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February 20, 2020 #6,619 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

Should a wound care rotation be part of podiatric residency training?
 
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AT THE COLLEGES
2 CA Podiatrists Join WesternU Faculty
 
Stephen C. Wan, DPM and John Tassone, DPM, nationally known doctors of podiatric medicine, have joined the College of Podiatric Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences where they will be teaching and mentoring podiatric students. Dr. Wan is recognized throughout the nation as a leading advocate for expanding the rights and privileges of doctors of podiatric medicine. Throughout his 40-years of practice in Torrance, California, he has held every position within the California Podiatric Medical Association, including President, and is a founding member of the Physicians and Surgeons Task Force.
 
Drs. Stephen Wan and John Tassone
 
Dr. Tassone has a 15 plus year history in podiatric academia, most recently teaching at the Midwestern University Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine. In addition to his board certification through the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, he completed a fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in diagnostic ultrasound and holds special certification in wound care.
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PODIATRISTS IN THE MEDIA
TN Podiatrist Explains Why Diabetics Should Wear White Socks 
 
“When you have diabetes and can’t feel your feet, you can develop a wound from trauma or something in your shoe; you can develop an infection and not know it,” says podiatrist Jared Gremillion, DPM. The progression from a small wound to a complicated infection can happen quickly.   
 
Dr. Jared Gremillion
 
That’s why Dr. Gremillion suggests that you check your feet often. “Don’t let anything go unnoticed. If you notice a wound or feel a tingling sensation or numbness in your foot, it definitely needs attention,” says Dr. Gremillion. “Diabetics should wear white socks so that if you have an infection, you will see the drainage on your socks.
 
Source: Sara Diamond, WJHL 
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PODIATRISTS AND HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS
CA, NY Podiatrists Complete Medical Mission in Philippines
 
Michael Fanous, DPM, President and Founder of Doctor's International along with Gary Oringer, DPM, both members of the Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery, have just completed a two-week volunteer mission in Manila. They treated hundreds of patients with problems ranging from general medical conditions to various foot and ankle ailments. 
 
Drs. Michael Fanous and Gary Oringer
 
Along with their dedication and time away from home, they paid for all medicines and prescriptions as a way to give back to less fortunate people in a third-world country. Doctor's International is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing medical care to underdeveloped nations around the world.
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FROM PM's CURRENT ISSUE
Several times a week, PM News posts an entire article from a recent issue of our partner, Podiatry Management Magazine. Please note that the views expressed in Podiatry Management Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of PM News or Barry Block.
 
Today's Featured Article
 
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
Personalized email Marketing in Healthcare - Part 3
 
3. Requirements for HIPAA Compliant Email Marketing
 
First of all, any correspondence which is subject to HIPAA must be encrypted.  This goes for all your email communication with patients or prospects, not just marketing emails.
 
Equally important, the vendor that you use to send your correspondence must sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with you.  However, in the email marketing space, a majority of vendors will not sign a BAA with their customers.  Of the few that do, it pays to read the fine print.  For example, vendors like Constant Contact do sign a BAA, yet their customers aren’t allowed to use their service to actually transmit protected health information (PHI) via email.
 
Source: Hoala Greevy, Physicians Practice [2/12/20]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Hallux Re-attachment
 
I performed a re-attachment of a 90% amputated, fractured, right hallux that was held in place only by the lateral skin. The surgery included removal of fractured bone, re-approximating of all tendons, subcutaneous tissues, and skin. Is there a code for re-attachment of hallux?
 
Juan Goez, DPM, Bellmore, NY
 
Response: From my reading, there are codes for re-attachment, but they are only to be used when the toe is completely detached. This was not the description in your case. I recommend coding for what was repaired such as the tendons, nerve(s), vascular structures, and/or bone.
 
Donald R. Blum, DPM, JD, Dallas, TX
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS) - PART 1A
From: Don Peacock DPM, MS
 
I agree with everything Dr. Robin Lenz states in his post. The only exception I have is regarding time spent in rotational programs. A surgical residency should be dedicated to surgery of the foot and ankle and lots of it. The wound care procedures such as total contact cast are skills to be learned in school and practice. In our area, nurses apply the total contact cast and they are good at it. 
 
Residents should be taught surgery and the non-useful rotations should be dropped. My residency was surgical and I am grateful for it. In today's rotation-style residencies, the residents are wasting their time. We are creating a number of residency-trained podiatrists who do not receive adequate surgical training - even with some 3-year programs. 
 
Don Peacock DPM, MS, Whiteville, NC
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS) - PART 1B
From: Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM
 
Robin Lenz, DPM recently wrote a letter explaining how important wound care issues are and should be a part of every DPM residency. I strongly agree. Some years before I retired, I heard an orthopedist who routinely used Achilles Tendon lengthening and gastrocnemius recession to treat very severe diabetic ulcerations, even for patients with very poor circulation. He presented sound evidence that this should be a “part of podiatric care” for diabetic ulcers. He made the point that DPMs should be doing MANY more of these than presently done. He also used some tendon releases in other tendons, but most of his surgery was gastroc recession and Achilles tendon lengthening.
 
When questioned about malpractice risk for patients with very poor circulation, he provided data that showed virtually NO...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Rosenblatt's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM ARTICLES)
From Elliot Udell, DPM
 
Perhaps, someone out there can answer a question that has been posed for years with no legitimate answer. Why has dentistry has been able to maintain clearly defined specialties and podiatry has not? In dentistry, there are oral surgeons who would never dream of filling a cavity or making a crown. There are periodontists who do gum surgery and endodontists who do root canals. Sure, some general dentists will do an extraction and some will do root canals, but you would never find an oral surgeon, endodontist, or periodontist encroaching on the turf of the general dentist. 
 
Far be it from for me to say that podiatrists are unethical or there is anything that prevents us from maintaining clearly defined specialties. It's obvious. It has to do with the economics of healthcare as it pertains to podiatry. Since I started my first days in our profession, the idea of having true specialties ala dentistry has always been espoused, but it has never gone beyond the realm of just being a good idea. What can we do to change the economic environment so as to have true specialties in our profession?
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Aptly named "Swirl Shoe"

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Associate, full-time wanted for busy modern office with the latest technology. Well established, all aspects of podiatry. Competitive salary and benefits. Send resume and cover letter as to ehy this interests you to DRFOOT44@GMAIL.COM
 
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Podiatrists needed to see home bound patients in the following areas: San Bernardino/Riverside,  Lancaster/Palmdale, Ventura/Oxnard, Los Angeles Choose your own days/hours, excellent monthly compensation, cloud-based EHR, dedicated support staff. If interested, email CV to: homefootcare@hotmail.com
 
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Amazing opportunity for new or currently practicing podiatrist in busy, state-of-the-art podiatry practice.  Existing patient pool with great/experienced staff, competitive salary plus bonus, benefits, surgical center opportunity. Full time position to start this summer.  Email CV to drfrankmail@icloud.com.
 
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Looking for ABFAS board certified or qualified podiatrist to join established, well-rounded practice. The ideal person should be hard-working, caring, and enjoy all aspects of practice including routine care, general podiatry, wound care and surgery. Salary, bonus and benefits.  Send CV to drbarnes@cbfootcare.com
 
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Podiatrists needed to visit and see patients in assisted living/independent living facilities in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. Choose your own work schedule, full or part-time. Support team is ready to assist in all aspects of this unique opportunity. E-mail CV/cover letter for more information to seniorspodiatry@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TAMPA BAY 
 
Immediate opening. Well-established, multi-doctor practice in one of the finest demographic areas of Tampa Bay. High tech, EMR, digital x-rays, ESWT. Sports medicine, surgery and general podiatry. No NH/HMOs. Excellent hospital privileges. CV to bpc77777@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST - WASHINGTON, D.C./METROPOLITAN MARYLAND
 
Established practice (3 locations) looking for a full-time podiatrist with opportunity for partnership. Must be motivated, personable and dedicated to our growing practice. Must have strong skills in wound care, diabetes, general podiatry and surgery. The ideal candidate will be able to merge into an already protocol-based office. State of the art, fully staffed facility including EMR, PadNet, DME, digital x-rays and shoe stores on premises. Staff privileges at 3 local hospitals. Great location close to Washington D.C. and Virginia. Please send C.V. to marylandpodiatryjobs@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST - SUBURBAN NEW YORK CITY 
 
Unique opportunity for highly skilled podiatrist to work with nationally renowned foot surgeon in well-established practice. Surgery, sports medicine, and dermatological focus: PinPointe laser, fluoroscope, diagnostic ultrasound, and other modern equipment. Must be surgically trained, willing to work hard, and grow with us. Partnership potential. Generous signing bonus. Join our successful family and winning team with over 40 years of experience proudly serving our community. Please send cover letter and CV to: linchpindpm@yahoo.com
 
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Immediate and July 2020 positions for busy practice in SWFL. ABFAS or ABPM BC or BQ. Athena  EMR, Digital x-rays, Ultrasound, DME. Base salary, plus bonus w extensive benefits. Also 1 fellowship position: ACFAS-approved surgical fellowship open for 2020 yr. MIS, RRA Surgery, Practice Management w over 2400 procedures/650 cases/yr.  Must have foot/RRA ABFAS qualified status by 8/2020.  DrLam@NaplesPodiatrist.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA 
 
Looking for ABFAS board certified or qualified podiatrist to join established, well-rounded practice. The ideal person should be hard-working, caring, and enjoy all aspects of practice including routine care, general podiatry, wound care and surgery. Salary, bonus and benefits.  Send CV to drbarnes@cbfootcare.com
 
WOUND CARE FELLOWSHIP - NEW YORK
 
CPME-APPROVED 12 month fellowship beginning July 1st, 2020. Hospital and clinic environment, with onsite hyperbaric medicine.  Working with infectious disease, dermatology, as well as general, vascular, and podiatric surgeons.  Must have completed a PMSR residency. Please contact jtfootcare@gmail.com.
 
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