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February 17, 2011 #4,087 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

NY Podiatrist Discusses Raynaud's Disease

"When it comes to cold, most people think of frostbite, but I often see another condition called Raynaud's disease or phenomenon, which causes a lot of confusion. This condition is caused by a vasospasm, where people get a decreased blood flow to the tips of the fingers or the toes," says podiatrist Dr. James Hanna.

Dr. James Hanna

"People come into my office and say, 'I must have gout, or an infection such as athlete's foot', because they have swelling, itching, discoloration, redness, or pain. The treatment for this condition is removal from cold. It's important that people wear the right shoes and insulated socks to protect themselves from the cold," says Hanna.  

Source: Patrick Taney, Ginger Geoffery, WKBW [2/3/11]

Orthofeet


AT THE COLLEGES

Three Faculty from WesternU Named to NAP

Drs. Robert Christman, Jonathan Labovitz, and Aksone Nouvong of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine have been named as 2011 distinguished practioners by the National Academy of Practices. Dr. Christman is Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Instructional Technology. Dr. Labovitz is Chair, Department of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Biomechanics, and Dr. Nouvong serves as Assistant Dean, Clinical Affairs.

Drs. Robert Christman, Jonathan Labovitz, and Aksone Nouvong

They join distinguished practitioners and past NAP academy members Dr. Lawrence B. Harkless, Dean; Dr. Lester Jones, Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; and Dr. Kathleen Satterfield, Associate Professor, who serves as current Membership Chairman of the NAP Podiatry Academy. The NAP promotes interdisciplinary healthcare models and task forces, identifying policies and barriers that affect practice. The black-tie induction ceremony will be held March 25-26 in Arlington, VA.

Dr.Comfort


PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY

NY Podiatrist Takes Icy Plunge for Charity

Podiatrist Andrew Shapiro, and his wife, Marsha, both from Lido Beach, NY, took the plunge on Super Bowl Sunday into the frigid Atlantic ocean waves in Long Beach, NY. This was the fourth year in a row that they did this for Make-A-Wish Foundation. They were among at least 5,000 people who jumped into the Atlantic Ocean for the 11th annual Long Beach Polar Bear Club dip. Organizers expect to raise over a half a million dollars from this event. The Shapiros raised over four thousand dollars.

Dr. Andrew Shapiro and his wife Marsha

The Super Bowl Sunday tradition started in 2001 with two friends who began collecting funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation to honor the memory of their friend's 4-year-old son, who died of cancer. To date, they've raised more than $2 million to grant wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions.
 

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APMA COMPONENT NEWS

APMWA Announces 25th Annual Student Writing Competition

The American Podiatric Medical Writers Association has announced its 25th Annual Student Writing Competition.

  • All papers MUST be non-technical in nature. Appropriate subjects include practice management, ethics,or any topic that would be suitable for a lay publication.
  • There is no word limitation. Papers will be graded for content, style, grammar, neatness, and overall impact.
  • First prize will be one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), sponsored by an APMA Educational Foundation endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Steven Berlin, and recognition in the APMA NEWS and the APMWA Newsletter. Honorable Mention Certificates may also be awarded.
  • This competition is open to ANY enrolled podiatric student.
  • Entries must be received by 4/1/11 via e-mail at bblock@podiatrym.com
  • Entries become the property of APMWA, which may arrange publication of the entry.

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MEETING NEWS

On-line Board Review Course Hits Record Number

The Goldfarb Foundation started offering an online format for the Board Review Course in 2006, in addition to its classroom format, in order to market the growing segment of the population wanting online courses in the comfort of their own home or office. Each year since then, the number of those choosing to take the Board Review Course online in ‘real time’ has increased, from 33 in 2006 to 63 for the upcoming course on February 24-27, 2011, the highest to date. “I’m not surprised at the numbers for the on-line format this year. Dr. Goldfarb was an innovator in his day, and kept up with the times. The Foundation is always seeking ways to bring podiatric education to all DPMs much more readily, to make the course more convenient,” says Dr. John Marty, President of the Goldfarb Foundation. 

Dr. John Marty

Online attendees, using a high-speed Internet connection, are linked into the classroom lectures going on at the Marriott Philadelphia Airport Hotel and basically have a ‘virtual seat’ in the classroom. It is the direction for the future, saves travel costs, and usually gives the same amount of CE credits because it is in ‘real’ time.

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PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW

ME Podiatrist to Plea Guilty to Drug Charges

A podiatrist whose home and office were raided by federal drug agents in November agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to a drunken driving charge in state court. John Perry, 49, of Cumberland is expected to enter the plea at a March 3 hearing. He likely faces a fine and suspension of his driver's license, and will be required to report the operating-under-the-influence conviction to the state licensure board for podiatrists, which will review the case for possible disciplinary action.

In addition to the two state charges, Perry is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Agents raided his business, Atlantic Foot & Ankle Center in Portland, on Nov. 17. Perry's house also was searched. Perry shut down his podiatry practice at the end of the year.

Source: Trevor Maxwell, Portland Press Herald [2/10/11]

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY

Do Your Slides Pass the Billboard Test?"

Improve slides by using the “billboard test.” Each transparency or screen you use in a presentation should show something people could read and understand while cruising down the highway. If they couldn’t do so, your slide is too complicated.

Source: Communication Briefings [February 2011]

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QUERIES (MEDICAL-LEGAL)

Query: To Shred or Save?

I have been using a highly efficient EMR system for over a year and would now like to begin a document shredding routine on all newly received original documents 30-90 days after they have been scanned into my EMR system and checked for appearance in the patient’s electronic file. What are other offices doing with their paper? Is there any need to save original documents received any longer than that if they are part of an electronic record?

Bruce Krell, DPM, Chandler, AZ

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL)

RE: Cavernous Hemangioma
From: Roody Samimi, DPM

I would refer the patient to a vascular surgeon for possible sclerosing options and have the surgeon remove it with further vessel ligation, as they know how.  She may also require further imaging such as with IV dye/MRI, etc. for other more proximal sources as one can get with hemi-hypertrophy type syndromes. I would not even offer amputation as an option for this patient; that would unnecessarily decrease her lifespan and possibly cause her phantom pain or further pain depending on how proximal her engorgements start.

Roody Samimi, DPM, Cincinnati, OH, roody.samimi@gmail.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: EHR/EMR Gouging
From: JM Cortez, DPM

Does anybody else feel some EHR/EMR vendors are taking advantage of our situation? For example, I purchased a software when all this HighTech Act and Meaningful Use was just a rumor. Back then, the price was about $5,000, not including my yearly maintenance fee of $660. Just last year, a couple of colleagues of mine were considering adding an EHR/EMR system to their practice. I was surprised to find the same program now costs double the price I paid. I recently found that my vendor wants to increase my maintenance fee to $800/year, despite the previous agreed upon contractual amount. I am glad my wife works in the IS department of her hospital, because she informed me they can't do that. I was shocked to find that the upgrade for billing costs almost $12,000. You've got to be kidding me was all I said to my sales representative.

I have heard that about 85% of all physicians do not have an EHR/EMR system in place. My wife informs me that some of the doctors whom she has to train do not even have an Internet connection or computers in their offices. I am very concerned that because of the situation we are being put into, many EHR/EMR vendors will double or even triple their prices and/or start adding extra fees. It makes me wonder where is the APMA/AMA, and why are they not protecting us from being fleeced by a pack of hungry wolves?

JM Cortez, DPM, Simi Valley, CA, jmcdoc@roadrunner.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2

H&Ps for Podiatrists (Robert Bijak, DPM)
From: Multiple Respondents

In May of 2003, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners voted to allow podiatrists to perform H&P's on any level patient. It was after review and testimony of podiatric medical school professors and programs that the Board felt comfortable with the podiatric evaluation. The Board was made up of 22 members: two osteopaths, 4 public members, 1 PA, 1 Nurse Midwife, 15 MDs, and a sole podiatrist (me). Dr. Bijak should do his homework before he cries in public about his chosen profession.

James C Ricketti, DPM, Hamilton Sq, NJ, drj4foot2002@netscape.net

While Dr. Bijak may be right for the most part about not wanting a podiatrist performing an H&P on him, we do not need to get lost on semantics here. Are you sure ALL MDs (and DOs) are capable of performing a thorough H&P after many years out of their FIRST YEAR INTERNSHIP and practicing their selected specialty? Would you trust an orthopedic surgeon, an ophthalmologist, a dermatologist, a neurosurgeon, or even a neurologist to do so? Make no mistake, no one will be as thorough as an internist or general practitioner, and yet things may still be missed. After all, isn't it why they call it a medical practice?
 
Narmo L. Ortiz, Jr., DPM, Cape Coral, FL, nlortizdpm@embarqmail.com

Many of us have been trained and required to perform H&P's along-side of allopathic students in our medical rotations and in our residencies. The value in training with MD students is that you can compare and improve your skills. More often than not, our ability to provide this evaluation measures up well.
 
The purpose of a pre-op H&P is not to rule out every possible obscure pathology that might exist. The purpose is to assess whether patients have specific risk factors that would render them unfit for anesthesia. This is no different whether you have an MD degree or whether you have a DPM degree. If our graduates can't do this, then we are doing something wrong. 

If you were trained before performing an adequate H&P was required, then you can learn or refer to a colleague. The last thing we want to do is stand in the way of our qualified graduates or to impede the progress of our profession.

Matthew Roberts, DPM, Miami, OK, matrob@pol.net

MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 3

RE: Universal Training of DPMs
From: Kathleen Neuhoff, DPM

Those residents whom I have worked with have had terrific work ethics, have been extremely respectful and were well prepared (except possibly in non-surgical biomechanics). Perhaps your selection process or mentoring program are deficient.

We do NOT need fewer new graduates. Our profession is very small and the need for our work is increasing. If we are not large enough to have a "presence" in the medical community, we will be overwhelmed by other medical practitioners who will be glad to take over our role.  

Kathleen Neuhoff, DPM, South Bend, IN, vetpod@aol.com

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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CLASSIFIED ADS

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ASSOCIATE POSITION - WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA 
 
A great opportunity to join a very busy, well-established, diversified practice in Clearwater, FL. Seeking an associate who has the drive and desire to work hard, has strong work ethics, and is very personable. BC/BE and minimum PSR24 +. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Send resume to Jaye@fdn.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION NYC (PART TIME) 

Manhattan (East Harlem) Community Health Center. Experienced podiatrist with commitment to providing quality care. Bilingual Spanish a plus Please forward resume and cover letter including salary requirement. FAX: (212) 360-6149 Email:  orodriguez@boriken.org

ASSOCIATE POSITION - CHARLOTTE, NC

Well-established multi-office practice looking for personable, motivated associate leading to partnership. Excellent opportunity in a growing area. Contact charpodiatry@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION/PARTNERSHIP - CHICAGO

Chicago Podiatric Surgeons, one of Chicago’s leading podiatric practices, is searching for a FT podiatric surgeon. Applicant must be a personable and confident surgeon with ability to manage surgical patients independently and be at least board qualified. High compensation. Will be working in new 7000 sf state of the art office in AN upscale Chicago neighborhood. Ownership/partnership opportunities. Send letter of intent and CV to drcarr@chicagopodiaty.com

IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE- ASSOCIATE POSITION - DAYTON, OHIO

Join a well-established modern practice with an excellent reputation and referral base. Base salary $100,000 and benefits with a bonus structure. EMR, diagnostic ultrasound, all aspects of DME, Padnet vascular studies, and CO2 lasers. We seek a surgeon that is well trained, personable and motivated to join our group of 3 Podiatric Surgeons. Would like this individual to buy in the practice eventually. Please send resume to ohiodoctors@aol.com

PART-TIME / FULL-TIME PODIATRIST NEEDED ASAP - CHICAGO

Part-time podiatrist needed for 2 offices in Chicago with an average of 20 hours/week. Must have Illinois license. Must have completed 2 years of surgical residency. If qualified, email to: A-Storjohann@footexperts.com

PART-TIME/FULL-TIME PODIATRIST NEEDED - INDIANA

Part-time full-time Podiatrist needed for our Indiana offices. Must have Indiana license. Must have completed two years of surgical residency. If qualified email to f-massuda@footexperts.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NE GEORGIA SUBURB

Immediate opening for PSR24/36, ABPS Qualified or Certified individual. Hosp/Amb. Surg. Ctn  privileges available. Good chance of partnership or practice purchase in foreseeable future. Send resume/CV to gramps395@yahoo.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Immediate opening. Well-established podiatric group in Southwest Florida. Multi-office practice with EMR, Digital x-ray, Ultrasound... Seeking full-time associate that is PM&S-36 trained, personable, independent and highly motivated. Must be BC/BS in rearfoot /ankle with confidence in complex reconstructive cases. Full benefits package, competitive salary, excellent lifestyle. Email CV to: JLH459@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW YORK CITY

One of the fastest growing podiatry practices in New York City and Queens seeks a podiatrist who participates with HealthFirst, Fidelis, and other Medicaid plans. Preferably a Spanish speaking podiatrist. Contact me at Podocare@aol.com

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PRACTICE FOR SALE - BOSTON SUBURB

A 12+ year practice, including all equipment is for immediate sale. Average gross is $100K while being open only one day weekly. The ability for increased growth potential is obviously excellent with increased hours. Doctor is looking for serious offers only. Reply to shop@thefootdoctor.com

PRACTICE FOR SALE - MARYLAND, DC SUBURBS

Great opportunity. Well established and equipped practice for sale. Office includes state licensed Ambulatory Surgical Center. Present owner is retiring but will stay on as needed for smooth transition. Average gross over past 3 years is $575 K. dpmpracticeforsale@yahoo.com

SPACE AVAILABLE- NYC & LI

Office to sublet and share with DPM and chiropractor, East 60th Manhattan, and Plainview long island. access to an MRI, Joint Commission certified operating rooms, digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and access to a multi-specialty ambulatory surgical center. Turn-key operation - no investment needed 516 476-1815 PODO2345@AOL.COM

SPACE AVAILABLE - BRANSON, MO

Great opportunity to develop a podiatry practice in a four condominium Branson office building with a growing ophthalmology practice along with a well established optometry practice and a multi-disciplinary ambulatory surgery center in Branson, a top ten retirement destination.The available condominium is a grey box so it can be build out to specifications. Rental and/or ownership options are available for this condominium. Practice development financing and ASC ownership available for the right doctor. Great schools and affordable lakeside or golf course living available. Contact Dr. James Bureman @ jbureman@missourieye.com or 417-861-5839

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