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September 03, 2009 #3,639 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

MO Podiatrist Discusses Heel Pain

An aching or stinging sensation in the heel is among the most common patient concerns, says Dr. John Holtzman, a podiatrist with Missouri Foot and Ankle in St. Louis. “People who spend a lot of time standing on hard floors, especially without properly supportive shoes, and athletes who put a lot of pressure on their feet from running or jumping, often report heel pain,” he says. The causes vary, and determining the underlying problem is the first step.

Dr. John Holtzman

Most heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue band (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes. “People often notice pain from plantar fasciitis when they stand up first thing in the morning,” Holtzman says. This is because the plantar fascia tends to contract when pressure is removed from the foot. Standing up requires the plantar fascia to stretch, irritating the inflamed tissues.

If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can result in heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that form on the heel bone and appear as bony protrusions in x-rays. These spurs also can cause heel pain. Holtzman says other potential culprits include bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between the Achilles’ tendon and heel bone, and other inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis.

Source: Connie Mitchell, Ladue News


MEDICARE NEWS

Half of Large Practices Net Bonuses From Medicare P4P Demo

The Obama White House has indicated it will continue the move toward more pay-for-performance in Medicare, despite mixed results for physicians in the P4P demonstrations it inherited from the previous administration. On Aug. 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services disclosed findings from three ongoing programs -- including first-year results from a small-practice demonstration -- and announced the start of three new value-based purchasing demonstrations.

Third-year results were revealed for the Physician Group Practice Demonstration, which is in its fifth year of operation and is slated to end March 31, 2010. Although CMS has extended the demonstration twice beyond its initial three-year limit, the agency said it does not anticipate extending the program again.

All 10 of the large physician groups participating in the program achieved benchmark performances on at least 28 of 32 quality-of-care measures, which cover diabetes, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertension and cancer screening. Groups can receive up to 80% of the savings they generate for Medicare by reducing medical complications and hospitalizations. But only five groups in the third year received performance bonuses, totaling $25.3 million. One group that achieved benchmark performances on all 32 measures -- Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, Minn. -- did not receive a bonus.
 
Source: Chris Silva, AMNews [8/3109]

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SUCCESS TIPS FROM THE MASTERS

Editor's Note: PM News is proud to present excerpts from Meet the Masters. Full versions of these interviews will appear in Podiatry Management Magazine.

Bret Ribotsky, DPM: How would you say you define success today?

Lowell Weil, DPM: Success can be in many different forms. It can be a financial success, it can be self-esteem. I think when we wrap it all up together, success is being very happy of what you do, waking up in the morning and saying I enjoy going to wherever I am going to work. It's being with people who are not only a lot of fun but, are productive mentally, stimulating, and at the same time it's being able to make a good living and be your own boss, where you can’t get dinged in this type of economy. That to me is success, and having respect from your family, being able to have everyone around you say that this is a person who really cares about what he or she is doing. 

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QUERIES (CLINICAL)

Query: Non-Fixated Osteotomies

Are any of my colleagues still performing non-fixated lesser metatarsal osteotomies in selected cases? Can these non-fixated osteotomies still be defended as being within "standard of care"?

Arden Smith, DPM, Great Neck, NY

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)

Query: Can Solo or Small Group Practices Survive?

Can the solo, or small group private practice with its rising overhead expenses survive outside of the current "fee for service" model?

Arden Smith, DPM, Great Neck, NY

Editor’s comment: There is a significant difference between a solo and a small group practice. In every PM Annual Practice Management survey in the past decade, podiatrists in group practices have earned over $10,000 more per practitioner than those in solo practices. We expect that differential to grow even more in the coming years. Solo practitioners are slowly, but surely, becoming extinct, but will likely still survive (while group practices flourish) for the foreseeable future.

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)

RE: Dealing With Depressed Patient (Donna M Alfieri, DPM)
From: Elliot Udell, DPM

Many people with emotional disorders such as clinical depression tend to hide them from doctors who are not directly involved in addressing these disorders. The fact that this patient opened up to you, Dr. Alfieri, says some very positive things in the way you relate to your patients. The ultimate therapeutic goal, from a podiatric perspective is to refer her to a mental health professional. As you discovered, making a mental health referral is perhaps the most difficult referral to make. Patients perceive of such referrals as: being made wrong, perceived as being crazy, not taken seriously, etc.

The way to handle it from the perspective of a podiatrist is to "be with the patient" and listen carefully to her story. Something is generating these feelings and she may need to express it and to your credit feels comfortable expressing it to you. Once she feels convinced that you care about her and calms down, the next step is to explain to her that you want her to see a mental health professional in the same way you would want her to see an endocrinologist if she had diabetes. It’s important to have the names and phone numbers of these professionals in your community. I published more than one paper on this topic, and may even have notes from a formal course I gave at the Pennsylvania College as part of their psych program. If you or any reader is interested, I will send copies of what I have. 
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY, Elliotu@aol.com

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RESPONSES / COMEMNTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: Membership in Medical Discount Buying Group (Mark Aldrich, DPM)
From: Chris Mahaffey, CAE, Michael Forman, DPM

The ACFAS group purchasing program is with E-Surg/Amerinet, the largest medical supplies distributor in the nation. We have no affiliation with MDBG whatsoever. ACFAS members can access this service at amerinet.esurg.com/acfas or call Michelle Brozell at ACFAS for more information, 773-693-9300 x1312.

Chris Mahaffey, CAE, Executive Director, ACFAS, Mahaffey@acfas.org

Our office uses MDGB for most purchases. They have contracts with many suppliers such as Meyer Distributors. They generally save us money, although we continue to shop for price. We are quite satisfied and feel that we save money.
 
Michael Forman, DPM, Cleveland, OH, IM4MAN@aol.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2

RE: Podiatric Surgeons and Generalists (Arden Smith, DPM)
From: Eric M. Hart, DPM, Elliot Udell, DPM

I've heard the same type of comment from orthopedic surgeons who specialize in foot and ankle care--many of them feel that podiatrists should ALL fill this role of a generalist. I've also heard the same comment from podiatrists who are well-trained in more complex foot and ankle surgery and would like to see greater surgical numbers.  I strongly believe that all podiatrists should be surgically trained with uniform residencies, but it is reasonable that some of us may be better suited for certain cases and that's where we need to do a better job of simply referring to one another. 

I'd like each of us to ask ourselves "who" we would have perform our foot or ankle surgery when and if it was needed. This came up in my residency training, when I saw a podiatrist attending ask a local foot and ankle surgeon to fix their simple ankle fracture. There were plenty of local podiatrists who would have done an excellent job, but were not asked to do it. I'm sure that case sent a message to every surgical tech, nurse, anesthesiologist, scheduler, and orthopedist in the OR that day. If we talk the talk, we have to be willing to walk the walk.
 
Eric M. Hart, DPM, Bismarck, ND, erichartdpm@gmail.com

Dr. Smith’s suggestion that podiatry become subspecialized in the way general dentists are toward oral surgeons is an ideal scenario which would be good for the public and ultimately good for our profession. I too have been in practice for over 30 years and one of the great failings I've  seen of surgical specialists within our profession is that they know how to accept a referral from their non-surgical colleagues but don't have the foggiest idea how and when to send the patient back to the referring general podiatrist.

To the contrary, most will keep the patient forever. I have witnessed this too many times with too many well known surgical podiatrists who should know better. An oral surgeon will not do cavities because he or she knows that if he does not send the patient back to the general dentist, that will be the last time he will see a referral from that dentist. The same holds true with general surgeons and primary care practitioners. It would be nice if we could mimic these other professional relationships. They are grounded in good business sense. Perhaps our practice management societies and surgical societies can devote time to teaching their members rudiments of making and accepting referrals from other podiatrists. 
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY, Elliotu@aol.com
 

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 1

RE: APMA Demands Retraction From Arizona Congressman
From: David Kleinbrodt, DPM

On Fox News with Neil Cavuto, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) likened podiatry to acupuncture and aromatherapy, and said it was "an esoteric demand that no one wanted or needed."  I hope everyone here writes this congressman a letter. Click here to send your letter.

David Kleinbrodt, DPM, Woodland Hills, CA,  dgkdpm@yahoo.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 2

RE: Addante Receives FIP Lifetime Achievement Award
From: Howard Dananberg, DPM

As his first resident, I would like to congratulate Joe on an award that was long overdue. He certainly marched to the tune of his own drummer, and along the way, conveyed a self-confidence to young podiatrists, making them extremely proud of who they were and what they did. The self-assurance that he instilled in me has lasted throughout my career and I have always thanked him for that. By taking his enthusiasm overseas, his efforts have surely advanced podiatric medicine, podiatric surgery, and podiatric psyche in Europe.

Howard Dananberg, DPM, Bedford, NH, howiedbpg@aol.com

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