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August 04, 2012 #4,532 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

GA Podiatrist Discusses 4 Features to Look For in Summer Footwear

Podiatrist Dr. Rami Calis explains that during the summer, people tend to be more active. "Unfortunately, the shoewear that goes along with a lot of the summer activity tends to be less supportive, so people become more prone to injuries like heel pain on the bottom or the back of the heel."

Dr. Rami Calis

Dr. Calis suggests four features of shoes that you should consider having to prevent these aches. "One is have something around the ankle to hold the shoe in place. Two, have some sort of arch in the shoe if possible. Three, would be a thicker rubber sole to give you some shock absorption and four, to have a slightly deeper heel cup to hold your heel in position."  

Source: Susan Hendricks, CNN [7/31/12]

Dr.Comfort


INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

UK Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Neuromas

A neuroma is an excruciating condition which occurs when a nerve gets trapped between the bones of the foot, resulting in pain on the ball of the foot and at the base of the toes. More than a million Britons are affected: high heels and hormonal changes, such as menopause, can exacerbate the problem. Treatments include supports worn inside the shoe and injections of steroid, alcohol, and liquid nitrogen into the nerve.

Mike O'Neill

But if these don’t work, it’s possible to have a 15-minute operation, where surgeons remove a fingernail-sized portion of the nerve. Studies show it’s effective in 80   per cent of cases. "Patients who have suffered years of excruciating pain can find the problem has gone for good," says Mike O’Neill, podiatrist and spokesman for the College of Podiatry. "But in 20 per cent of cases, the nerve stump can regrow, so it has to be done again."

Source: Carol Davis, Daily Mail [7/30/12]

Carevision


PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE

MD Podiatrist Discusses Foot & Ankle Injuries in Olympic Athletes

From plantar fasciitis to Lisfranc injuries to ankle sprains and stress fractures, Olympic athletes, including Jason Burnett, Jon Horton, Chellsie Memmel, Sam Mikulak, McKayla Maroney, and others have dealt with their fair share of injuries as they prepared for and now compete in the Summer Games.

Dr. Timothy Swartz

According to Maryland foot and ankle surgeon and Fellow member of ACFAS, Timothy Swartz, DPM, FACFAS, "One of the most common athletic foot injuries, plantar fasciitis, is a painful injury that is most commonly found in those who are on their feet a lot, like athletes. It can be caused by abnormally high or low arches, insufficient support in footwear, or simply putting too much strain on one's feet."

Source: Sacramento Bee [7/31/12]

Hyperion


PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY

Phoenix Magazine Names Top Docs

Phoenix Magazine selected this year's Top Docs through a peer-review survey of over 5,000 area physicians. The surveys asked the doctors to nominate peers who, in their judgment, are the best in their field.

Dr. Lewis Freed

The following podiatrists were selected as Top Docs 2012 by Phoenix Magazine: Drs. Kris DiNucci, Alan Discont, Albert Eulano, Mark Forman, Lewis Freed (received most votes), J Timothy Harlan, Daniel Schulman, Michael Sekosky, Kerry Zang, and Larry Zonis.

Source: Phoenix Magazine

Powerstep


QUERIES (NON-CLINCAL)

Query: Source for Looking up Deceased Patients?

We will be moving our office in the next few months and want to send out notices to our patients. We do not want to send out announcements to patients or their spouses who may be deceased. Besides calling Medicare to find this information using their IVR system, is there another way to find out if Medicare patients are deceased, such as PDF files or similar?

J. Ressler, DPM Lauderhill, FL

SammyUICSSammy

CODINGLINE CORNER

Query:  Coding a Bunionectomy - Osteotomy - Implant

I performed a decompression 1st metatarsal osteotomy/bunionectomy followed by inserting a titanium hemi-implant at the base of the proximal phalanx. This patient has CIGNA insurance.

How should I code the procedure(s)? Bunionectomy with osteotomy (CPT 28296) plus insertion of an implant (CPT 28293); or as an osteotomy of the 1st metatarsal (CPT 28306) plus CPT 28293?

PM News Subscriber

Response: You cannot bill CPT 28296 plus CPT 28293 since you would be billing for 2 bunionectomy procedures on one foot...something you did not do. Your coding should be:

CPT 28293 - bunionectomy with implant
CPT 28306-59 - osteotomy, 1st metatarsal

Harry Goldsmith, DPM, Cerritos, CA

Editor's note: Dr. Goldsmith is a featured speaker (and available for your questions) at the Codingline-PM News Coding & Practice Management Workshop, August 20-22 (following the APMA Annual Meeting) at the Greenbrier - www.podiatrym.com/greenbrier.cfm

Codingline subscription information can be found here
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Danipro


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL)

RE: Chronic Diabetic Ulcer (Kel Sherkin, DPM)
From: Howard J. Bonenberger, DPM

Dr. Sherkin's patient probably has some degree of structural or functional hallux limitus. The long hallux may be due in part to a long first metatarsal. These same lesions and hallux IPJ hyperextension are often seen in the non-diabetic who has these 1st MTPJ dorsiflexion limitations. Until these are addressed, re-ulceration will persist and may eventually lead to an osteomyelitis. If not already done, I suggest diagnostic studies to rule out chronic osteomyelitis as well.

Howard J. Bonenberger, DPM, Nashua, NH, howardbon@aol.com

Pedinol


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)

RE: Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Perk (Joel Lang, DPM)
From: Russ Barone, DPM

This one really struck a nerve with me. May I suggest that as a retired podiatrist, Dr. Lang finds the time to start an insurance company and pay for healthcare claims. He could determine the premiums, the payouts, the deductibles, co- pays and his own salary. It is possible that he would generate so much business with such a large volume of customers and followers; he could be a very generous insurance company. Even people with a serious pre-existing condition could say come on in. He will pay your bills! Just the magnitude of your number of clients would allow for a "Cadillac policy" for everybody. This would allow you to keep the premiums very low. What would your salary be Dr. Lang?

What did Pelosi say?: We need to pass it to see what's in it! Well, on page 58 the law says: "The government will have real-time access to an individual's bank account and will have the authority to...

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

MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

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Podiatry Institute


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)

RE: CA Podiatrist Says Team Approach Saves Limbs and Lives (Lee Rogers, DPM)
From: Elliot Udell, DPM

The core of this discussion is whether lower extremity amputations are of themselves a cause of increased mortality independent of underlying vascular pathology which contributed to the need for the amputation. Dr. Rogers cites increased mortality associated with hip fractures and speculates that sedentary lifestyle may be the cause of this increased mortality and the same would apply to amputees.

In a letter to PM News, I postulated that the increased mortality may be independent of the amputation because patients with diabetes in need of an amputation have severe systemic vascular disease which in itself may be a cause of increased mortality. There have been many papers published over the years which cite an...

Editor's Note: Dr. Udell's extended-length letter appears here.

MEETING NOTICES - PART2

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CLASSIFIED ADS

ASSOCIATE POSITION - LOUISVILLE, KY

Immediate position for established practice in excellent location with option to buy. All phases of podiatry with good mix of patients. Two local residency programs with foot and ankle and trauma privileges. Office has EMR qualifying for meaningful use in the first year. PADnet vascular testing. Send resume to: samuel10530@yahoo.com.

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTHERN VIRGINIA

Small, high-volume, non-surgical conservative care practice in Northern Virginia looking for hard-working, caring full-time podiatrist. Must enjoy, respect benefits of palliative care, diabetic foot care, foot biomechanics. Experience good. Great attitude better. Must be team player, practical, flexible problem-solver. Looking for someone committed to grow practice.  Not looking for equity partner now, but if you prove yourself with great performance and attitude, a partner would be welcome. Send resume and CV to karenafp@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - WASHINGTON, DC

Prominent two office (3 practitioner) podiatric medical group seeking well rounded, personable individual with good medical and surgical skills. Must be 24/36 month trained, board qualified or certified foot and ankle surgeon. Salary with benefits package. Serious inquiries to ponyrunner66@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - MANHATTAN

Podiatrist needed for busy state-of-the-art offices in Manhattan. Offices are located near Penn and Grand Central Station. 10+ years experience only and an out-of-network doctor for most insurances. Please forward your information and CV to: roni@myfcny.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION – NORTHERN CALIFORNIA/BAY AREA

We’re looking for someone entrepreneurial who can help grow our practice. Must have great people skills, clinical/surgical skills, and positive demeanor. California license required. Send your CV and cover letter to cvpodiatrist@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - YONKERS, NY

Immediate part-time associate position now available. Appx: 3 1/2 days per week with room to grow. Practice is a good balance of all aspects of podiatric foot care, including surgery. Perfect opportunity for new graduate, or experienced podiatrist. Looking for the right person to transition into vacancy that will be left by current associate leaving the area and you will have an immediate, full schedule of patients. Over 25 year well-established practice with large referral base, and both hospital and surgery center privileges available. Interested persons please forward CV and brief summary of surgical log to: Podiodoc@gmail.com914.584.1434

ASSOCIATE POSITION - OHIO

Ohio practice with excellent reputation and patient base seeks to hire a Podiatric Surgeon. The offices are state of the art including Digital X-Ray, EMR, Diagnostic ultrasound, Padnet Vascular Testing, CO- 2 Lasers all aspects of DME. The base salary is $120,000 with a bonus structure and benefits also would like to have this individual buy into the practice eventually. Please send CV to: Ohiopodiatrist@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - BAKERSFIELD, CA

IMMEDIATE OPENING: Office and hospital-based podiatry group in Bakersfield, CA seeks highly trained surgical associate to join us. Prefer surgeon with trauma and Charcot reconstructive experience. Staff privileges with 5 local hospitals. Offering health insurance, CME allowance and competitive salary. Must be PSR 24/36 trained, ethical and thoughtful when treating patients. Please forward CV and letter of intent to: modpm@aol.com.

ASSOCIATE POSITION WEST COAST FLORIDA

Outstanding opportunity for PSR-36 graduate to join successful group podiatry practice. Seeking a sociable, articulate graduate who is confident in foot and ankle surgery but also enjoys all phases of podiatry. Long-term opportunity for the right candidate with generous pay and benefits. Reply to: jwicks@cortezfootandankle.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION – BROOKLYN, NY

Full-time position available with excellent salary in a state-of-art-office. Please email your resume to: irenefootcare@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - SEATTLE, WA AREA

A well-established, solo-physician practice seeking a Full-Time Associate Podiatrist. Applicant should be: well trained physician, personable and motivated individual with sound surgical skills. Applicant must have completed a 24-36 month residency. Practice offers a state-of-the-art practice setting, with a good general mix of all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery. Competitive salary and benefits. Partnership opportunities available. E-mail your letter of interest with resume to: seattlefootdoctor@yahoo.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - MANHATTAN

Well-established successful Park Avenue podiatry practice is recruiting skilled and well trained DPM with a minimum of 3 years of experience. Must be experienced in rear and forefoot reconstruction. Must be self- motivated, and great with patients. State-of-the-art practice facilities and technologies which include: in-office physical therapy, digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and electronic medical records. MRI, and private operating room. All interested candidate email CV to: institutebeaute885@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK

Exciting Opportunity! Associate position. Must be Board Qualified. Joining all Board Certified Doctors in foot surgery and reconstructive rear-foot and ankle surgery. Respond to:Podiatryoffice@doctor.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NJ

Immediate opening for full-time or 2 part-time DPMs for diversified practice that features most all phases of podiatric medicine and surgery. Full-time candidate must be ABPS Board Certified in Foot Surgery or PSR 24/36 Bd Qualified in RRF. Competitive salary and bonus. Great working conditions and area. Realistic Partnership opportunity. Send resume to:MonmouthDPM@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW YORK CITY & QUEENS

High Income Potential. One of the fastest growing podiatry practices in New York City and Queens seeks a hard-working podiatrist who participates with HealthFirst, Fidelis, and other Medicaid plans. Contact me at: Podocare@aol.com

EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - USED PODIATRIC LASERS

Great price, great outcome. Stop wasting money on expense lasers. Personally owned and used few hours in my office,. 10 and 30 watts lasers. Two handpieces in one. First one for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, pain, inflammation. 2nd handpiece for surgical ablation and fungus toenail conditions. Portable fast and very cost-effective:footcare@comcast.net

EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

Retiring from practice. Equipment For sale. Mini x-ray. One year old Ultrasound with MS arterial/venous X-ray plates. Great condition Ritter chairs. Drills, surgical tools. So much. Just ask, I probably have it: Footcare@comcast.net

PRACTICE FOR SALE - SOUTHWEST FL

multilocation multidoctor practice in beautiful Southwest Florida . Practice has grossed over seven figures consistently and currently shows 10-15% growth in revenues with increase in new patients and patient visits. EHR is already implemented with meaningful use criteria met. Practice has been professionally evaluated by Provider Resources. Only serious inquiries to this email address. This is a great practice in Paradise and a good opportunity for the right doctor or doctors. Email to: practiceforsaleswfla@gmail.com.

PRACTICE FOR SALE – KANSAS SOUTHWEST

For sale multi-location practice in beautiful Southwest Kansas. Practice has 10-15% growth in revenues with increase in new patients and patient visits. EHR is already implemented with meaningful use criteria met. Recently added new office space with digital x-ray. Only surgical podiatrist in 2 of 3 locations. Practice has been professionally evaluated by Provider Resources. Only serious inquiries to this email address. This is a great practice, a great location and opportunity for the right doctor. mcrosby@picagroup.com

PRACTICE FOR SALE - NEW ROCHELLE, NY

Flexible terms. Stable location, medical co-op, 24 year practice with a stable established patient base. Great opportunity for a self motivated podiatrist wanting immediate income and future stability. Call 551-574-0776 for details.

PRACTICE FOR SALE - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Established 40+ year old well-rounded practice of both surgical and non-surgical care with special emphasis on sports medicine. Medicare and BS/private insurance base, no Medical assistance. Needs to transition to a confident well trained individual. Purchase can include building. Contact: podiatrypracticesale@gmail.com

SPACE AVAILABLE - NYC & LI

Office to sublet and share - 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. Also availability E 22nd between 2nd and 3rd and E 70th off 3rd. Turn-key operation - no investment needed  516 476-1815  PODO2345@AOL.COM

WANTED LOCUM TENENS - CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS

Busy general group practice in beautiful Brewster Massachusetts in need of help. We are one practitioner down due to medical leave during our busy season. Stay one month or three offering housing and top salary.  Possibility to lead to full time Associate/Partnership. Please email your interest to:  ltboudreau@gmail.com

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