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September 07, 2013 #4,869 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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Congratulations to Robert Greene, DPM of Worcester, MA, winner of a free registration for the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management's (AAPPM) Fall Conference at the Lago Mar Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, November 7-10 (Value $645).  We encourage you to participate in this year's important annual survey at podiatrym.com/survey Completing this anonymous survey provides us with valuable data, which we will publish in the February 2014 issue of Podiatry Management. It also makes you eligible to win thousands of dollars of valuable prizes. Enter by completing this confidential survey. The earlier you enter, the more chances you have to win. Please complete the entire survey.

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This week's prize is a free registration for the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management's (AAPPM) 2014 Midwinter Conference,  February 27 - March 2, 2014 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, (Value $645).

This is also your opportunity to vote for the next DPM and Non-DPM inductees into the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame.

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

IL Podiatrist Discusses Onychomycosis

"Fungal toenails are a thickening and discoloration caused by an organism called a fungus, which exists almost everywhere," says podiatrist Dr. Melissa Lockwood.

Dr. Melissa Lockwood

One of the newest treatments for fungal nails is laser therapy. "Used in conjunction with topical therapy, it's about 90% effective," says Lockwood. "Topical treatments, along with shoe sterilization and the choice of socks which wick moisture away from feet are important in preventing re-infection," says Lockwood.

Source: CI News Now (NBC-TV) [9/4/13]

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AT THE COLLEGES

NYCPM to Honor 3 Women Podiatrists

On the evening of Thursday, November 14, 2013, the College will be holding a Convocation honoring Women in Podiatry. This honor will be given to three podiatrists – Drs. Susheel Bathla,  Kathleen Reilly Fallon, and Halina M. Semla-Pulaski, all graduates of NYCPM.

Drs. Susheel Bathla, Kathleen Reilly Fallon, and Halina M. Semla-Pulaski

These women will be recognized by President Louis L. Levine and the Board of Trustees both for their professional and personal contributions to podiatric medicine, and for their community service. The ceremeony will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.

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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY

NY Podiatrist to Speak at Health Conference

Senior Care of Hollis has announced that Tahir Khan, DPM, MD, MPH, PhD will be one of the speakers at its September, 2013 meeting. The meeting will discuss “How to Live an Active and Healthy Lifestyle beyond Age 60”. Dr. Khan will speak on “Common Lower Extremity Problems beyond Age 60.”

Dr. Tamir Khan

With numerous publications in various journals, Dr. Khan is a leading podiatric researcher and lower extremity limb salvage expert.

Source: NYC News [9/6/13]

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APMA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION NEWS

APMA Educational Foundation Awards 208 Scholarships

Thanks to our endowment benefactors, 2013 Annual Giving Campaign donors, and friends of our profession, the foundation distributed more than $245,000 and awarded 208 scholarships to third- and fourth-year podiatric medical students.

This year, the foundation was able to award 20 more scholarships than it did last year. Since 2005, the foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected by the college scholarship committee at each college of podiatric medicine based on financial need, grade point average, podiatric community service, and leadership involvement.

Source: APMA Weekly Focus [9/4/13]

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E-HEALTH NEWS

MGMA Seeks EHR Penalty Moratorium in 2015

Medical group practice administrators are calling on the Obama administration to prevent Medicare payment penalties under the federal electronic health record adoption initiative for physicians. They seek the penalty removal for doctors who already have demonstrated meaningful use of the paperless systems but whose systems do not meet the tougher standards in the next phase of the program.

MGMA-ACMPE, an organization representing medical practice managers, wrote an Aug. 21 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius citing concerns over EHR vendor readiness and asking for a penalty moratorium. Physician practices achieving stage 1 of meaningful use by 2012 will proceed to stage 2 in 2014. All doctors are expected to demonstrate meaningful use by 2014, with non-compliance triggering a 1% penalty on Medicare pay in 2015.

Source: Amednews [9/2/13]

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CODINGLINE CORNER

Query: History of Present Illness Question

If a patient presents for treatment of neuropathy and a complete history of present illness (HPI) for this complaint is performed and, in the course of the examination, an ulceration is noted that the patient is unaware of, can/should we than go back to the HPI and enter an additional complaint to correspond with the history of present illness?

Vincent Longobardo, DPM, Crossville, TN

Response: Absolutely you should record the history of present illness (HPI) (and review of systems - ROS) information you needed to gather for an unexpected problem identified on physical exam. First and foremost, your medical record documentation needs to be a reflection of the clinical picture you evaluated and treated that day. You absolutely, categorically should NOT stop recording clinically pertinent information about your assessment of the patient simply because you think you have "enough" documentation for the E/M level you'll be reporting.

If you're on an EMR and "going back to the HPI" means that you need to re-open that page and begin recording additional information, I suggest documenting it in free text narrative rather than making it appear as though this unexpected complaint was part of the original reason for the visit. A "tethering" statement that essentially reflects what you said will help the picture painted by the overall documentation of the day and accurately reflect how this new problem was identified.

Something as simple as "Upon physical exam, an [size] ulceration on the proximal aspect of the left great toe was identified. The patient was unaware of this lesion but states he had worn a new pair of shoes while walking at the state fair last weekend. No pain. Has not noticed any discharge on his socks since the event." Now you've got the clinically pertinent HPI and ROS for this new problem - and you've made it clear that it was a new problem due to an expected finding on physical exam. Hopefully, your EMR will allow you to document it this way!

Joan Gilhooly, CPC, CHCC, Lebanon, OH

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL)

RE: Mueller-Weiss Syndrome
From: Joseph Borreggine, DPM

The standard of care for a failed conservative treatment plan for Mueller-Weiss syndrome is a solitary talonavicular joint fusion, or a full medial column fusion, or triple arthrodesis.

I have found that the medial column fusion seems to work best in these cases.

Joseph Borreggine, DPM, Charleston, IL, footfixr@consolidated.net

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)

RE: Podiatrists and Hospital Privileges
From: Bryan C. Markinson, DPM

The notion that non-surgical podiatrists do not need hospital privileges keeps popping up in the discussions involving the residency crisis. This immature notion is only propagated by selfish colleagues, period. While our profession, colleges, and APMA markets podiatry as the "guardians of foot health," I ask the following: Doesn't a diabetic foot specialist, who does not do surgery, have a need to admit patients for infections, wounds, etc.?

Does the removal of a metatarsal head or toe amputation require 46 initials after your name? And what of the poor lot of us who have distinguished ourselves in sports medicine,...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Markinson's extended-length letter can be read here.

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RESPONSES /COMMENTS (RESIDENCY SHORTAGE CRISIS)

RE: I Want to Work as a Podiatrist (Bryan Markinson, DPM)
From: Michael Forman, DPM

As usual, Dr. Bryan Markinson's analysis of our profession is right on. I have learned from my younger colleagues and my friend Michael Turlik that our medical decisions should be based on evidence rather than anecdotal stories. However, I would like to give you my anecdotal opinion which unfortunately is not evidence-based.

1. Our schools cannot train a student to be a podiatrist.

2. In my opinion, a minimally competent (accent on competent) podiatrist should at least be trained to do...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Forman's extended-length letter can be read here.

MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 1

RE: IA Podiatrist Discusses Benefits of Earthing Footwear
From: Steven King, DPM, Steven D Epstein, DPM

Could we assume that helicopter ground crews and people who make computer chips are the healthiest because they wear electrical conductive footwear? Will standing in a wet shower barefooted once a day be long enough to "balance" my free radicals? I bet I have a lot of them.

When can we expect some peer-reviewed published research on grounding before it is accepted as true medicine? Once they sold irradiated water coolers at health spas claiming significant health benefits as well.

Steven King, DPM, Maui, HI, kingetics@gmail.com

This is a hoax, an Onion story, right? But it's not April Fool's Day yet.

Steven D Epstein, DPM, Lebanon, PA, sdepstein@yahoo.com

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 2

RE: NY Podiatrist Sues Yelp Claiming the Website Posted Phony Reviews
From: Johanna Youner, DPM

Yelp removed the fake review after the media onslaught. I'm pretty sure that means I won.

Johanna Youner, DPM, NY, NY, jyouner@nyc.rr.com

MEETING NOTICES - PART 3


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Immediate opening for a full time podiatrist in a rapidly expanding multi-office practice in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. Compensation is performance based with patients scheduled from day 1 but must be entrepreneurial and an ambitious individual who can provide excellent care and expand already existing patient base. Should be familiar and competent in podiatric surgery, biomechanics, trauma, PRP, wound care, and ultrasound diagnostics. Send CV to ArizonaFootAnkle@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - PENNSYLVANIA

Associate Wanted for busy, multifaceted podiatry practice in Chester and Delaware counties, Pennsylvania. Seeking PSR-24/36 trained podiatrist for full/part time associate position. Two offices and hospital privileges. Send CV and letter to: 123bunion@gmail.com

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Associate wanted for established practice in the suburbs of Chicago, self motivated and patient oriented a must. We will provide you with a state of the art facility, experienced support staff, $100,000+ salary, 401K with match, bonus and flexible hours. Please forward cover letter and CV to chrisbaileydpm@sbcglobal.net or fax 815-230-4925.

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Looking for reliable, honest, and motivated podiatrists to join our group to assist with house calls to patient’s home residences and  group facilities. Candidate must be willing to drive throughout the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. Part/Full time, flexible hours, independence, great compensation! Please email resume to: homefootcare@hotmail.com

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A well-established, Midwest multi-physician practice with strong hospital affiliations seeking FT podiatrist. Applicant should be well trained surgical physician, completed a 12/24 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.

ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – MARYLAND (FULL-TIME/PART-TIME)

 Are you motivated, personable and enjoy working with the elderly? We are offering part-time positions in Maryland. Podiatry Management Services provides care in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Senior Homes, Adult Daycare and other similar facilities. Please e-mail your CV to: drhprosen@verizon.net or fax to 410-486-2049 or call Dr. Herbert Rosen at 410-580-0255.

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