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February 15, 2016 #5,600 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRY IN THE NEWS
Podiatrist is Hardest-to-Fill Job, According to ASA Index
 
Podiatrist was the hardest occupation to fill in the US, according to the American Staffing Association’s (ASA) fourth-quarter skills gap index, a quarterly index that tracks hard-to-fill occupations in the U.S. The index identified 73 occupations as hard to fill for the fourth quarter of 2015, with the top 10 being:
 
1. Podiatrists
2. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
3. Photographic process workers and processing machine operators
4. Psychiatrists
5. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
6. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists
7. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers
8. Occupational therapists
9. General internists
10. Physical therapists
 
Source: staffingindustry.com [2/11/16]

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ACFAS NEWS
ACFAS Members Elect New Board of Directors
 
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), a national surgical association of over 7,200 foot and ankle surgeons, announces its 2016-2017 Board of Directors: The new Board was installed today at the annual business meeting conducted at the ACFAS 74th Annual Scientific Conference in Austin, Texas.
 
Dr. Sean Grambart
 
President - Sean T. Grambart, DPM, FACFAS
President-Elect - Laurence G. Rubin, DPM
Secretary-Treasurer - John S. Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS
Immediate Past-President -Richard M. Derner, DPM, FACFAS
Directors -Christopher Reeves, DPM, FACFAS, Byron L. Hutchinson, DPM, FACFAS, Scott C. Nelson, DPM, Randal Wraalstad, DPM, FACFAS, T Aksone M. Nouvong, DPM, FACFAS, Thanh L. Dinh, DPM, FACFAS 
Division Presidents Council Chair - Eric G. Walter, DPM, FACFAS

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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
ME Podiatrist Joins Central Maine ASC 
 
Central Maine Orthopaedics' ASC (Auburn),  a surgery center, has added two new physicians in the last year. Matt Perkowski, DO, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, and Brian MacDonald, DPM, is a podiatrist focusing on conditions of the foot and ankle. Physicians perform 2,000 outpatient musculoskeletal procedures a year at CMO's surgery center. 
Dr. Brian MacDonald
 
Dr. MacDonald is a graduate of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, IL. He completed a residency at St. John Hospital, Macomb Center, Harrison Township, MI, and is Board Certified in Foot Surgery/Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery.
 
Source: Anuja Vaidya, Beckers's ASC [2/12/16] 

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PODIATRISTS AND PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
NJ Podiatrist Featured in Exemplary Customer Service Book
 
Dr. Daniel Margolin of the New Jersey Foot and Ankle Center was chosen to be in the book 501 Ways to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Customers. It focuses on easy-to-implement ideas to inspire loyalty get new customers, and make lasting impressions.
 
Dr. Daniel Margolin
 
This book is less of a ‘why is customer service important’ book and more a ‘how to deliver great service’ book, providing the reader with 501 actionable tactics and ideas for providing exceptional customer service. The book concludes with a 30-day plan to prompt and help the reader put everything into action. 

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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
20/20 Imaging Showcases A Diagnostic Ultrasound System  
 
20/20 Imaging, a Konica Minolta Company, specialists in imaging and connectivity technologies, showcased SONIMAGE HS1, a cutting-edge diagnostic ultrasound system, at the NY Podiatric Clinical Conference and Exhibition. SONIMAGE HS1 provides the advantages of real time imaging of soft tissue trauma, needle placement visualization, and localization of foreign bodies. “The response to a recent PM News survey revealed that 43% of podiatrists utilize diagnostic ultrasound in their practice”, says 20/20 President, Bob Salzman. 
 
Dr. Kenneth Meisler demonstrates SONIMAGE HS1
 
Besides fostering patient-doctor interaction during the exam, ultrasound-guided needle injections are more effective than blind procedures. The SONIMAGE HS1 provides a Simple Needle Visualization (SNV) feature which enhances the visual presence of the needle tip, increasing accuracy of the needle placement. Also, the SONIMAGE HS1 is compatible with a wide MHz range transducer which provides superior images during both deep and superficial scanning. The SONIMAGE HS1 ultrasound system is supported by comprehensive training, along with tips on assimilating ultrasound into a podiatry practice. 

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Etransmedia
 
I am considering using a billing company called Etransmedia. I would appreciate it if someone who uses them or has used them would comment on their experience with the company. 
 
Tejas Pandya, DPM, Troy, NY

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QUERIES - MEDICAL/LEGAL
RE: Release of Medical Records
From: Joseph Borreggine, DPM
 
If a "patient" contacts your office requesting copies of their medical records, what is the required HIPAA protocol for them to get their records? We require any patient requesting their medical records to sign a HIPAA "release of medical records" before they receive them. We prefer the patient or their legal representative (parent/guardian) to sign said release in person, but if that is not possible, what is then the next recourse? We also have had responses from other physician offices in our area that when a "patient" calls to get copies of their medical records, they just send copies with no release signed and no questions asked. Is this a HIPAA violation? I appreciate some guidance on release of medical records to a "patient" per HIPAA guidelines.
 
Joseph Borreggine, DPM, Charleston, IL
 
Editor's note: PM News does not provide legal advice. First of all, HIPAA is the minimal standard of privacy. State laws, if stricter, govern as to patient's rights. HIPAA regulations are found in Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulation §164.508 (Uses and disclosures for which an authorization is required). A sample of an acceptable form can be found here. Physicians who release records without a signed authorization assume an unnecessary risk.

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Martin Taubman, DPM
 
Thank you, Dr. Baum, for opening this topic. I pondered the question: Why are podiatrists joining orthopedic groups? To me, the more nteresting question is: Why are orthopedic groups hiring podiatrists? 
 
The answer is simple. There aren’t enough orthopedic foot specialists available. Podiatry is now recognized as the premier profession for treating the foot and ankle. The orthopedic groups want to garner the business, not just for the foot and ankle patients, but...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Taubman's extended-length letter can be read here

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM
 
Dr. Baum asks the (reasonable) question why DPMs would join MD orthopedic groups. I think the answer certainly is pay, even if DPMs are not paid as much as orthopedists. But there is sometimes a "separation" in pay when comparing this to multi-specialty groups: The pay of the DPM resides only in the decision of the orthopod remuneration committee if you work for only orthopedic surgeons. However, if you work for a multi-specialty group, your pay is decided by a mix of practitioners and may be more connected to your actual production. This means if your production exceeds that of other doctors, you may be paid more than them. 
 
Patient billing is done through the MD group, which means that...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Rosenblatt's extended-length letter can be read here.

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TAMPA BAY 
  
Well established, dynamic multi-doctor practice in the Tampa Bay, high-tech with EMR and digital x-rays. Sports medicine, surgery and potential partnership. No NH/ HMOs. Excellent hospital privileges. Choose an area of practice concentration that you are passionate about and enjoy a lifestyle second to none. CV to flpodiatrist@tampabay.rr.com
 
ASSOCIATE WANTED - WESTERN NY/PA 
 
Busy multi-location practice seeks personable energetic hardworking podiatrist. Come utilize the full extent of your Podiatric training! Competitive salary, bonus, and partnership. NY/PA license required. Send CV to: jhs.podiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE WANTED - NORTHERN VIRGINIA 
 
Seeking an associate to join our practice now or summer who is ethical, skilled, hard working, personable to join our team. Candidate must have a minimum PMSR/36 with RRA training.  Must be BC or BQ. Open also to already established seasoned podiatrist.  Email to: novapodjobs@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CALIFORNIA
 
Fast growing podiatry group specializing in long-term care and assisted living facilities seeks Podiatrists all over California immediately. Part-time and full-time positions available. Incredible income potential for the right doctors. Must have a good work ethic, easy-going and friendly attitude. Email CV to footdoctor4u@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION -  NEW JERSEY 
 
Seeking energetic podiatrist. Must speak Spanish. You must be trained in all aspects of Podiatric Surgery including forefoot and rearfoot surgery. Be willing to follow and learn proven systems for practice success. Competitive remuneration package. Position available for Summer 2016.  If you meet all these qualifications, please apply with CV attached. njpod2013-1@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – WISCONSIN 
 
Our well established podiatry practice in central Wisconsin is looking for a full-time Podiatrist to join our team and who enjoys developing long-term care relationships with their patients.   Position will involve seeing patients at Clinic, Assisted Living Facilities, Surgery Centers and Hospitals.  Very competitive salary tgleason@familyfoot.org
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTERN PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS
 
Multi doctor group has an associate position available to join our busy practice. Candidate must have a minimum PMSR/36 with RRA training. Our practice is extremely diversified with all aspects of podiatry including wound care. If you are well trained, outgoing, personable and would like to join our team, please e-mail a cover letter and your cv to joinourgroup2016@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 
 
Excellent opportunity to join a busy high visibility office with digital x-ray, diabetic shoe store, and 5 years experience in EMR. All phases of podiatry. Good patient volume, lots of DME, and steady reliable income stream. Potential for partnership or purchase. Contact samuel10530@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE - NEW JERSEY
 
Modern offices in North and Central Jersey. Partnership potential. Competitive salary, retirement plan with company match, etc. Must be gregarious and have an efficient work ethic. Send CV to  legandfootsurgeon@verizon.net
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS - MISSISSIPPI 
 
Looking for podiatrists to provide comprehensive podiatric care to our nursing home client. Mississippi licensure or ability to apply for MS license is a must. We provide all scheduling, billing, assistant and EMR training. Required is a commitment of at least 2 full days per week and travel within a two hour radius of your home. Very competitive salary. Must be able to pass drug test and criminal background check. Please send CV to: sisaac@hcareforlife.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MANHATTAN 
 
Unique opportunity. Upscale, Park Avenue Manhattan office on Upper East Side. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with the premier innovator in the emerging field of aesthetic podiatry. 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: Levine.Suzanne@gmail.com or call 212-535-0229.
 
PART-TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION – HIALEAH, FL 
 
DPM for part-time office work. No need to be board certified. Minimal routine foot care. Mostly bread & butter podiatry –warts, ingrown nails, heel spur, fractures, etc.  Salary against percentage gross. In-office Shoe store  Spanish helpful. Hialeah FL . Contact Dr. Horowitz @ 305-205-1854 or samsfuture@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TEXAS - DALLAS SUBURBS
 
Seeking well rounded individual to join our well established, modern practice. Surgery, orthopedics, wound care, primary care and sports medicine. Very competitive salary with bonus structure and benefits. Early partnership opportunity for the right person. This is a rare opportunity. Please send letter of interest and CV to: Podiatrysbest@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 
 
Are you finishing your residency in June? Full-time associate leading to partnership. Immediate position available. Busy office with multiple locations. Full scope practice.  ABPS Board qualified/certified. California license required. Benefits included. Inland Empire. Please forward resume to familyfootcenter@verizon.net 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NORTH TEXAS 
 
Are you looking for a group practice in North Texas? Do you like a fast paced environment? Are you board qualified or certified in surgery? Can you start as early as this summer? If you answered yes to ALL of these questions, please send an email to greatplacetowork@faant.com with the caption "I'm your next associate" in the subject line.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – LONG ISLAND, NY 
 
Seeking Full Time podiatrist for two upscale practices located at the Americana Manhasset and Huntington. Excellent work environment 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. phendizadeh@gmail.com. 
 
WOUND CARE FELLOWSHIP - NEW YORK
 
CPME-approved 12-month fellowship beginning July 1st, 2016. Hospital and clinic environment with on-site hyperbaric medicine. Work with infectious disease, vascular, general, and podiatric surgeons in wound management.  Must have completed a 3-year PMSR program. Please contact drarnoldhertz@aol.com OR jtfootcare@gmail.com  EOE
 
FELLOWSHIP – DIABETIC FOOT & WOUND (TEXAS) 
 
One position for a 12-month TMB-approved Diabetic Foot and Wound fellowship beginning July 1, 2016. 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 latonya.rosales@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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