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March 08, 2018 #6,139 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS AND DIABETES
TX Podiatrist Discusses Causes and Treatments for DFUs
 
Identifying and addressing foot problems as a result of diabetes should be a priority for diabetics. A podiatrist with Baylor College of Medicine outlines the types of foot issues that can be encountered and how they can be treated. “Diabetes is a multi-system disease, and the circulation in the feet and legs may be diminished because there are problems with blood vessels that get narrowed or clogged as a result of the diabetes,” said  Ronald Lepow, DPM, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor. “A major cause of foot problems in diabetics is lack of blood flow.”
 
Dr. Ronald Lepow

A common foot issue in diabetics is that pressure areas, such as callused or injured areas, do not heal as rapidly due to poor circulation as they would in a person who is not diabetic, Dr. Lepow said. This can lead to ulcerations or a variety of infections in these traumatized areas. To treat an ulcer on the foot, a podiatrist will take all precautions to ensure there is no pressure in the area of the ulcer. This can mean wearing an orthotic, special shoe, or even a boot during the time the ulcer is treated.

Source: Dipali Pathak, Milwaukee Community Journal [3/6/18]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Aussie Podiatrist Opts for Shopping Center over Medical Center
 
People seeking help for treatment of foot disorders or wanting custom-made shoes for sports have a new option. MyFootDr, part of a national chain, has opened in the Orange City Centre. Podiatrist Chris Lofts said they offer diagnosis and treatment, as well as selling orthotic-friendly shoes. “We’ve got a bio-mechanical and sports medicine focus,” he said.
 
Chris Lofts (photo: Jude Keogh)
 
“We offer a full scope of services from comprehensive foot assessments, gait analysis, and custom foot orthortics to treatment for fungal nails and nail surgery. We also make custom-made cricket shoes, and golf shoes.” Lofts said they wanted to be in a shopping center rather than a medical center.
 
Source: David Fitzsimons, Central Western Daily [3/5/18]
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E-HEALTH NEWS - PART 1
Fed Initiative to Put Patients in Control of their Health Data
 
The Trump administration is attempting to put patients in control of their own health data and to spur healthcare innovation as part of its broader efforts to cut red tape in the federal government. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on Tuesday at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas the launch of the MyHealthEData initiative, which CMS Administrator Seema Verma claimed is the first time any administration has set in motion a coordinated initiative to truly make patients the focus of the healthcare system by using the federal government's full authority to ensure providers and insurers give patients control of their medical records.
 
According to Verma, patients might be able to obtain some information from providers within a healthcare system but there’s no way to aggregate that data, and when providers don’t have all the necessary information at hand, they repeat tests, driving up costs and causing medical errors—which threaten patient safety. “The MyHealthEData initiative will enable doctors to spend more time with their patients and less time looking at their computer once our policies go into effect,” added Verma. “It will declare to hospitals and insurers that the practice of holding patients hostage in their systems and blocking their data will no longer be tolerated.”
 
Source: Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management [3/6/18]
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E-HEALTH NEWS - PART 2
 Meaningful-use Overhaul is Coming: CMS Administrator
 
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said her agency is planning on overhauling its meaningful-use requirements, after years of provider complaints that the program was too burdensome and hard to implement. Specifically, the CMS is looking to reduce time and compliance costs associated with the program. Verma didn't provide any additional details during her speech at HIMSS' annual conference on Tuesday. 
 
The agency's moves come just weeks after President Donald Trump signed a funding bill that included measures to ease meaningful-use requirements and expand telehealth access for Medicare beneficiaries.The meaningful-use bill, introduced last summer, could make meeting electronic health record meaningful-use requirements easier since they no longer have to become stricter over time.
 
Source: Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare [3/6/18] 
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FROM PM's CURRENT ISSUE
Several times a week, PM News posts an entire article from a recent issue of our partner, Podiatry Management Magazine. Please note that the views expressed in Podiatry Management Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of PM News or Barry Block.
 
Today's Featured Article
 
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY

How Can Other Practices Improve Your Online Reputation? - Part 3

Today, online reputation management is crucial for the survival and growth of any practice. The ever-growing competition is making it tough for practices to outshine others. So, instead of getting worried about what others are doing, it’s time to learn from them and improve yourself. Let’s see how your competitors can benefit you by improving your online reputation.
 
2.  Review management
 
Your online reputation is influenced by your online reviews. There are numerous review platforms such as Yelp, Healthgrades, Vitals, YellowPages, etc. that allow consumers to post reviews and others to read what users have experienced. So you need to proactively check review sites for any patient reviews and reply accordingly.
 
You should check what people are saying about your competitors and how they are handling reviews. Also, take a look at their ratings on various review sites. Knowing what your competitors are doing better than you can help you formulate strategies and improve your practice’s marketing and operations. Don’t forget to ask for reviews from your happy patients when they visit your practice or through mail and messages.
 
Source: Manish Kumar Chauhan, Physicians Practice [3/4/18]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Bill Beaton, DPM
 
In conversations with my billing company E-Professional Technologies, we have researched this situation and, yes, this is a national issue and we are equally outraged. We can still obtain information on Medicare deductibles for regular beneficiaries. However, there is a fairly new program for Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries called Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). 
 
For QMB patients, providers are not permitted to charge the patient anything. So the government, in their infinite wisdom, has decided we are not entitled to know how much we are paying on behalf of each patient! If we can't collect the money, then essentially we are paying the bill on their behalf. Is it $1 or is it the entire $183 deductible? We are not allowed to know. If you see 100 patients at a nursing home in one week, that could mean $18,300!
 
I called First Coast Service Options (which is the Medicare MAC for Florida) and asked them how we could determine the amount that we would be responsible for, and I was told we are not allowed to know. I have written my congressman about this. It is literally outrageous that a doctor is responsible for paying a patient's deductible and they are not allowed to know how much is at stake. I am now playing a game of holding all QMB claims until I see that all other patients have met their deductible and I'm going to assume they have too, but that's not very accurate.
 
Bill Beaton, DPM, Saint Petersburg, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1B
RE: The Importance of Challenging Medicare
From: Amy Schunemeyer, DPM
 
So, I noticed that my Medicare allowable was less than the Novitas website posted allowables for my claims coming back for 2018. There is a Novitas mistake that they were following the WRONG fee schedule up to 2/23/18, and they are working on resubmitting corrected claims. This is one problem fixed. 
 
And, I notice that the increased payment adjustment is in the form of a positive ($xx.xx) adjustment on our EMRs. This is quite a software accounting nightmare. How are others handling this? These are a few of my questions because I am NOT receiving increased payment from the many, many....
 
Editor's note: Dr. Schunemeyer's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2
RE: Lack of Podiatric Authors in Our Journals 
From: Bryan C. Markinson, DPM
 
Many have lamented and seek answers on the lack of high quality peer-reviewed published podiatric research. Some blame the colleges, others blame APMA. I take a different view. Why does there have to be blame on any level? The importance of original academic research in medicine is self- evident. However, it is still a minority in all fields who churn out the research. 
 
Be that as it may, since 1977, when I started podiatry school, there was NEVER a milieu for research in any of our colleges. Original research is much more complicated than one might think, and very costly. Since working in a very research-oriented academic institution, I can tell you that “research” is done on weekends and nights, with armies of...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Markinson's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Richard G. Macdonald, DPM
 
Dr. Duran is to be honored for her service to podiatry and her country.
 
Richard G. Macdonald, DPM, Tremont, IL 
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Tribute to Elton John's Tiny Dancer?

Source: Suzanne Middlemass, It's All About Shoes 

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MEETING NOTICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PART 1 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION WANTED - HUDSON VALLEY, NY
 
Full time associate position in a busy office. Broad responsibilities including wound care, trauma call, hospital rounding, etc. Surgical based practice with privileges to local hospital and surgical center.   Comparable pay.  Position available Sept. 2018, will wait for right graduate. Office is located in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Close proximity to NYC as well as a multitude of outdoor activities. Please send CV in an email to hudsonvalleypodiatrist@gmail.com
 
FULL TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION – WEST CENTRAL OHIO 
 
Podiatrist needed to join well-established, busy practice. Candidate must be self-motivated, ethical, energetic, and able to practice all aspects of podiatry independently. Willing to consider current PSR-36 participant. Salary and benefits are negotiable.  Send cover letter, CV, and references to footdoc@bright.net.  Call (419) 733-2854 if you would like to set up an interview during ACFAS 2018.
 
POSITION AVAILABLE - GETTYSBURG, PA AND FREDERICK, MD
 
Well-established practice is seeking associate for partnership and buy out. One senior partner looking to slow down and then retire. I will teach you to become a top earner in the field. Don't miss this opportunity!  drhenrock@yahoo.com.  Dr. Scott Henry  301-514-9781.  AtlanticFootSurgeons.com
 
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST - TRISTATE AREA, MARYLAND 
 
Great team players wanted for Group Practice with several locations. Full time associate positions are available.  We offer state of the art facilities with well-trained support staff, in-office surgical center, ultrasound, DME, EMR, x-rays, etc. This amazing opportunity comes with a competitive salary, excellent benefits and bonus structure. Please email letter of intent and CV to mynewposition75@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - PODIATRY GROUP IN LOS ANGELES 
 
Join the group/limb preservation team and teaching faculty. Must be well trained in limb preservation, trauma, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Send CV to podiatricri@yahoo.com, attention Stan Mathis, DPM.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA 
 
Looking for an eager podiatrist to join our growing protocol-based practice. We have 2 offices with certified EMR, fully trained staff, full-time marketer, shoe store in each location and digital x-ray machines. Hospital privileges available near each location. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and will be busy from the moment they are hired! We are looking for a well-rounded personable podiatrist. Please send your CV and cover page to footdocs17@gmail.com.  
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION  – DAYTON, OHIO 
 
Highly respected and growing, four podiatrists, 4 location practice seeking PSR-36 board certified/qualified foot and ankle surgeon. Must be dedicated, hardworking, poses excellent clinical and surgical skills, high-quality patient care, wound care.  Practice is equipped with certified EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound guided injections, Cutera Laser, regenerative medicine and PRP all aspects of DME. Meaningful Use attested, MIPS-ready. On staff 4 hospitals, no nursing homes. Highly trained staff. Send CV, salary requirements to ohiosurgeons@gmail.com  Excellent compensation plan, base salary and bonus, 401k plan, medical insurance, malpractice, paid vacation, holidays, CME. Signing bonus, ownership via deferred compensation plan.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION  - SOUTH CENTRAL VIRGINIA
 
30  year  practice. Two office locations. Hospital privileges. 30–40 new patients per month. Seeking well-trained motivated podiatrist. All amenities including  malpractice insurance. Good mixture of general podiatry care /surgery/biomechanics/diabetic management. E-Mail CV to:  footcare2020@aol.com 
 
MEDICAL DIRECTOR — SOUTHEAST REGION
 
Recruiting Podiatric Medical Director for rapidly growing podiatry and multispecialty practice. He/she will manage podiatry staff and be responsible for strategic and clinical outcomes. Frequent travel required. Must have 5+ years in practice, demonstrate leadership skills and ability to thrive in fast-changing environment. Contact robert@healthcarerecruit.org.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CHICAGO/NEAR WEST SUBURBS 
 
Multi-location group - Immediate opening for ABFAS Board Certified/Eligible associate. Minimum 3 year’s private practice experience required. Surgical/ortho patient load. DME, Rx, Minimal Incision Sx,  EMR, digital x-ray, laser, ultrasound, shockwave & MRI. Top pay, associateship & practice equity available for experienced candidates. Send CV drtsatsos@anklenfoot.com
 
PODIATRIST WANTED - NORTHERN & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
Podiatrist needed for practices in both Northern and Southern  California. Professionally managed practice in long term care facilities.  Excellent income potential with discretionary time.  Please send CV and interest letter to dwayne8543@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – PUERTO RICO 
 
25 year old practice looking for energetic, well trained DPM. Near beaches, golf, great shopping. Two hospital based locations with available privileges. Great starting salary and benefits. Knowledge of Spanish language helpful. Please send CV to medicopodiatra@aol.com if interested.
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - NEW YORK and NEW JERSEY 
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in New York and New Jersey. Great opportunity for part-time income. Positions available immediately! Send inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
DOCTOR NEEDED HADDON HEIGHTS NJ 
 
Well rounded surgically trained board qualified/certified doctor needed for busy south jersey practice.  Includes Hospital work and 2 locations. Must have business sense, a cheerful personality and bedside manner,  follow protocols in place, and possess good communication skills.  Practice encompasses all aspects of podiatry. Competitive package.  Email CV to hhfootdoc@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – TUCSON, AZ
 
Amazing associate opportunity leading to long-term arrangement/partnership in sunny beautiful Tucson, AZ. Very busy solo podiatry practice with unlimited earning potential. Tons of new patients daily.  Seeking warm, motivated, personable and patient care oriented practitioner. Practice very well known with exploding constant referral sources. argfootdoc@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE TO OWNERSHIP - UPPER PENINSULA, MICHIGAN 
 
Associate needed for long-standing successful practice, with option to purchase soon. Encompasses every aspect of modern podiatry (orthopedics, diabetic medicine, surgery, wound care, etc). Location is resplendent with nature, on a large lake, rivers, mountains, downhill skiing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, hunting, all minutes away. The practice is located in a professional building, with every medical specialty. Practice is well equipped: diagnostic ultrasound, digital x-ray, in-office surgery, pain laser, fluoroscopy, etc. Hospital privileges available in state-of-the-art, new hospital. A unique work-to-own situation. E-mail: ctmthor4@hotmail.com
 
FULL TIME/PART TIME POSITION - CALIFORNIA
 
Available for well-established podiatry practice near San Francisco. 3 Locations in California, San Leandro Pleasanton, and Los Gatos. Broad responsibilities: Laser Procedure, wound care, surgery, general podiatry, and facilities. Potential associateship position. Submit CV and Contact Dr. Michael Stein for details. Excellent income potential! msteinheal@aol.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - HOUSTON, TX 
 
Established, growing multi office, multi doctor practice seeking PSR-36 board certified/qualified foot and ankle surgeon. Must be personable, outgoing and motivated with excellent clinical and surgical skills. Practice is protocol-based, state-of-the-art equipped with the latest technologies and cutting-edge procedures with an extremely competent staff. Send CV, salary requirements to faajobs@gmail.com.
 
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS PART 2 - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 
 
Retiring. The practice comes with ready patient base in area of unlimited potential. Awesome locale with lakes, mountains and rivers in every direction. $200,000 buys the building and well established practice.  Seller willing to partially finance and stay as needed during transition. Seller also willing to consider renting or lease to buy. Please contact me with serious inquiries only and I will be pleased to discuss the particulars with you. A great opportunity!!! reddingpodiatry@sbcglobal.net 
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTH PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE/ PARADISE VALLEY, AZ 
 
A well established, successful solo practice in a prestigious medical center. Office suite recently built. All aspects of podiatric medical care for adults and children. Excellent opportunity for referrals and continued practice expansion. Doctor willing to stay and help with transition. Call 602-740-1686 for details.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SEATTLE SUBURB 
 
25 year old sports and family oriented practice located in a highly desirable, affluent and well insured area. For details, reply to: footdoc@aol.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - ASTORIA, NYC 
 
This successful modern Astoria, Queens practice is fully equipped. Opportunity to enter practice with established patient base of adults and children, including sports medicine and surgery. Email: astoriapodiatry@gmail.com
 
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