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February 02, 2015 #5,285 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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cuttingfeb15


PM NEWS QUICK POLL RESULTS
Results of Last Week's Poll  (Question courtesy Dr. Shauna Lewis)

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

Do you require credit cards to guarantee payment?
 
Gordon Labs

AT THE COLLEGES
Oakin-containing Hydrogel Efficacious in Healing Phenol Matrixectomies: Study 
 
“Healing Efficacy and Participant Outcomes of Chemical Matrixectomies Using a Hydrogel Containing Oakin” published in the 2014 November/December issue of The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) reported, "The median +/- SD time to healing was 7.00 +/- 0.00 days for 80% of the participants (n-43) and 8.85 days for 98% (n=53)." Data reported 98% of the study participants "were completely satisfied with the kit and its healing time,"  and 100%, "found it convenient."
 
Dr. Kristina Barreiro
 
Study authors included Drs. Kristina Barreiro, Masoud Moradi, Thomas Merrill, James Losito, Charles Southerland, and Barbara Buckley from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. The authors concluded “the Oakin-containing hydrogel was efficacious in healing phenol matrixectomies without the need for soaking. Furthermore, we suggest the study hydrogel could also reduce healing times.” 

Redig-thotics


IN THE COURTS

NY Podiatrist Ordered to Pay $1.4M for Malpractice

A Rockland podiatrist has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in damages in a malpractice case brought by the parents of a 12-year-old who can't run or walk without pain after undergoing bunion surgery. Dr. Ira Bernstein, who has offices in Bardonia and Suffern, was found at fault by a Rockland jury for the girl's condition – the second time in less than a year that he was found liable in a malpractice suit.
 
Source: Jane Lerner, The Journal News [1/30/15]

Dr.Comfort


PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF OF THE DAY

7 Ways Docs Can Attract Patients on Facebook - Part 7

7. Analyze and adjust
 
What makes the Facebook advertising platform so powerful is that everything you invest in is easily analyzed and measured. You know how many people are clicking on your ad, taking action on your post, and viewing the ad.
 
If you're getting a good number of clicks, but no actions on the following page, it might mean you are targeting the wrong people who aren't interested in your offer. If your ad is successful, you can consider putting more money into the daily budget to keep driving people towards your desired goal for them. Using the Facebook advertising platform is a skill that takes time to learn. You will learn the most about what works by just jumping in and doing some test posts.
 
Source: Adapted from Adam McConnell, Medpage Today

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (EMR)
RE: No Kiosks in My Office
From: Richard Rees, DPM
 
I have chosen not to try to qualify for MU this year. One of the main reasons is that CMS has decided to hold practitioners responsible for something that other people (patients) have to do that we or our employees cannot do. I fail to see how that is logical. Are we going to be penalized eventually for patients not taking prescribed medication? Is Walgreens going to be penalized in Part D payments because enough people didn't come in for a flu or pneumonia vaccine? Dr. Brody's answer is to set up a kiosk in his waiting room with a computer and an employee to "walk" our patients through the process. My practice is too small for this expensive solution.
 
Richard Rees, DPM, Bellaire, TX

Stablefeb15


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: R. Alex Dellinger, DPM
 
There is no question that this is a problem all across the country. I will tell you that you absolutely need to know what a patient's deductible is and what they would owe BEFORE they get to your office. We verify insurance on EVERY new patient, or an established patient when their insurance changes. It has to be communicated to the patient that payment will be expected at the time of service. And this needs to be communicated as long in advance as possible. 
 
Find out how they are going to pay when they arrive to... 
 
Editor's note: Dr. Dellinger's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Susan M. Weeks, PMAC
 
We have had a financial policy in place for 6 years regarding surgical patients. Our surgery scheduler checks the patient's benefits and then gets the amount of unpaid deductible. We tell the patient at that time that we expect the deductible to be paid 7 days prior to the surgery. This is spelled out in the surgery paperwork packet they receive. If we do not have the deductible by the pre-arranged date, the surgery is cancelled. This year, we have added the co-insurance amount to the required pre-payment as well.
 
The hospitals also want their deductibles at the time of registration and I have made arrangements with the facilities to split the deductibles so the hospital and the surgeon each get a portion. This way, the patient is not paying $1,000 twice. It has worked well. No one balks when we explain that the insurance policy is an agreement between the patient and the insurance company, not us.
 
Susan M. Weeks, PMAC, Knoxville, TN

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1C
From: George F. Jacobson, DPM
 
We require the co-pay to be paid prior to the patient being brought back into the treatment room. The co-pay on several of these plans goes towards the office visit (E&M). If a procedure needs to be done, I tell them that it will go towards their deductible and give them the amount due today. They sign this estimate. Most pay the additional amount, but some say they'll send it in.
 
It would be better to collect before the procedure, but that is a bit tacky. Last year, the government didn't inform us of non-payment of premium by the patient until after 3 months. Therefore, some patients might not even have active insurance. I just got the first one of these (4 visits). These patients may also forfeit the privilege of having me treat them in the future.
 
George F. Jacobson, DPM, Hollywood, FL

MSI


prolabfeb15


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Sai Yalla, PhD, et al.
 
The authors would like to thank Dr. Richie for his interest in the publication. It is admittedly difficult to review an entire study within the confines of a PM News brief. The original PM News story did indicate all balance measures improved. This was intended to reference the assessment of body sway during standing trials, as well as the media-lateral sway during the functional reach test. 
 
The center of mass sway while standing was reduced with AFO use during both the eyes open and closed evaluations. The “functional reach tests” demonstrated a significant improvement in medial lateral postural coordination during...
 
Editor's note: This extended-length letter can be read here

ICD10


YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Foot of the Day

When nursery rhymes go terribly wrong!

Source: Submitted by Dr. Jay Sung

MEETING NOTICES

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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.
 
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 - MULTI-SPECIALTY GROUP IN LOS ANGELES
 
Join the group/ limb preservation team and our teaching faculty. Must be well trained in limb preservation, trauma, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Starting guaranteed base salary of 120,000/yr with incentives & benefits. Send CV with 3 references to podiatricri@yahoo.com attention Stan Mathis, DPM
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NYC
 
New York City Podiatry office seeking an Associate. Part-time or Full-time. Please send  resume podiatry053@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 - 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 - 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
 
IMMEDIATE POSITIONS AVAILABLE - BUFFALO,  ALBANY, AND SYRACUSE NEW YORK 
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and surrounding areas.  Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Positions available immediately! Emailbblock@podiatrym.com inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.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 - INDIANAPOLIS METRO NORTHEAST 
 
If you are a talented and well-liked experienced surgeon, resident, or fellow who wants to develop a career in Indiana, we can make it happen. We are looking to expand service lines. If you have the drive to do what it takes, step forward. Change your life.  100-125K+, benefits and malpractice. Send cover letter, CV, and references to john.lloyd@lloydpodiatry.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.
 
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