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May 28, 2013 #4,781 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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AT THE COLLEGES

Barry University Yucatán Crippled Children Project Renews its Mission

Recently, the Barry University's Yucatán Crippled Children Project was once again held in Progreso and Merida, Yucatán, Mexico. This project was started in 1996 by Dr. Charles Southerland of Barry University. Medical teams go to the Yucatán four times a year to treat impoverished children and adults with post-traumatic, disease-related, and congenital deformities of the lower extremities. Twice a year, the Seattle Team, led by Dr. Dock Dockery, Dr. Byron Hutchinson, the senior surgeon, and two residents from the Seattle area participate. The Seattle Team is sponsored by the International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research (IFAF).

Front Row L-R: Drs. Mario Cala, Deandrea Duffus, Kenneth Hegewald. Back Row L-R: Drs. Mikkel Jarman, Charles Hastings, Daniel Hall, Juan Sanchez - YCCP Coordinator, Dock Dockery, Byron Hutchinson, David Wood, and Albert DaCosta, CEO, Paragon 28, Inc.

During these trips, the Seattle Team joins a Miami Team and performs surgical corrections for two full days at the Red Cross Orthopedic Hospital (Cruz Roja Mexicana Hospital de Ortopedia), Merida. The Chief of Staff, Dr. Adolfo Rocha Geded, pediatric orthopedist, coordinates the surgeries, assists, and does all of the follow-up care for the post-operative patients.

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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 1

IA is First Podiatrist Named Chief of Staff at Methodist Medical Center

Eric Barp, DPM of Des Moines, Iowa, has been chosen to become the new chief of staff for Iowa Methodist Medical Center. He is the first podiatrist to ever serve as chief of staff at Methodist Medical Center.

Dr. Eric Barb

Dr. Barp is Board Certified in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is also on staff at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, Broadlawns Hospital, Lakeview Surgery Center, and Madison County Hospital.

Source: Star Herald [5/25/13]

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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 2

Podiatrist Joins Medical Staff at FL Hospital

Podiatrist Matthew J. Hentzel, DPM, has joined the medical staff at Florida Hospital DeLand and opened the Foot and Ankle of Volusia practice. Dr. Hentzel is board certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

Dr. Matthew Hentzel

He earned a doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences in Miami Shores, FL. He completed a podiatric surgical residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Miami. Additionally, Dr. Hentzel has traveled to Mexico to volunteer with Barry University’s Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project (YCCP).

Source: Beacononlinenews.com

Dr.Comfort

PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY

NJ Podiatrist Named President of The Allendale Community for Mature Living

Dr. Timothy Giancarlo has been named president of The Allendale Community for Mature Living. Tim Giancarlo will replace his father, Dr. Hector R. Giancarlo, who is stepping down as president after nearly 50 years at Allendale’s helm.

Dr. Timothy Giancarlo

Dr. Tim Giancarlo, a 48-year-old Bergen County native, is a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine where he received his DPM degree. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and licensed podiatrist. He lives in Ridgewood with his wife, Sandra, and two children.

Source: Mel Fabrikant, The Paramus Post [5/25/13]

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QUERIES (CLINCAL)

Query: Dislocation of the Second Metatarsal Phalangeal Joint

A 48-year-old female patient presented to the office with extreme pain in her right forefoot. Her pain was located in the 2nd and 3rd MPJs. She was previously treated by other providers and her treatments consisted of multiple cortisone injections and orthotics. These treatments were initially successful, but left her with a plantar plate tear and dislocation of the 2nd MPJ. She began to have extreme pain after starting an exercise program which entailed walking on a treadmill approximately 30 minutes per day. On examination, she had capsulitis in the second and third MPJs. 

Dislocation of the Second Metatarsal Phalangeal Joint

She has lots of deformity in her toes and has obvious dislocation of the second metatarsal phalangeal joint. The deformity was reducible with clinical manipulation. Her AP x-ray confirmed that her second toe was dislocated. How would you address this type of deformity?What is the average post-operative course with respect to post-operative pain for your patients? 

Don Peacock, DPM, Whiteville, NC

Care Credit


RESPONSES / COMMENTS - (CLINICAL)

RE: Status Post Motorcycle Accident
From: Gregory B. Nellis, DPM

Cast it, non-weight bearing. Tell the patient all the potential sequelae you can think of, and how they might need to be addressed later. I can't see anything coming out of invasive intervention except your work potentially taking the blame for the same problems that are going to be there anyway. Get another opinion.

Gregory B. Nellis, DPM, Gloversville, NY, gbndpm@yahoo.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (MEDICAL LEGAL)

RE: Documenting Radiological Findings
From: Michael G. Warshaw, DPM

When you utilize the CPT Manual, and turn to the RADIOLOGY section, preceding the codes and their descriptions are the RADIOLOGICAL GUIDELINES. It clearly states under Written Report(s): "A written report signed by the interpreting individual should be considered an integral part of a radiological procedure or interpretation." It states "written report." It doesn't state "summary of findings." It doesn't state "template of findings." It doesn't state "diagnosis." This is not open to interpretation. It isn't subject to someone's opinion. It clearly states "written report."

The issue here is, what should be present in an x-ray report? There are three "key components" that make up an x-ray report:
1. The views that were taken
2. A general overview of the x-ray findings
3. "Target the Diagnosis" - When x-rays are taken, they are billed for. When the claim is submitted for payment, a diagnosis code is utilized. Isn't it prudent to make mention of that diagnosis in the x-ray report; otherwise, how can you justify through your documentation that the professional component of the x-ray service was actually performed? Remember, when x-rays are billed for by a podiatrist in the office setting, the only modifier that is applied to the CPT code is either RT or LT. This leads to the assumption that both the technical and the professional components of the x-ray service were performed.

Michael G. Warsxhaw, DPM, Ravenna OH, mgwarshaw@aol.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS - (NON-CLINICAL)

RE: Staff Makes it Difficult to Get Appointments (Name Withheld)
From: Bryan Markinson, DPM

I feel compelled to add another point of view to this discussion. First of all, any staff member purposely refusing urgent appointments to decrease their workload speaks to volumes of office procedural flaws and should never be tolerated. On this, everyone agrees. However, think of how many times patients call on an "urgent" basis for things that turn out to be minor but embellished by the patient into an emergency because they are going on vacation the next day? This is disruptive to your schedule as well as selfish to legitimate emergencies.

In addition, many physician offices are...

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

Dr. Remedy


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 1

RE: New Study Confirms Hereditary Link for Bunions (Elliot Udell, DPM)
From: Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH

Elliot Udell, DPM is right that there are more than hereditary factors that lead to bunions and many other pedal deformities. However, these factors are products of the human genome. Genomics unlike genetics which refers to diseases that are due to a single gene (e.g., sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, etc.), is the study of all genes in the human genome interacting with each other as well as the environment.

If they have not done so already, podiatric medical schools, residencies, and continuing education programs need to include genomics as a core part of the continuum of podiatric medical education. The current director of NIH who previously directed the National Human Genome Research Institute referred to genomics as “one of the major landmarks that rank up there with going to the moon.”
 
Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, levyleon@nova.edu

MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

Superbones East

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 2

RE: We Walk in a Tripod Fashion: CA Podiatrist (Robert Phillips, DPM)
From: Kevin A. Kirby, DPM

To further add to the excellent points made by Dr. Phillips about the importance of weight- bearing function of the metatarsal rays, I believe that the biggest misconception most podiatrists have about the metatarsals is that they somehow have a “locking position”, where they will not dorsiflex further under increasing dorsiflexion loading forces. This is certainly not the case, and, unfortunately, seems to be a myth that is perpetuated from one generation of podiatrists to the next.

The metatarsal rays do not “lock”, like the ratcheting wrench, in a “fully dorsiflexed position” where they remain in...

Editor's note: Dr. Kirby's extended-length letter appears here.

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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PRACTICE FOR SALE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA 

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PODIATRIST FOR NURSING HOME CARE - MASSACHUSETTS

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ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL FLORIDA

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POSITIONS AVAILABLE - UPSTATE NY, DOWNSTATE NY, AND BUFFALO AREA

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ASSOCIATE POSITION - VIRGINIA

Well-established practice in Arlington Virginia looking for first year associate DPM perhaps leading to purchase of office. Office is one block from metro and has onsite private parking for patients. Present owner is retiring but will aid with smooth transition. This practice has been in the same location for the 40 years and has an excellent referral base. Must be licensed to practice in the state of Virginia. Please contact drmichaelfine@aol.com. Cell Phone 703-582-5999.

PODIATRISTS NEEDED - LOS ANGELES, CA
 
Home Foot Care, Inc. Is looking for motivated podiatrists to provide quality mobile care to our home-bound patients. Flexible schedule, independence, great compensation. If interested, please email resume to homefootcare@hotmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - WASHINGTON, DC/ MD SUBURBS

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ASSOCIATE POSITION - HAMPTON ROADS VIRGINIA

Needs to be highly motivated, INDEPENDENT and surgically-trained to join a successful 40+ year practice surrounded with water sports, beaches and hiking. PSR24/36; well versed in forefoot and rearfoot surgery, diabetic wound care, sports medicine and diagnostic ultrasound. Please email CV & cover letter to fixafoot@cox.net

ASSOCIATE WANTED - CENTRAL/SHORE AREA - TOMS RIVER, NJ

FT/PT Looking for a HIGHLY motivated, organized, ethical associate. EMR/digital 20/20 x-ray/NCV/vascular testing all on premises. Trauma, DM, wound care & large routine & children mix. Must have NJ license. Should be Board Qualified/Certified Potential for future BUY-IN Send CV to toesec@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NAPLES, FLORIDA

Great opportunity for PSR- 24/36 BE/BC podiatrist with strong surgical skills to join multi-office practice. Hospital privileges available at 648 bed hospital system, 200 bed hospital system and multiple surgical centers. Candidate should have the skills and desire to perform rearfoot/ankle surgery. Florida has a great scope of practice law and we rotate for ER call. Candidate needs to be ethical and motivated. Established practitioner or new practitioner. In a cover letter tell me why you should be selected for the team. Email cover letter and CV with subject line "I am your new team member." to: Drgordon@gulfcoastfootcare.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION- DAYTON, OHIO

Join an established group practice in Dayton, Ohio excellent reputation, large referral base. Base Salary$120,000, benefits and bonus structure. EMR; diagnostic ultrasound; Padnet; CO2 and Cutera Laser for nails, all aspects of DME. We need well trained personable PSR24/36 surgeon. Future Buy-in available. Please send CV to Ohiomedical@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - MASSACHUSSETS

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ASSOCIATE POSITION - BEVERLY HILLS CALIFORNIA
 
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FT OR PT ASSOCIATE - SOUTH JERSEY

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