October 16, 2009 #3,676 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD
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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Soft Surfaces Reduce the Chance of Injury: NJ Podiatrist
Increasing mileage increases your chances of sports injury. "If you can't run on back-to-back days, there's something wrong," says John F. Connors, DPM, a podiatric physician who treats world-class runners. Watch for pains that get worse with each workout, and persistent swelling in the knees, ankles, or feet. For prevention: Go soft.
Dr. John Connors
Hard, uneven surfaces compound your risk of nagging sports injuries like shinsplints. "The only time you see a Kenyan runner on the road is on race day," says Dr. Connors. Find surfaces like grass, dirt, wood chips, or a track.
Source: Men's Health [10/13/09]
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CSPM Students Use Simulation Teaching Tools
Students from the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), a school within Samuel Merritt University, are incorporating simulated learning methods into the curricula. As part of their podiatric surgical rotation, thirteen third-year students from the school’s Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program travelled to the laboratories of Pacific Medical Inc. in Tracy, California, where they participated in a full-day of hands-on surgical training with instrumentation provided by Arthrex Corporation. The cadaveric surgical skills learning center incorporates new, state-of-the-art technology in surgical procedures.
CPMS Students and faculty use surgical instrumentation
“The goal of this program is to provide students with a strong foundation in surgical skills as part of their surgical rotation,” explains William M. Jenkin, DPM, Chair and Professor, Department of Podiatric Surgery at CSPM. “As a result of this educational experience, students are better prepared and confident to meet the challenges of performing and practicing surgical skills during clinical rotations in their third and fourth years which will better prepare them for residencies.”
FL Podiatrist Fears Loss of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality
The federal Department of Health and Human Services is working to create health information exchanges, which would make records electronically accessible across offices or hospitals. "All of a sudden that doctor-patient confidentiality is gone," says Tampa podiatrist, Dr. Ira Shandles. He says he could end up with access to patient information he doesn't want or need.
Dr. Ira Shandles
"All of those patients' medical records, not just things relevant to the treatment," Shandles says. So he does it the old fashioned way, keeping records under lock and key.
Source: Kerry Kavanaugh, ABC News [10/14/09]
Medicaid Pay Could be Cut Again When Stimulus Money Runs Out
Federal stimulus funding has helped state Medicaid programs avoid drastic reductions in eligibility and physician fees, but program directors already are contemplating such cuts when the additional federal support runs out at the end of next year.
States faced unprecedented financial pressures in fiscal 2009, which ended on June 30 for most states. They experienced a surge in new Medicaid enrollees and a historic decline in tax revenues. States coped by trimming or freezing Medicaid fees and restricting benefits, among other actions, according to a ninth annual survey of state Medicaid directors, released Sept. 30 by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates. Thirteen states have reduced Medicaid rates for physicians in fiscal 2010, the most since at least 2004.
Source: Doug Trapp, AMNews [10/12/09]
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Turn Around a Problem Employee
Before you decide to show a problem employee the door, use this last-ditch tactic:
Describe your management goal. Say something like this: “I want the people who work for me to be excited about their jobs, to love coming to work, and to bring all their passion and skills to work every day.”
Personalize it. Say: “I don’t see that happening with you. So I am wondering if this is the place where you want to be. Is this a job that you can bring your talent, passion and skills to every day?”
Empower the employee. Emphasize that the choice is not yours to make: “Only you can answer that. Do you need some time to think about it, or are you ready to answer that question now?”
If the employee wants to stay, say “Great; let’s look at what needs to happen.” Then move on to discussing goals, improvements and accountability. If the employee decides to leave, discuss the best way—and time—to end the relationship amicably.
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Query: Cryoablation for Plantar Fibroma
What experiences have other docs had with cryoablation for plantar fibromas? I have had the CryoStar unit recommended. Is there FDA approval and literature references for this application?
I have been using Curamedix EPAT for 8 months. Results are similar to high energy ESWT and it is a lot easier to administer and much less expensive. I ended up purchasing the unit partly to use on my own recurring overuse/running injuries (infrapatella tendinopathy, insertional hamstring strain), and have found it very helpful. Unfortunately, it is not helpful on my current injury--lateral malleolar fracture.
RE: EBM and the Cost of Orthoses (Mr. Jeff Root) From: Paul Kesselman, DPM
For the most part, I would have to echo the sentiments of Jeff Root in his previous letter concerning evidence-based medicine and orthotics. Part of the difficulty is designing an objective study which can factor in or out an innumerable number of variables. Some other difficult variables are patient compliance, the wide range of subjective complaints and symptoms offered by patients and ultimate diagnoses.
The one issue I would like to take exception with is...
RE: Kudos to Avon Walk-a-Thon Volunteers
From: Richard Goldstein, DPM
This past Saturday, I once again had the pleasure of volunteering at the Avon 3-day Breast Cancer walk-a-thon, a great event for a great cause. As you would expect, the podiatry tent was probably the busiest tent in the medical area. Most of the walkers completed 27 miles on Saturday, and despite their injuries, had a strong desire to continue their walk to completion with 13 more miles on Sunday.
I think that PM News readers should be aware of, and commend Dr. Howard Baskin and Dr. Michael Barkin who head the podiatry section of this event. These two doctors work tirelessly organizing and implementing a successful and gratifying experience, not only for the walkers, but for the volunteers as well. The day of the walk, they spend countless hours on Randall's Island and sleep there to man the tent early in the morning, so that these walkers may continue on their journey.
I am certain that so many people would not be able to continue their walk if it were not for the podiatry tent. I highly recommend those able, to volunteer at next year’s walk; it is a rewarding experience.
RE: A Comparison of Negative Casting Techniques Used for the Fabrication of Custom Ankle-Foot Orthoses (Michael Turlik, DPM)
From: Robert Bijak, DPM
Dr. Turlick makes one of the bravest, scientifically-based statements I've heard. To go against popular dogma that orthoses are so advantageous is corroborated by scientific studies. The medical community and the insurance companies realized long ago the weak science behind orthotics. They literally weren't buying it. This stands the murky alchemy of podiatric biomechanics on its head and rightfully shows if we are to be doctors, let's let this type of treatment return to C. PEDS and shoe salesmen. As students, many of us looked at each other incredulously when trying to bisect a heel or use a tractograph in school. The reproducibility was laughable, yet an industry and many podiatric fortunes are founded on this myth. The Emperor wears no clothes.
RE: Obama’s Healthcare Plan From: Narmo L. Ortiz, Jr., DPM
I have read with interest the many postings from different colleagues, most of them offering economical and administrative explanations on the makeup and operations of both the U.S. and Canadian healthcare systems, as well to comparisons from the European models. Unfortunately, no matter who is wrong or right in any of these debates, the reality is that the true nature of most human beings is to follow Nature's survival of the fittest and of its own interests.
Yes, we will continue to contribute money to those who legislate and supply us with the illusion of getting a piece of the pie while they themselves get their own privileges and empowerment. That has been, is, and will be the reality of any government of the world, be it capitalist, socialist, communist, totalitarian, or monarchic. That is the history of humanity and our status quo.
I believe in healthcare for all mankind, but I also believe in being responsible for your own well-being. How to balance those two issues to make a working model for healthcare reform is the biggest challenge of all.
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