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October 25, 2014 #5,199 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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AT THE COLLEGES
NYCPM Professor Triply Honored by Emord & Associates
 
Melvyn Grovit, DPM, MS, the Sidney Solid Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Podiatric Medicine at NYCPM and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Division of Molecular Genetics, Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, won three awards for excellence at the “Sacred Fire of Liberty Gala”. The celebration and awards program honors both George Washington and the firm’s 20th anniversary in September in Maryland. Individuals were selected to receive awards in a number of categories based on nominations the firm received throughout 2013 and 2014. 
 
Dr. Melvyn Grovit
 
Dr. Grovit was among the winners for: Excellence in Medical Research, Excellence in Integrative Medicine, and Excellence in Nutrition Science. Emord & Associates is a constitutional and administrative law firm with several areas of expertise, including Medical Science. Its two-day gala featured personalities from television, film, and music, and notable speakers in many fields.
 
Source: Footprints [10/15/14]

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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
NY Podiatrist Appointed to St. Mary’s Hospital of Troy
 
St. Mary’s Hospital of Troy, a member of St. Peter’s Health Partners, has announced the appointment of Dr. Richard T. Bauer, III, podiatrist, at its Mobile Hyperbaric Centers. Bauer, who also operates his own practice in Latham, has a bachelor of science degree with a major in biochemistry from Siena College, and a degree in podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency in podiatric medicine and surgery with reconstructive rearfoot and ankle certification at St. Barnabas Hospital, a Level I trauma center in the Bronx, where he also served as chief resident in podiatric and orthopedic service.
 
Dr. Richard T. Bauer, III
 
A resident of Saratoga, Bauer is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is also affiliated with several professional societies, including the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Medicine, American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and American Podiatric Medical Association.
 
Source: Troy Record [10/22/14]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
NE Podiatrist Celebrates 10 Years of Podiatric Progress 
 
Upon his arrival in McCook in July of 2004, Dr. Rob Hinze already had 12 appointments booked at the brand new High Plains Podiatry clinic. "My wife, Jennifer, did all the preparation. She researched the need for podiatry services in the McCook area. And, after determining the need was great, she arranged the financing, organized the office, and did the advertising." Her efforts were necessary because Dr. Hinze was completing his training as a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. "While I was taking my boards, Jennifer was back in Nebraska, making arrangements to start the clinic."
 
Dr. Rob Hinze and Staff (L-R) Ashlie DaCosta, Judy Boucher, Jennifer Hinze and Linda Kruger.
 
Ten years later -- looking back on a decade of growth and advances in surgical techniques and technology -- the Hinzes are grateful to the community, the region, and the podiatric surgery profession for the reception they received. "The timing could not have been better," Dr. Hinze said. "At the same time we started our practice, foot and ankle surgical methods were making great strides forward. In earlier years, lots of attention was focused on hip and knee surgeries. Then, in the early 2000s, manufacturers began making incredible advances in foot and ankle plates and screws," Dr. Hinze said. The result was much faster healing times and much greater relief for foot pain. "High Plains Podiatry has grown every single year," Rob and Jennifer said. "We see between 100 and 200 patients every week."
 
Source: Gene O. Morris, McCook Gazette [10/21/14]

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OUTSIDE INTERESTS
NJ Podiatrist Participates in Karate Tournament With Her Daughters
 
Dr. Sharon I. Monter, the president of the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society, recently competed in a karate tournament along with her two daughters. The ladies competed in Kata, which means "form". Kata is a Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements. Through physical practice, the pattern becomes second nature, done with little conscious attention.
 
(L-R) Elyse and Alexis Hoffman with Dr. Sharon Monter
 
The ladies competed in different groups as they all hold different ranks. Pictured above are Elyse, who is a blue belt and took 2nd place in her division and Alexis, who is a brown belt and took 1st place in her division. Dr. Monter, a green belt, placed 3rd in her division.

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Practice Appraisers
 
A recent Podiatry Management article discussed practice appraisals. Just as one should interview accountants and lawyers, I am looking for names of practice appraisers to be considered for the job. I was wondering if there are appraisers that others have used and were pleased with. Has anyone used an appraiser who was not "podiatry-specific"?  If so, were they happy with that route and, in hind-sight, what were the pros/cons?
 
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Correct Diagnosis for CPT 97760 
 
What diagnosis is used for orthotic training, CPT 99760 - orthotic(s) management and training (including assessment and fitting when not otherwise reported), upper extremity(s), lower extremity(s) and/or trunk, each 15 minutes? Is it billed bilateral also? 
 
Stanley Luksenburg, DPM, Fairview Park, OH
 
Response: The diagnosis code you would use in a dispensing/post-dispensing encounter would be the one that describes the condition or symptoms presented by the patient that led you to dispense the orthosis in the first place. ICD-9 does not have an "encounter for" code for the purpose of training the patient on a DME. 
 
Be aware that Medicare includes the dispensing, fitting, and "training" in the value of the orthosis. You would not separately bill Medicare CPT 97760. Non-Medicare payers, it has been my experience, if aware that you billing CPT 97760 in conjunction for custom foot orthosis dispensing, will not reimburse you CPT 97760. They may, depending on the individual payer's policy, reimburse you for a low level E/M service. 
 
If you dispensed two lower extremity orthoses for some reason (other than custom foot orthotics), you would bill CPT 99760 based on time - 15 minute increments of medically necessary training - not for each device. 
 
Harry Goldsmith, DPM, Cerritos, CA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: Joe DeTrano
 
Having worked at two medical billing services over the course of about 15 years and having dealt with hundreds of DPMs I can give two pieces of advice. I also do not work at a billing firm now or deal with podiatrists, so I am not trying to solicit business. First, make sure you get DPM references. If they do not handle podiatry, go somewhere else. Also, some billing firms have 100 employees and multiple offices, while some are home-based businesses and are billing out of the kitchen. Both are fine depending on what you are looking for, but check to see what is better for your needs. If you have associates, large volume, nursing homes, ASCs, etc., go with a bigger firm.
 
Second, you get what you pay for. It should take about a month for the switch, and it helps if you end on good terms with your current company as they still would have to follow up on everything out there, as they would need to get paid also. Check your contract as far as how much time is needed to give them or when the date runs out. Don't tell them you are leaving until it's official.
 
Joe DeTrano, Medical/Medical Data Resource Providers, joedetrano@gmail.com

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1A
RE: The Passing of Neal Frankel, DPM
From: Bret Ribotsky, DPM
 
There is so much to say about the untimely passing of a true friend doing what he loved, passing at least 30 years too early. Our profession will continue to be rewarded that Neal chose to become a DPM. My interview with Neal on Meet the Masters, April 13, 2010 was uplifting, as Neal had a passion for advancing healthcare for the podiatrist. He made great strides, and I really think everyone will get tremendous value listening to Neal’s words again. Sit back, listen, and celebrate his life and passion, from his own words. Dr. Frankel, your life truly made a difference – your legacy will live forever within all DPMs. RIP.
 
Bret Ribotsky, DPM, Boca Raton, FL 

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1B
RE: The Passing of Neal Frankel, DPM
From: Sid Sharp, DPM
 
Although I did not speak to or see Neal in over 20 years, the fondness and memories of his closeness and friendship during the four years that we spent together at ICPM has never left me. My wife and I and our circle of friends enjoyed many an evening together with Neal socially during our time living in Chicago. Therefore, on a very personal level, beyond his commitment to his fellow students and the profession, I can attest to the fact that he was a true “mench.” His presence on earth will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I know his spirit will live on forever. 
 
Sid Sharp, DPM, Cherry Hill, NJ

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1C
RE: The Passing of Neal Frankel, DPM
From: Bill Lockner, DPM 
 
Neal was a classmate of mine. He helped ALL his classmates have an easier time with their studies. After graduation, he helped a large group of podiatrists band together which, in turn, made all their lives easier. Neal, if you have put the note group back together again, when I get up there and join you, count me in! Rest in peace my friend!
 
Bill Lockner, DPM, Minneapolis, MN 
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Absurd ICD-10 Code of the Day

What you have all been waiting for. There are now three specific billing codes to identify how patients were injured by a turtle. Bitten by a turtle? Use one code. Struck by a turtle?
 
Bite by a turtle? There's an ICD-10 code for that.
 
Try a different code. If the treatment was due to just the basic injurious contact with a turtle, there is yet another code for that. See codes W59.21XA, W59.21XA and W59.219XA.
 
Source: Healthworks Collective
MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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FULL-TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA 
 
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ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL FLORIDA 
 
Associate wanted for well-established practice in central Florida. Experienced support staff, malpractice coverage and health insurance provided. Excellent opportunity for a promising future. To apply please go to www.yourcareerinpodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SEATTLE WA AREA
 
General podiatry practice with offices in Kirkland, Everett and Renton seeking an associate. Must be board qualified or certified by ABFAS. Must be self-motivated, Office is state of art with EHR, digital x-ray, ultrasound, laser. Salary with bonus and benefits. Email resume with cover letter:seattlefootdoctor@yahoo.com
 
INDIANAPOLIS-BASED PODIATRY GROUP SEEKING FULL-TIME HOSPITALIST PODIATRIST 
 
Very busy established practice has an immediate position available for a full-time hospital on-call podiatrist. We service two of the largest hospital organizations in Indianapolis and are in need of a hospital podiatrist to manage a high volume call schedule with 2 office clinic days per week. PSR-24 Required. Base salary plus commission, benefits and malpractice included. Contact Marla Watson, Practice Manager:marlakwatson@aol.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 – NEW YORK CITY  
 
Podiatrist wanted Full or Part-time in New York City. Podiatrist must be willing to travel to several different locations and a very hard worker. Please send  email  tonypod123@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – BRIDGEVIEW, IL 
 
Seeking a highly motivated Podiatrist for a part-time position (two to three days a week) mainly performing home visits, with potential for growth. Transportation, equipment, and a medical assistant are provided to assist the podiatrist.  Call 708-477-6512 or email podiatry_123@yahoo.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MICHIGAN  
 
Professional Foot & Ankle Centers of Davison and Lapeer is seeking personable and self-motivated associate(s) looking to build a career and long-term relationship/partnership.  Must have PM&S 36 or equivalent training with a good work ethic and strong surgical skills.  ER call and affiliation with a major wound care center is available.  Modern offices with EMR and a fantastic staff.  Competitive salary, bonus, benefits.  E-mail CV with cover letter to: contactus@professionalfoot.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PART TIME – NEW JERSEY 
 
Very busy practice is seeking a PT associate in the Toms River, NJ area. Office is state of the art with electronic EHR, digital x-rays, ultrasound and fully trained medical assistants. High RNC.  Must have great people skills, bedside manner, and positive demeanor. Please email toesec@aol.com.  Looking for associate to start ASAP.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - LONG ISLAND 
 
30+ year old practice located on a busy street. Referrals from Doctors, Senior residence and Hospital in the community. Neighborhood is very family oriented.  Good mix of general podiatry, sports injuries, DME; seniors, working population and children. Please contact: drlschwartz@hotmail.com.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SOUTH MIAMI, FLORIDA
 
Well established practice on campus at the most prestigious hospital in South Florida.  Doctor willing to participate in transition. Contact: kendallpodiatry@gmail.com
 
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