support exchange. 6) Seek further stakeholder feedback. 7) Increase education on EHR implementation.
 
"Among physicians there are documented challenges and growing frustration with the way EHRs are performing," the coalition writes in its Jan. 21 letter to Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Karen DeSalvo, MD. "Many physicians find these systems cumbersome, do not meet their workflow needs, decrease efficiency, and have  limited, if any, interoperability."
 
Source: Bernie Monegain, Healthcare IT News [1/22/15]

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF OF THE DAY

7 Ways Docs Can Attract Patients on Facebook - Part 4

4. Get right to the point
 
Facebook ads that generate the highest click through rate at the lowest cost include ad text that cuts through the noise and gets to the point. It doesn't leave the audience guessing at the meaning and it doesn't beat around the bush.
 
Text in your advertisement must be right on target and straight to the point. If you want them to Like your page, simply ask. If you want them to make an appointment, get right to it.
 
Source: Adapted from Adam McConnell, Medpage Today

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QUERIES (DME)
Query: Enrollment Fee for Re-validation Request for DMEPOS
 
I recently received a revalidation request from Palmetto GBA to re-validate enrollment information with the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) as a supplier of DMEPOS using the Internet-based Pecos system. As a podiatrist who has provided DME products and supplies for many years, I understand I have to re-validate every 3 years. My question is, are physicians (including podiatrists) exempt from having to pay the $553 enrollment fee? In the past, I believe we did not have to pay the enrollment fee, as we were exempt due to the hard work of organizations such as APMA and others. The re-validation request stated that they are using new screening guidelines now. 
 
Thomas G. Werner, DPM, Russellville, AR 

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: 10" x 12" Collimator
 
Does anyone know if an 10" x 12" collimator is still made?  It replaces the collimator cone on a Phillips Oralix 65 dental x-ray unit to allow one to take 10" x 12" x-rays of feet. It is a small square box with an antenna attached, so the distance between the unit and the cassettes are accurate.
 
Hartley Miltchin, DPM, Toronto, Canada

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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: GraftJacket Plantar Fat Pad Augmentation
 
How would you code placement of an acellular matrix (using the parachute technique) for augmentation of the fat pad underlying a lesser metatarsal head? Or more than one? I was thinking of using CPT 15002 wound bed preparation with CPT 15777 (implantation of biologic implant [e.g., acellular dermal matrix] for soft tissue reinforcement [e.g., breast, trunk]) for graft placement, as it is not a stand-alone code. Or does this fall in the unlisted procedure box? 
 
Wendy Winckelbach, DPM, Greenwood, IN
 
Response: There is no code for this. I believe the most appropriate code is CPT 28899 (unlisted procedure, foot or toes). CPT 15002 is not appropriate because there was no wound bed preparation performed. I suggest you pre-certify or check with the payer before performing this procedure as some may consider this "experimental" and not reimburse it. 
 
Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, Springfield, PA 
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: George Jacobson, DPM
 
I also attended SAM 2015 and came away feeling that the government is wasting our time; and if we don't comply and waste our time, we will be penalized. Medical errors have increased since EHR implementation. PQRS data is not being used to improve quality. I visited my brother, a radiation oncologist, while at SAM and discussed some of what I gleaned at SAM. He has a great take on PQRS. He believes they are trying to make us do primary care medicine that has little to do with our specialties. 
 
Other specialists are just as burned up by all this. It takes away from patient care, yet by not doing... 
 
Editor's note: Dr. Jacobson'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

Non-deflatable "foot"balls?

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POSITION WANTED
 
3rd year surgical resident seeking position starting this summer. Looking to help practice grow for a potential long-term position. Self motivated, hard working, honest and personable. Well trained in all facets of podiatry including rearfoot, ankle, reconstruction and trauma, in addition to wound care and general podiatry. Specific interest in sports medicine and trauma. From Chicagoland with ties to the Midwest. Currently looking in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado, but willing to move for the right situation. Please contact me at PMNewsAd@gmail.com if interested.
 
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 - SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY 
 
Full Time position for someone who is motivated, and enjoys all aspects of podiatry. Must be board qualified. Great office with wonderful staff, EHR, Digital x-ray, and much more. Salary plus bonus. Email Resume: NJfootdr722@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 - SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.  
 
Established thirty year practice seeks responsible motivated Associate to become part of a growing upscale community.  All phases of podiatry, multi-office practice.  Hospital and Surgery Center.  E-mail CV & letter of introduction to Litebill@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MICHIGAN
 
Multi-doctor practice looking to add associate for two offices in Flint, MI area. Partnership opportunity for right person. We are looking for a surgically proficient doctor. Rearfoot/ankle training is a plus, but not a necessity. Competitive salary with paid vacation and seminars. Patient schedule available “now” from a retiring associate. Email resume to giordanodpm@hotmail.com.  
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – LAPLATA, MARYLAND
 
Well-established practice with multiple offices located just south of Washington DC. Practice amenities include EHR, digital x-ray, state-of-the-art surgical suite, shoe stores, PADnet, and large support staff. Recently renovated hospital minutes away.  This is an extremely busy practice with high patient, new patient, and surgical volume with both forefoot and rearfoot surgery. We enjoy a large referral base due to our own practice marketer. We are looking for a highly motivated, personable individual. Must be well trained in forefoot and rearfoot surgery at PMSR-36/RRA. Competitive base salary with bonus structure. Send CV to: feet_r_neat@aol.com  
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION LEADING TO PARTNERSHIP NORTHERN VIRGINIA
 
Well established high volume  Podiatric Surgical practice seeking associate to join 4 doctor/2 office opportunity. Excellent salary plus incentives and great benefits. All Board Certified Fellow Podiatric Surgeons highly respected in the medical community. Prefer forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive surgical trained practitioners only. Please email CV and references to medical 622@aol.com. If you are seeking a position in July 2015 when you finish your residency, this is an opportunity you should investigate.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - EAST ORANGE, NJ 
 
Part time or Full time position available in modern up-to-date practice. PSR 24-36 trained individual, but previous practice experience a plus. Looking for the right person to buy into the practice within 1 year. Send CV to DRFOOT44@gmail.com
 
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. Salary range $120k-$140k (base + bonus) and benefits. Please send Letter of Interest and CV to:scdpmjobs@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - PT/FT - NY (WESTCHESTER/ROCKLAND) 
 
Well-established, cutting-edge, modern private practice in multi-specialty office with over 45 years experience looking to hire an enthusiastic and passionate Podiatrist for PT/FT.  We serve the Rockland, Westchester, and entire Tri-State Areas successfully with full diagnostic and treatment facilities, including: Fluoroscope, Diagnostic Sonogram, PinPointe Laser, Juvederm, ESWT, and in-house physical therapy.  Affiliated with local hospitals and privileges available.  Surgical skills preferred but not required.  Join our friendly and knowledgeable office staff with decades of experience! An entrepreneurial and medical opportunity combined! Guaranteed signing bonus.  Send CV and cover letter to: linchpindpm@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MIAMI, FL
 
Associate needed - house calls, etc. Miami, Dade, Florida. Please contact Lcohn1952@aol.com 305-338-4668
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - FORT WORTH, TX
 
25-year-old practice is seeking a personable, hard-working, self-motivated individual looking to practice in Fort Worth Texas. Candidate must be board qualified/certified by ABFAS. Office is state-of-the-art offering EMR, digital x-ray and orthotics, ultrasound, multiple lasers. Full-service opportunity including pediatrics, DME, wound care, hospital consultation, surgery center membership opportunities, pharmacy ownership opportunity, ancillary income opportunity.  In MS Word format,  Please email resume/CV, photo and References to gbeededpm@sbcglobal.net.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TEXAS
 
Seeking three-year surgically trained podiatrist for busy podiatric medical and surgical practice in Texas. Must be hard-working,   open to direction, and willing to do all phases of podiatric foot and ankle care. Please send CV, and salary history  to: jmh6122@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – FL 
 
BQ in Foot & RA required: candidate for 1 year post-residency fellowship in FL. Add to your knowledge and skills on: Reconstructive RRA surgery, arthroscopy of STJ / ankle, sports medicine and practice management. ACFAS poster and research project. Starts 8/2015. Send resumes to: mny1029@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – TEXAS 
 
Seeking three-year surgically trained podiatrist for busy podiatric medical and surgical practice in Texas. Must be hard-working, open to direction, and willing to do all phases of podiatric foot and ankle care. Please send CV, and salary history to: jmh6122@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION -  HOME FOOT CARE, INC.-GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA 
 
Join the fastest growing podiatric house call company on the West coast!  Part/full time, we schedule around you & your area, EMR, electronic billing, payment monthly, excellent road support staff. great for new graduates, semi-retired, building own practice, or anyone looking to make extra income. email CV to:homefootcare@hotmail.com check us out @ www.footdocs2u.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.
 
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
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SAN JOSE, CA
 
Podiatry and Mani Pedi Spa Practice for sale. Located in the Medical Center with a strong Brand Name and Internet Presence. This cash practice grossed $349,000 with office based Podiatry care plus Manicures, Pedicures, and Skin Care with a fully trained staff. The sale includes a modern office with four treatment rooms, patient’s lists on EMR, web site and a Pinpoint Foot Laser. This is a “turn-key” practice. Ready for full-time expansion. Price to sell $84,000. Email: schrisdpm@sbcglobal.net Website: www.NeatFeetPlus.com 
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - Q-CLEAR MULTI-FUNCTION LASER 
 
Q-Clear Laser Multi-function laser, FDA-cleared Fungus Toenails, and Warts. Less than three years old. Excellent condition, includes training certification and  marketing materials.  e-mail Footcare@comcast. net
 
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.
 
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