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March 22, 2012 #4,416 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Diabetic Patients Find Nerve-Damage Relief with 'Medical Food' - TX Podiatrist
 
People who suffer with diabetic neuropathy know the pain it can cause. Now, some patients are finding welcome relief with a prescription vitamin. As a podiatrist in San Antonio, Dr. Robert Castillo has no shortage of diabetic patients. Now, he’s prescribing patients a B-complex vitamin called Metanx, a prescription pill considered a medical food.
 
Dr. Robert Castillo
 
“It improves nerve health by increasing circulation, but also increasing nutrients to the nerves to help them recover from damage from neuropathy,” Castillo explained. “It has very little side effects as well,” Castillo stated. “It actually gives them a little more energy so they’re usually pretty enthusiastic when they first start it. It’s a pretty easy way to start therapy for neuropathy.”
 
Source: Wendy Rigby, KHOU (CBS) [3/20/12]

Allied


Surefit


ACFAS IN THE NEWS

OH Podiatrist Named President-elect of ACFAS

An Akron podiatrist is stepping into a leadership role with a national surgical society. Dr. Jordan P. Grossman recently was named president-elect of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Grossman, 44, is a foot and ankle surgeon with Northeast Ohio Orthopaedic Associates in Akron. He is board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has about 6,500 members nationwide.

 

Dr. Jordan P. Grossman (Photo: Ed Suba, Jr.)

Grossman followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, and uncle to pursue a career in podiatry. His brother also is a podiatrist. He earned his podiatric medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. He completed a podiatric surgical residency at the Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburgh and fellowships at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh and the University of Ulm in Germany.

Source: Cheryl Powell, Akron Beacon Journal [3/19/12]

Dr.Comfort


RESIDENTS IN THE NEWS

GTEF Residents Run The World's Largest Running Series

Several residents from the Greater Texas Education Foundation residency programs (West Houston Medical Center; Director: Sam Mendicino, DPM and Kingwood Medical Center; Director: Vito Speciale, DPM) competed in The World's Largest Running Series: The Warrior Dash in Splendora, TX on Saturday March 17th. The Warrior Dash is an extreme 5K running race with obstacles, including jumping over fire and crawling through mud with barbed wire hung overhead. Several of their attendings, hospital staff, and friends joined in!  

Sara Suttle, DPM PGY-3, Jared Shipp, DPM PGY-3, Jeanna Mascorro, DPM PGY-3, and Bailey Griffin, DPM PGY-1 all from Kingwood Medical Center; Tracy Robillard, DPM PGY-2 from West Houston Medical Center.

They ran for the charity BecauseOfYou.org, an Anti-Human-Trafficking Organization whose mission includes providing the victims of Sex Trafficking with a safe place to heal. Several of the participants donated their running shoes after the race as well. Warrior Dash has a national partnership with Green Sneakers, a program under the non-profit organization, Crown Ministry Group. The collected sneakers are distributed through reputable relief agencies.

Orthofeet


PODIATRISTS AND DIABETES

AZ Podiatrist is the First Physician Appointed to UA's SISTA

David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, last week became the first physician appointed to the University of Arizona's School of Information Science, Technology and Arts (SISTA). SISTA was set up to provide a community for interdisciplinary work based in computation. Dr. Armstrong's group, for example, works on computational models of walking to help patients regain balance and walking skills.

Dr. David Armstrong

"Basic research in computation is driven by important, applied problems," says SISTA's founding Director, Professor Paul Cohen, "That's why we are so fortunate to be joined by Dr. Armstrong, who is both a medical pioneer in the important areas of limb salvage and regenerative medicine and an astute computational thinker."

Aerolase


OUTSIDE INTERESTS

FL Podiatrist is Co-Developer of Energy Drink

A new super food drink called Drink Chia was developed right here in Central Florida. It is the first drink of its kind. It delivers flavor and health benefits without the extra sugar. Chandra Davis was training for a marathon and was having trouble finding a beverage that would not only improve her staminia, but also help her recover quickly.

Dr. Gideon Lewis

Davis discovered that the ancient Aztecs called chia seeds the "running seed." The tiny seeds are packed full of omega-3 fatty acids and can absorb up to 27 times their weight when soaked in water. That benefit will help keep you hydrated longer. Davis developed a drink using the seeds with the help of her brother Dr. Gideon J. Lewis. Lewis says there is no other product on the market that offers as much omega-3, with only 4 grams of sugar.

Julie Broughton, WKMG [3/18/12}

Gordon Labs


QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)

Query: CROW Walker vs. Patellar Tendon Brace

Can someone comment on the effectiveness/differences/preferences for a CROW walker vs. patellar tendon brace for Charcot foot? I have read that the patellar tendon brace can help off-load plantar pressures by 90%, vs. 50% for the CROW walker. If this is accurate, it seems that the patellar tendon brace would be more advantageous to use.
 
Jeffrey Kass, DPM Forest Hills, NY jeffckass@aol.com

DMSystems

RESPONSES / COMMENTS (DME)

RE: Medicare Guidelines for AFO Use (Josh White , DPM)
From:  Doug Richie, DPM

I am in full agreement with Josh White who correctly reminds us, "The Medicare Benefit Policy Manual states that appliances are covered when "used for the purpose of supporting a weak or deformed body member or restricting or eliminating motion in a diseased or injured part of the body."

However, there is no stipulation for coverage of an AFO device for a Medicare patient to prevent an event, i.e. a catastrophic fall in an elderly patient. The APMA Bulletin was correct in clarifying the difference between treating a specific musculoskeletal condition compared to implementing AFO devices for a preventive measure which has no scientific validation. Yes, there is no valid evidence that any AFO device has specifically and successfully treated any risk factor listed (in Josh's post) where the final result has led to a substantial reduced risk of falls in this patient population. I believe that the APMA is correct in warning members about CMS' position on the medical necessity and Medicare coverage of AFO utilization for the primary purpose of falls prevention in the elderly population.

Doug Richie, DPM, Seal Beach, CA, DRichieJr@aol.com

ANATOMY FACULTY POSITION

12 Month Basic Science faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Responsibilities will be to teach Anatomy in the School of Podiatric Medicine. Additional duties will include research, student advisement, and committee work. A doctorate in Anatomy or a related discipline is required and a minimum of two years full-time teaching experience at a college, preferably graduate level, is highly recommended.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and  three letters of recommendation sent to Sanjay Sesodia, Ph.D., Chair, Anatomy Faculty Search Committee, Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161 ssesodia@mail.barry.edu Electronic applications are encouraged. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CODINGLINE)

RE: Taking X-Rays on Patients with Ingrown Nails
From: Ivar E. Roth DPM, MPH

I have reviewed cases just like this. Here’s how these unscrupulous doctors justify taking x-rays for ingrown nails. They claim that when they push down on the nail and there was pain, they had had to rule out a subungual spur. Clever? I call it a rip-off, but this is done all the time by some of our esteemed brethren.
 
Ivar E. Roth DPM, MPH, Newport Beach, CA, ifabs@earthlink.net

Langer


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1
RE: Socks with Malleolar Padding? (Tip Sullivan, DPM)
From: Philip McKinney, DPM
 
I have been using the Silipos malleolar slip on sleeves, Model # 15005, placing them under the hunting socks.
 
Philip McKinney, DPM, Eugene, OR

Redi-thotics


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2

RE: Appoint an Inspectress
From: Hal Ornstein, DPM

Recently, I was on a hotel elevator and started chatting with a member of the hotel staff and noticed that below her name on her nametag was "Inspectress". Being curious as to her function, I asked her role, and she indicated that her primary job was to walk throughout all parts of the hotel and look for the little things most miss that a guest will construe as dirty or messy.

It clicked that this would be a great position to have in our practice and thought about our top back office person for the job. The first day back in the office, I spoke with her and offered her $40 per month (basically $10 per week) to become the “Inspectress” for our practice. She was asked to give me a list of all areas (inside and outside the office) that she will inspect regularly.

For areas needing attention, she would immediately...

Editor's note: Dr. Ornstein's extended-length letter can be read here.

Curamedix


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 3

RE: ICD-10 Preparation (Joseph S. Borreggine, DPM)
From: Marc Garfield, DPM

If you think ICD-10 is more accurate, look up ICD-10 for plantar fasciitis, M72.2. Note that it is still the same code as plantar fibromatosis. M72.2. No laterality is used for plantar fasciitis, but you will need laterality for bunions and hammertoes. Both fingers and toes share the same L60.0 code in ICD-10. Do you still think that the “accuracy” will make your claims process more effectively?

We are the last county to convert to ICD-10. Most did so 10 years ago. There are no crosswalks planned. There have never been crosswalks. Only 26% of claims could be crosswalked, if there was a crosswalk. Does anyone out there think that $80,000 per 1-3 doc practice could be put to better use than a new diagnosis classification system.

By the way ICD 11 is scheduled to be released in 2015. At the very least, we should encourage our associations to support the AMA in killing or postponing the ICD-10 implementation.
 
Marc Garfield, DPM, Williamsburg, VA, mgarfield1@cox.net

MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

Langer


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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 3

RE: ABPS Name Change (M. W. Aiken, DPM)
From: Brian Gale, DPM

I support the change in name of ABPS to ABFAS. I think this will be helpful for our surgical specialty and identity. My practice has experienced some noteworthy situations here in North Dakota regarding professional recognition for foot and ankle surgery by a doctor of podiatric medicine. There has been difficult interference by local orthopedists that has been practically impossible to overcome. Proper recognition of who we are and what we do by the name change seems logical and important.

The hospital does not really recognize us as...

Editor's note: Dr. Gale's extended-length letter can be read here.

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

ACFAS


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Looking for PSR 24/36 trained podiatrist with board eligible or board certified status. Good mix of surgery, wound care and general podiatry. Competitive salary with bonus structure and benefits as well as partnership option. Email cover letter and CV to flombardo@epix.net

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NASSAU COUNTY, NY

Experienced, preferably board certified podiatrist, wanted for diversified growing practice located in Nassau County, New York. Energetic DPM. Please send CV to jobke@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - TAMPA

Looking for outstanding associate for current solo practice with partnership opportunity. Research my practice by Googling Dr. Marc Katz Tampa and then based on what you find tell me the reason you would be the perfect candidate. We are only looking for long-term high quality candidates. Email me at:  DocMKatz@gmail.com with your answers and CV.

ASSOCIATE POSITION - OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

Looking for PSR 24/36, board eligible preferred. Busy podiatric practice with up to date EMR & practice management program. Practice currently offers digital x-rays, ultrasounds, vascular studies and laser treatment. Good mix of general podiatry, wound care and surgery.  Must be ethical, hardworking and committed to quality patient care.  NJ license needed. Competitive salary and benefits. Send cover letter and resume to: AOKNDPM@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - SEATTLE, WA AREA

Established podiatric clinic looking for an associate to join our team, 5 offices located around the greater Seattle, WA area. Great base salary, benefits and friendly work environment. Please send resume to: seattlefootdoctor@yahoo.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTHWEST IOWA

A well-established, midwest multi-physician practice with strong hospital affiliations seeking FT podiatrist. Applicant should be well trained surgical physician, completed a 24-36 month residency, & board eligible. Practice offers high surgical volume, advanced wound care and good mix of general podiatry. Competitive salary, excellent benefits. Fax resume: 712-258-9977 Diane Coulter, Office Manager.

ASSOCIATE POSITION – MIAMI, FLORIDA

Associate with potential for partnership. All phases of foot and ankle care. Bilingual in Spanish helpful. Send Resume and Letter of interest to miamifootandankle@gmail.com

SOUTHEAST GEORGIA- SAVANNAH & SURROUNDING AREAS

Beautiful weather year round & near the Coast. Opportunity for Early Buy-in. Seeking podiatrist looking to build a career & long-term relationship. Either established practicing physician or new residency graduate. Must be PSR-24/36 trained. Multiple locations. Full range of services with new facilities. E-mail cover letter & CV to: melissafoot@pol.net

ASSOCIATE POSITION - UPSTATE NY
 
Surgical based, multi-office practice in Upstate New York looking for a highly motivated podiatrist to join our group. Base salary plus incentive. Opportunity for growth. Email resume and cover letter to: professionalfootcare@live.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND

Come join Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC, the largest podiatry group in MD. Position available to replace relocating doctor means instant patient volume. All the bells and whistles: EHR, digital x-rays, digital orthotic scanning, PADNet, and assistance with billing and patient care from great office staff to help you produce.  ER call at area Hopkins and MedStar hospitals. Please send CV and cover letter to:  gmirkin@fasmallc.com

POSITION AVAILABLE – CENTRAL WYOMING

Well established solo practitioner looking for an associate leading to partnership at a busy, modern practice in a great location. Friendly personality and good communication skills a must. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send letter of introduction and CV to: wyofootdoc@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW YORK

WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER. Join a modern, well-established 42-year-old podiatric medical/surgical practice within a multi-specialty office. Located just 20 minutes from NYC. Must be responsible, compassionate, driven, and self-starter. Enjoy cross-referrals from other specialists and support of medical assistants, office managers, and medical billers with over 50 years combined experience. Utilize modern technology: state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasonography, fluoroscopy, ESWT (machine is owned by practice), physical therapy, x-ray, circulation testing, NCV, and in-office operatory suite. Very strong and effective advertising/marketing program. No nursing homes, No HMOs, No Medicaid, No Medicare. Must be licensed for podiatry in New York. Send cover letter/CV to: linchpindpm@yahoo.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION – BROOKLYN NY

Busy multi-specialty Medical office in Brooklyn, NY is seeking an experienced podiatrist. We are offering great compensation, flexible schedule and great office environment. Our Requirements: Must have Experience Must have Medicaid & Medicare provider. Please respond by email to:ddpropertymgmt@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Associate wanted for hospital-based podiatry group practice. Full scope of practice. PSR24+. Outstanding opportunity, work environment, and recreational pursuits. Fax CV to 907-562-5195, please call 907-562-4958.

ASSOCIATE POSITION – MIAMI, FLORIDA

Associate with potential for partnership. All phases of foot and ankle care. Bilingual in Spanish helpful. Send Resume and Letter of interest to: miamifootandankle@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITIONS - MULTIPLE STATES

Podiatrist Needed in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma, Connecticut and Vermont. Expanding multi-state medical practice seeking podiatrists to service long-term care community residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We offer an established patient base, scheduling, equipment allowance and cover travel expenses. Provide generous compensation, bonus opportunities, disability, health insurance benefits, malpractice coverage and flexible scheduling. Looking for a Podiatrist with excellent skills, able to provide expert and compassionate care to patients. Email CV to: careers@aggeus.org or call 773-770-0140 x300/x305.www.aggeus.org

PRACTICE FOR SALE - BROOKLYN, NY

A large, busy practice is for sale in Brooklyn, NY. This practice has been in the same location for over 50 years. Average 150 pts/week, average gross 730K, most surgery is currently being referred out. Financing available. Please call 800-983-4194, or email contactus@podiatrypracticeconsultants.com

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