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March 24, 2009 #3,501 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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APMA NEWS

Jensen Installed as New APMA President

Ronald Jensen, DPM of California was installed today as The American Podiatric Medical Association’s new president. Jensen stated, “I believe that the success of one podiatrist adds to the success of all podiatrists. We are a dynamic profession in a changing world. It is critical that podiatry maintains the strong presence on Capitol Hill that we have maintained for the past few years.”

Dr. Ronald Jensen delivers inaugural address

Jensen also commented on the creation of APMA’s new affiliate, the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS) saying, “ASPS will guarantee that quality surgical education will be available to every APMA member. 
    
Jensen succeeds  Ross Taubman, DPM who reminded the APMA House of Delegates that “challenges bring opportunities.” APMA Executive Director Glenn Gastwirth, DPM declared, “It is time for podiatry to stand up and face any discrimination based on our degree.”

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

“Toe and Flow” Pairs Podiatrists with Vascular Surgeons: Armstrong

Los Angeles has one of the highest diabetes-related amputation rates in the country. Yet vascular surgeon Dr. George Andros can't seem to draw enough attention to the problem, which has skyrocketed not just here, but nationally. Andros is among hundreds of health professionals internationally who say that's simply too high and are trying to figure out what to do about it. They concluded a three-day meeting on diabetic feet Saturday in Los Angeles.

Dr. David G. Armstrong

Dr. David G. Armstrong, a podiatrist and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance who co-chaired the conference with Andros said that simple visual foot exams (conducted regularly) and use of protective socks and shoes could preserve many limbs. "It seems so simple," Armstrong says. "But this area gets such a short shrift."

"The problem with diabetic foot care is that it hasn't had its own specialty," Armstrong says. "The care in this area is so fragmented." At last week's meeting, experts preached the "toe and flow" approach -- pairing a podiatrist and a vascular surgeon. "Almost immediately these amputation rates begin to drop" with such coordination, Armstrong says.

Source: Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times [3/22/09]
 

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In these times of economic difficulty, you need now, more than ever before, to keep your office running smooth and your patients satisfied. Your bottom-line depends on it. That means maximizing practice efficiency, improving management and operations systems and (critical to the process)…employing the team efforts of a productive, well-trained, staff!  Lynn Homisak, PRT, Coordinator/Trainer of “SOS Podiatric Medical Staff Training Workshop” is bringing her one-day exclusive educational program for assistants, managers and doctors to:

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APMA HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING NEWS

APMA HOD Off to a Smooth Start

The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association’s House of Delegates (HOD) is underway in Washington, DC. Resolutions Chair Timothy Tillo, DPM smoothly handled 17 resolutions, of which 10 were forwarded to the full house with a “do pass” recommendation. Among the notable resolutions passed by the full HOD were ones establishing an APMA Litigation Center, and encouraging APMA state component societies to include young members on their boards.

Drs. Jay Levrio (Parlimentarian), Tim Tillo (Chair), Barry Block (Vice Chair), Glenn Gastwirth (Executive Director, and Mark Schilansky (Speaker of the House) at Resolutions Committee.

Distinguished Service Citations were presented to Kenneth E. Burke, Phd (posthumously), Ronald Lepow, DPM, and William Munsey, DPM. The American Podiatric Medical Students Association (APMSA) presented its Kenison Award to Ira Kraus, DPM, and names ProLab Orthotics as its Company of the Year.

Several guests addressed the HOD, including William Hazlet, Jr., MD of the American Medical Association, Robert Chelin, DPM, President  of the Internation Federaation of Podiatrists, and Janet McInnes, President of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

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MEETING NEWS

DFCON 09 Marks Record Attendance and Support

There’s no recession in diabetic foot care, if attendance and corporate support at DFCon 09 Global Diabetic Foot Conference are any indicators. The sixth DFCon meeting, held March 19-21, 2009, in Los Angeles, attracted a record of more than 1,000 physicians and other clinicians, researchers, scientists and limb salvage experts from all 50 U.S. states and more than 42 foreign countries to hear 40 international faculty discuss the latest developments in diabetic foot research and care. Corporate support also set a record, with more than 70 pharmaceutical and medical device exhibitors.

Dr. Larry Harkless Presents at DFCon 09 Global Diabetic Foot Conference
 

“DF Con, the largest annual diabetic foot meeting is unique because it brings together people from all over the world with the goal of reducing amputations,” said David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, co-chairman of DFCon. Dr. Armstrong is professor of surgery and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ. The next DFCon meeting is set for March 18-20, 2010, again at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.
 

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL)

RE: Nomir Hopes for Fall FDA Clearance of Laser For Oncyhomycosis
From: Richard A. Simmons, DPM

I have read with much interest about LASERs curing onychomycosis.  I would imagine that this technology is being directed against our standard dermatophytes. I have submitted almost all of my patients' toenail specimens to an independent podiatric laboratory.  What has astounded me is how few of my patients' "mycotic" toenails were caused by a dermatophyte....

Editor’s note: Dr. Simmons’ extended-length note can be read at: http://www.podiatrym.com/letters2.cfm?id=25312&start=1

MICROMAT NAIL-DRILL SYSTEM
FOR PATIENT COMFORT

Med-Pro Corporation features the Micromat 3000 Nail Drill System for debriding patients' nails by using a controlled water and alcohol combination spray. The spray also keeps the dust away from the doctor and down on the patient's feet, to be wiped away with a piece of gauze. Patients will love this drill as the combination of water and alcohol reduces the friction heat, allowing the doctor to work more aggressively. The Micromat features include variable speed control, spray adjustment, forward and reverse and a foot control. The nail drill system is manufactured in Switzerland. Med-Pro Corp. includes a two-year warranty on both parts and labor and a 30-day, money-back guarantee. All service is performed by Med-Pro Corp in the USA. We have just introduced a new line of autoclavable burrs to be used with the Micromat. However, the Micromat will also accept most standard podiatry burrs. For further information, go onto our website at medprocorp.com or phone us at 800-633-7761.


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: PM News Marks Issue #3,500 & 15th Anniversary
From:  Mike Rosenblatt, DPM, Alan Sherman, DPM

Congratulations on this wonderful milestone! Very few people understand how much work and how difficult it is to start and maintain a successful professional periodical. It is a tribute to not only Dr. Block’s superb editorial skills, but also a description of thousands and thousands of hours in front of a computer screen, of pure tenacity...
 
PM News has given me and many others an opportunity to be heard. I am so grateful for that honor and opportunity. My hat's off to Dr. Block!
 
Mike Rosenblatt, DPM, San Jose, CA

Kudos and congratulations to Barry Block, DPM for providing so valuable a service to the podiatry profession and the industry that supports it.  Thousands look forward to seeing PM News in their inbox each day and rely on it to stay connected to what is happening with the profession at large.

 Alan Sherman, DPM, CCMEP, CEO, PRESENT e-Learning Systems

MEETING NOTICES

REGISTER NOW FOR THE OCPM SOUTHERN EXPOSURE SEMINAR!

The 4th Annual Southern Exposure Seminar, presented by The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, will be held Thursday – Sunday, April 23 – 26, 2009 at its new location, the Great Wolf Lodge Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a new, expanded venue and an all-star lineup of guest speakers including Allen Jacobs, DPM; Warren Joseph, DPM; Doug Richie Jr., DPM; Bradley Bakotic, DO; and Stephen Pomerantz, MD, this year’s Southern Exposure Seminar offers 26 CME hours.  

To register for Southern Exposure or for more information, please visit ocpm.edu/SE2009 or call (216) 916-7547.


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2

RE: Associate  Compensation (David Zuckerman, DPM)
From: Steven Goldstein, DPM, Randy Bernstein, DPM

I totally disagree with the comments of the doctors who previously posted responses. You get what you pay for. I paid my associate 40% of what was collected. Her skills were excellent. When I was out for two months due to illness, she ran the entire office and kept income coming in. Her loyalty was worth every dollar. I also recommended giving the associate 50% of any income generated from patients he/she brings into the practice. When you give less, you get less.

Steven Goldstein, DPM, Royal Palm Beach, FL, Stevefootdr1@cs.com

In regard to paying associates more than 40%, are you crazy? Have you looked at your overhead lately? My overhead runs about 65% to 70%. I keep a close eye on my expenses and think that unless you pay almost nothing for rent, little for malpractice insurance, minimum wage to your employees, no health insurance for your staff, do no advertising, and sit in the dark with a one line telephone and no computers, you are going to have at least a 50% overhead. With a possible 21% cut coming from Medicare in the near future, I say 40% is being way too generous. Your associate should thank you for being so generous in the first place or he could go rent an office at $1,500 a month, pay $75,000 to build it out, buy power chairs, instruments, surgical equipment, medical supplies, office supplies, advertising, his own malpractice insurance and health insurance, software for billing, x-ray equipment, and put up with staff and associates that think they are worth a lot more than they really are. I’m all for being a fair man, but, your associate needs to get real.

Randy Bernstein, DPM, Dearborn Heights, MI, foottdude@aol.com

PM NEWS ON THE ROAD

PM News Editor Barry Block, DPM, JD will be lecturing on topics in ethics and practice management at the following venues:

April 5, 2009 APWCA National Meeting Philadelphia, PA

April 26, 2009  Great Lakes Podiatry Conference, Detroit, MI


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 3

RE: Central Vacuum Attachment for Handpiece (Scott Evans, DPM)
From: Richard D Wolff, DPM, Jack Ressler DPM DPM

Here is what I did in my office: I bought a simple adaptor for keyboard cleaning from Allegro vaccuum systems. It costs $15. Here is a link to the product. allegrovacuums.com/new/index.php?form=product_view&id=113. I then connected a clear vinyl hose that I got from the hardware store (I think it was a dishwasher hose). It clamped right on to the adaptor. It cost a few dollars.

I bought a Dremel sheath made for my old canister vacuum from Jan L.  I think it was about $125. Here is link to the product: janlinc.com/100A.htm#sheath The hose was just a little bigger than the sheath, so I wrapped electrical tape around the sheath to increase the size. Then it clamped right on with a hose clamp.
 
I have had the system for 16 months and it has been priceless.
 
Richard D Wolff, DPM, Oregon, OH, wolffie@sbcglobal.net
 
The central vacuum systems are very quiet and sleek-looking, but pose major drawbacks with upkeep and customer support. I remember seeing this system displayed at a seminar just a few years ago. I would hate to have invested thousands of dollars for this system, only to discover the company is no longer in business. Dr. Evans has a very good point with regard to the diameter of the hose. Decreasing the diameter in any part of the system makes the vacuum work much harder, greatly reducing the life of the vacuum. When designing my system, I tried to keep the diameter as large as possible in the adapter to allow the vacuum to run efficient and prolong its life. Even with this design, I advise keeping a low-power setting on the vacuum.

Jack Ressler DPM, Fort Lauderdale ,FL, jvacsystem@gmail.com
 

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)

RE: Mitch Pokrassa, DPM

I was shocked and saddened to hear that Mitch passed away. The time I spent with him as a resident was a fantastic and wonderful learning experience. I remember driving with him in his red Blazer around L.A.  listening to the Doors, his favorite group, and eating at Versailles. The Baja x-ray conferences were always interesting with his participation. The days of heated educated discussion in Tijuana and Mexicali among Carl, Marc, Stan, Steve, Robert, Igor, and Mitch were the best experiences in my education. Even though I had not seen Mitch in over 15 years, the time with him will be cherished.

Howard Kimmel, DPM, MBA, Cleveland, OH
 

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ASSOCIATE POSITION - CHANDLER/GILBERT/PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Seeking a well-trained, ethical and hard working graduate of a PSR 24+/36 Residency to join our growing multi-location practice. This is a practice with a nice mix of 35% surgery/trauma, 20% diabetic/wounds, 25% biomechanics, 20% pediatric. ER Call. Opportunity for partnership at 2 surgery centers. Very modern offices with EMR, U/S, Digital X-Ray, ESWT, Vascular Testing Machine. Excellent referral base, and a well-trained staff. Board eligible/certified a plus. Competitive salary, bonus structure, benefits. Please e-mail CV and references to FootAnkleAZ@aol.com

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ASSOCIATE POSITION - CHICAGO AREA

Join one of the most successful, long-established podiatry practices in the Chicago area, with excellent salary and benefits. We have an immediate opening for a full-time podiatrist in a multi practice location in Chicago. Must have two years of surgical residency. Please e-mail resume to f-massuda@footexperts.com

CASE CONSULTING

Dennis Shavelson, DPM is now accepting referrals of difficult cases involving biomechanics, surgical complications, non-healing wounds diagnostic and treatment dilemma’s and subtalar stenting from DPM’S. Full reporting with second opinion only, rapid return after care and assumption of care options. Medicare and Out-of-Network Only. (212) 288-3668 or drsha@lifestylepodiatry.com 

PRACTICE FOR SALE - CENTRAL FL

Practice sale, in beautiful, high quality of life, growing area; 2000 sf bldg. fully equipped/ designed for podiatry; excellent location, features & exposure; near hospital, wound and HBO center. Great opportunity for expansion; good insurance climate. 352-357-7499 / E-mail: windnwave@earthlink.net

PRACTICE FOR SALE-SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN-BRIGHTON

Great opportunity. Established 11 years. Excellent location. Large illuminated sign on busy main road. Mid to high income growth area.  Supplies, furniture, and equipment included: X-Cell X-Ray w Hope Autoprocessor, Pelton-Crane Autoclave, Parks Lab, Bircher, Burton Floor Light, OR with Lighting, bone instruments and power equipment, Midmark Chairs. Quality 1,350 sf build-out. convenient parking. Must sacrifice. Call (248) 565-5266. Docpod@aol.com

NEEDED CHICAGO -- NW IND & BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON, DC PODIATRISTS

Home Physicians, a medical group specializing in house calls is looking to hire podiatrists in Chicago, Northwest Indiana, and Baltimore, MD. Full and part-time positions are available. Competitive Compensation including malpractice. Contact Scott Schneider. Phone-773-342-4201 FAX 773-486-3548-E-Mail sschneider@homephysicians.com Visit our website

PRACTICE FOR SALE – FLORIDA 

Who wants to continue making good money in a down economy, and would like to live in Florida on the coast? I have been working for 45 years and have had enough. My business grosses over $900,000 a year and nets over S250,000. I see approx. 40 patients a day and am sitting on a little gem. Office space is approx. 2,000 Sq. Ft. Hospital surgical center very close. If you are seriously interested, I help you get  qualified for a loan. Large scope of practice in Florida. $525,000. Contact me at Hagen5644@yahoo.com 

PRACTICE FOR SALE - FLORIDA—CENTRAL/SOUTH

Turn-key operation grossing $570,000 annually based on one full-time doctor. Great opportunity for growing the top-line. Surgery is only 14% of the professional man-hours; it can significantly increase income. Medicare makes up 64% of revenues. Seller will assist with transition. Call 863-688-1725, ask for Chas.


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