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July 01, 2016 #5,698 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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ACFAS NEWS

ACFAS Exhibits at AANP National Conference

Almost 5,000 nurse practitioners “took a new look at foot and ankle surgeons” last week at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ (AANP) 2016 National Conference in San Antonio. ACFAS President Sean T. Grambart, DPM, FACFAS and staff were on hand in the College’s booth during the conference and spoke to nurse practitioners from across the country on the value of referring patients to foot and ankle surgeons. 

Dr. Sean Grambart at the AANP booth talking to nurse practitioners on why they should refer to foot and ankle surgeons.

Dr. Grambart also spoke with AANP’s Orthopaedic Group Chair and nurse practitioner Michael Zychowicz on ways for AANP and ACFAS to collaborate on future referral and educational programs. The next stop on the campaign trail for “Take a New Look at Foot and Ankle Surgeons” is at the American Association of Diabetes Educators in San Diego in August and the American Academy of Family Physicians in September in Orlando.

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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
Flip-flops are Definitely a Flop: PA Podiatrist
 
Rubber thongs may be your favorite grab-and-go summer footwear, but for the long haul, you need a sandal with more support. “While flip-flops may be the ‘go to,’ quick and convenient summer shoegear for some, they are not ideal for prolonged wear,” says Dr. Barbara A. Davis, a podiatrist at Gilbert Podiatry Associates in Gilbert.
 
Dr. Barbara Davis
 
“Flip-flops do not provide the adequate support needed, which may lead to flat feet and related problems such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, etc. Their thin soles do not provide adequate shock absorption.” Davis says that this could lead to stress being transmitted to the musculoskeletal system, which could cause knee, hip, and back pain.
 
Source: Karen Cimms, Times News Online [6/28/16]

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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS
Novastep Introduces cleanSTART® Sterile Packaged, Single-Use Instruments Kits
 
Novastep, Inc., a global medical technologies company specializing in the foot and ankle, today announced the launch of an innovative range of patent pending, cleanSTART® sterile packaged, single-use instruments kits. The kits are engineered to reduce cross contamination risks and processing costs for outpatient and hospital procedures. Each instrument kit is self-contained for its designation, minimally-sized, and efficiently packaged in a “nested tube” cartridge.
 
Dr. Lowell Weil, Jr.
 
Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, FACFAS, President and Fellowship Director of the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, explained that, “Novastep has not only come up with a superbly engineered portfolio of single-use, sterile packaged instrument kits, but they have also developed a compelling, eco-friendly program that will allow hospitals and surgery centers to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and support healthcare systems in developing nations.”
 
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
5 Steps to Maintaining Your Online Reputation as a Doc- Part 3
 
As a physician, you’ll have to devise a strategy to identify, monitor, and influence your digital reputation and credibility. Here are a few steps you should take to get started:
 
Step 3: Don’t let the “1 star” reviews downturn your reputation.
 
To deal with any negative trends, it’s important for physicians to maintain a fair perspective. These days, it’s the reviews that can bring patients to your practice or cause it to dry up. The real challenge is to deal with the unfavorable/negative reviews from unhappy patients. If left unattended, these can cause havoc on your online reputation.
 
Source: Manish Kumar Chauhan, Physicians Practice

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Recommendations for Point of Sale (POS) for Over-the-Counter Items
From: James R. Hirt, DPM
 
Our office is looking to adopt a point of sale system for monitoring sales of over-the-counter items and to track inventory for re-ordering. If any other offices have successfully used a system, we would much appreciate recommendations of a good system.  
 
James R. Hirt, DPM, Fenton, MI

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1
RE: MSDS Label for Castaderm (Castellani's Paint) (Brad Shollenberger, DPM)
From: Laurie Yorke, RN
 
Here's the MSDS label that  Dr. Shollenberger requested.
 
Laurie Yorke, RN, Practice Manager, Essex Union Podiatry

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2A
From: Allen Jacobs, DPM
 
The impending MACRA implementation may be the canary in the coal mine for private practices of all types. MACRA is certainly a cause for concern. However, the Death Star scenario proposed by some may not prove to be entirely accurate. 
 
1. Institutionally-based podiatrists will continue to prosper; 
2. VA based podiatrists will continue to prosper; 
3. Military podiatrists will continue to...
 
Editor's Note: Dr. Jacobs' extended-length letter can be be read here


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2B
From: Thomas Graziano, DPM, MD
 
Dr. Borreggine's predictive words are telling to say the least. Right now, PAs and NPs are being trained to handle the routine foot complaints most of us see on a daily basis. Will they do it better? Probably not, but insurance carriers don't care. It will be "adequate." Money, whether we like it or not, is the driving force in all of it. Greedy insurers, unethical lawyers and doctors are all driven by it. That fact will never change. The issue will be whether or not you as a physician are willing to accept it.  
 
My bet is podiatrists will accept whatever is paid out to them. Years ago, the late and insightful Dr. Neal Frankel told me that he met with the CEO of a major insurance carrier who told him, "Why should we pay podiatrists more when we know they'll take less?" MACRA is coming with private insurance carriers to follow. You can either bend over and take it or stand up and rekindle some of the pride and integrity you had when you decided to enter podiatry school and get into this "business."
 
Thomas Graziano, DPM, MD, Clifton, NJ

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2C
 
In response to Dr. Joseph Borreggine's comments about podiatry being an "unnecessary" profession and that hospitals have no desire to hire podiatrists, I am a hospital-employed podiatrist, as are many others in my area. I currently practice with 40 other providers including PCPs, neurologists, and general/orthopedic/GI/neurosurgeons. I perform very limited "routine foot care/nail care", maybe 2-3 patients per day out of 30. The main focus of my practice is the day-to-day things we all see, including fasciitis, neuromas, paronychias, etc., as well as a very strong surgical practice (8-10 per week).
 
I consistently rank in the top 3 producers in the group and typically rank as the number 1 producer in the group at least 6 months per year. So, with all due respect, I have to completely disagree with Dr. Borreggine's comments. I think hospitals will quickly find us very valued and welcomed team members once they are aware of our capabilities and realize that not all of us want to make our living selling patients unneeded crap out of our provider-owned retail stores. I personally feel there is a very strong future for podiatry in the hospital era of medicine.
 
Name Withheld

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS)
From: Jon Purdy, DPM
 
In one study, patients preferred their physicians to be in stereotypical physician attire: white coat, name tag, and stethoscope over a shirt and tie for male physicians, and a dress for female physicians. Older patients and private insurance patients were less accepting of blue jeans. (Level of Evidence: 4)
 
In another study, 68% of patients surveyed felt that professional attire inspired the most confidence...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Purdy's extended-length letter can be read here

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Wrong Way Corrigan?

We've all seen patients wearing orthotics incorrectly: left in right shoe and right in left shoe. This patient was wearing her orthotics, shown in the photo, incorrectly for 3+ years. She obtained them from another provider. (You can see her feet imprinted on the top covers of the orthotics.) She came to see me for her chronic plantar fasciitis.
 
Wrong Way Corrigan?
 
When I demonstrated the proper use and placement of her orthotics, she tried on her shoes and was impressed at how well they felt and noticed the support in her MLA. I advised her that if she wore them properly, as much as possible, when walking and standing, her condition would improve and may resolve.
 

Source: Submitted by Dr. Stephen Peslar, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 2 - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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 – REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS, NY
 
Part-Time podiatry practice in the Rego Park/Forest Hills area is looking for another podiatrist, possibly local, to share office space, expenses & overhead. Very Reasonable. Call 917-561-3072
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHERN MICHIGAN 
 
Associate wanted for rapidly growing 5 physician practice. Salary plus incentive. Great opportunity and partnership potential for right person. Have an opportunity in controlling your own destiny….which you will not have working for a hospital or multi-specialty group. Send CV and contact information to: PaulaPMAC@me.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – TEXAS 
 
Seeking  interested associate  to relocate to McAllen  area of Texas. South Texas Podiatry is a two office  practice of 33 years, very high volume from  diabetic foot care ,orthotics and surgery. Considering candidates with intentions of  ownership  opportunity. Submit  CV to jmichaelstowers@gmail.com
 
PART TIME POSITION AVAILABLE  - VENICE, FLORIDA
 
Looking to semi-retire in Florida? Local and need additional work? I have a 2/3 day/week position in Venice and Arcadia Florida. Mostly non-surgical but opportunity exists to expand services. Available starting in October Contact: dougfinkel123@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - BALTIMORE MARYLAND 
 
Associate needed to join a multi office two doctor podiatry practice in the Baltimore Maryland Region. Desired candidate should be surgically trained with Board Eligible/Certification. You must be hard working, ethical, compassionate and confident in your abilities to deal with pathology, patients, staff and fellow physicians.  We will consider a Part Time associate. Competitive income and growth potential for the right associate. Please forward a cover letter, resume and availability to FootDocMaryland@Gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION- LONG ISLAND, NY 
 
Multi-office podiatry practice in Central/Eastern Suffolk County seeks full/part time associate, leading to partnership. New York State license required.  Must be self-motivated and energetic.  Competitive compensation package.  Please email CV to  newpodiatrist@optimum.net.
 
FULL-TIME/PART-TIME PODIATRIST POSITION – ANNAPOLIS, MD 
 
Immediate position available for full-time or part-time. GREAT opportunity to join a thriving practice with an in-office Ambulatory Surgical Center in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland. The associate role is for an independent thinker who is board qualified or certified ABFAS.  Prefer licensed in Maryland but will consider licensing the right candidate.  The capital city of Annapolis is located on the Chesapeake Bay and offers easy access to both Baltimore and D.C. Staff privileges available at the growing Anne Arundel Medical Center.  If you are ready to hit the ground running, email cover letter and resume tomokane@podiatrygroup.us.
 
ASSOCIATE WANTED IMMEDIATELY - NAPLES FLORIDA 
 
Doctor retiring. Great opportunity for PSR- 24/36 BE/BC podiatrist with strong surgical skills to join multi-office practice. Hospital privileges available at 648 bed hospital system, 200 bed hospital system and multiple surgical centers. Florida has a great scope of practice law and we rotate for ER call at all 4 hospitals. Candidate needs to be ethical and motivated. Established practitioner or new practitioner Email CV to Drgordon@gulfcoastfootcare.com.
 
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 – 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.
 
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