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May 24, 2019 #6,425 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
Stretching Can Fend Off Achy Feet: IN Podiatrist
 
Flex those feet. Stretching can go far to fend off achy feet. “The Achilles tendon typically tightens as we age,” says Alex Kor, DPM, a Lebanon, IN-based podiatrist and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, who recommends this daily fix: 
 
Dr. Alex Kor
 
Sitting on the floor, legs straight in front of you, wrap a towel around the ball of your foot, holding the ends in each hand. Pull the ends toward you, until you feel a slight pull. (Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat five times on each leg.)
 
Source: Barbara Stepko, AARP [5/22/19]
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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART 1
FL Podiatrist/Osteopath Joins Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital
 
Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes family medicine physician Thomas V. Schalcosky, DO, DPM. Dr. Schalcosky earned a degree in podiatric medicine at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed a podiatric and surgical residency at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.
 
Dr. Thomas Schalcosky
 
He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. He completed his internship at Richmond Heights General Hospital in Richmond Heights, OH, and his family practice residency at the University of Virginia at Lynchburg.
 
Source: South Florida Hospital News [5/22/19]
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HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS - PART @
UT Podiatrist Named Senior Medical Director for Multiple Rural Hospitals 
 
Blake Zobell, DPM has served as the Medical Director for Sevier Valley Hospital under the Intermountain Healthcare System. He was recently promoted as the Senior Rural Medical Directors over 7 rural hospitals under the Intermountain Healthcare System in Utah and Idaho.
 
Dr. Blake Zobell
 
Dr. Zobell graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1991. He completed his residency in podiatric surgery at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in1993. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
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RELEVANT RESEARCH
Tramadol Tied to Higher Risk for Prolonged Use Than Other Opioids
 
Surgical patients who received tramadol alone for post-operative pain were 47% more likely to develop persistent opioid use and 41% more likely to become chronic opioid users compared with patients who received other short-acting opioids. 
 
Tramadol, which is scheduled at a lower risk level than hydrocodone or oxycodone, has seen a surge in usage in recent years for post-operative pain and currently is one of the most commonly prescribed opioids in the U.S. The study authors suggest the FDA should consider rescheduling tramadol to a higher risk level.
 
Source: Antara Ghosh, Univadis [5/16/19] via Dr. Allen Jacobs
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HIPAA UPDATE
$4.3M HIPAA Fine a Stark Reminder to Secure Mobile Devices
 
HIPAA compliance is back in the headlines, and in a big way. Last month, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center filed an appeal claiming the $4.3 million HIPAA fine imposed on the hospital by HHS was unlawful. The fine was in response to three data breaches involving the theft of an unencrypted laptop and the loss of two unencrypted flash drives.
 
According to the 2018 Cost of Data Breach study conducted by Ponemon Institute, 25 percent of data breaches in the U.S. are caused by human error (as was the case with MD Anderson). Mobile devices are left out in the open where they are easily stolen or forgotten. These same devices are discarded without being properly wiped clean of stored data. Educating healthcare employees on the impact their actions have on compliance and PHI security is essential to keeping data safe.
 
Source: Mark Mele, Health Data Management [5/22/19]
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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
Clean up the A/R Before Putting the Practice on the Market - Part 3
 
Thinking of selling your practice?  Looking to be acquired by the hospital? Merging with another group? If you’re contemplating any of these scenarios, it’s time to clean up the accounts receivable (A/R). And even if you’re not, routinely cleaning up the A/R is a sound business practice. Develop an A/R work plan in three steps. 
 
3. Parcel the work in manageable pieces. - Tackling A/R can feel like a daunting task, even for the most seasoned of teams. In order to set deadlines and milestones, determine how long on average it takes to work an account. For general planning purposes, budget five minutes per account. It’s also important to parcel the work in manageable pieces. For example, rather than focusing on 200 accounts that would take approximately 17 hours to complete, focus on 50 accounts that takes just over 4 hours to complete. Set daily goals along with weekly goals. 
 
Source: Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA, Physicians Practice [5/15/19]
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QUERIES (CLINICAL)
Query: DVT Following Use of Rolling Knee Scooter?
 
I treated a patient with a rolling knee scooter for a ligament tear in conjunction with a CAM walker in an otherwise healthy moderately overweight non-smoking patient. He returned after about 2-3 weeks of use with swelling of the foot and lower leg. The initial ultrasound was negative for DVT. A week later, a repeat test was positive for a femoral DVT. I have seen only one anecdotal report of a DVT following use of a knee scooter and one article suggesting it as a possible complication. Yet, the timing seems too coincidental not to be directly causative. Have colleagues seen this complication in patients who have used knee scooters?
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CODINGLINE CORNER)
From: Michael J. King, DPM
 
I need to respectfully disagree with my esteemed colleague Dr. Kinberg on the Swift therapy coverage. I see potentially great confusion among coders as the Swift technology will eventually lead to a "destruction" of a verrucous type lesion but it is not really destructive. I have wrestled myself with this technology as it has been showing eventual destruction of the lesions in question via its mechanism of action...but not truly a visible destruction. 
 
CPT 17110 describes a “destruction”. It is for that reason I feel this is not appropriate to use when using Swift. Swift delivers low-dose microwave energy that does not cause any destruction. Rather, it triggers an immune cascade. It does not destroy anything. There is no CPT code for using technology that triggers an immune cascade. Therefore, in my opinion, this should be a cash service. 
 
Michael J. King, DPM, Medical Director, Upperline Healthcare, Inc.

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Would you call this a "roller coaster loafer"? (Photo: Bart Jannink)

Source: Hetty Kelderman via Virtual Shoe Museum

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MEETING NOTICES

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PM PODIATRY HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON

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PM News subscribers are invited to see Dr. Mendicino and Mr. Jackson inducted into the PM Podiatry Hall of Fame, including roasts by special guests. 

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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SW GEORGIA 
 
Looking for a FT podiatrist in an established busy practice in Southwest GA. Applicant must be BQ/BC. Applicant must be able to provide a full range of podiatry services including foot surgery. This is a great community for raising a family/fishing/hunting/etc.  Please send all CV to admin@tfacllc.org
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – ALABAMA
 
Love the beach?  Busy, established practice located in a coastal community is looking for a full-time or part-time podiatrist!  ABFAS board qualification or certification is required.  Must be motivated, hardworking, positive, and dedicated to growing the practice and individual career and reputation.  Must have great people skills, caring bedside manner, and positive demeanor.  Must work well with staff and local medical community.  Competitive pay and partnership track available.  Send CV and contact information to: manager@southbaldwinpodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – LOS ANGELES, CA
 
Established multispecialty private practice group seeking well trained and ambitious specialist to treat podiatry and wound care patients. Expertise in complex and chronic wounds is needed but residency or wound care certification not required. Full-time and well compensated based on a private practice productivity model with salary and benefits guaranteed. Our experienced team provides beautiful, fully equipped offices with on-site ASCs. We provide trained office staff, marketing and expert revenue cycle management, ensuring doctors can focus on patient care. Excellent opportunity to build a great wound care and podiatry practice as part of a reputable and established company. TWCCJobs@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS –  UPSTATE NY, TX, PA, FL, DE, IA, MD, & KY
 
A provider of high quality podiatric care in nursing facilities is looking for podiatrists to treat patients. We are a fast growing company looking for motivated, caring podiatrists. Full-time and part-time positions available. Please send your CV & cover letter to office@easternpodiatrypllc.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA 
 
Searching for a FT DPM for a growing 2 office location practice. Must be compassionate and able to provide general podiatry care, wound care and surgery.  VA license and BQ/BC preferred.  Base + Bonus, health and IRA. Please email sara.bouraee@gmail.com with subject HRFAS POD OPP
 
FULL OR PART-TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA 
 
Home Foot Care, Inc. Mobile Podiatrists  needed to see homebound patients in San Bernardino/Riverside, Lancaster/Palmdale, Ventura/Oxnard, Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley. Choose your own days/hours, excellent monthly compensation, cloud-based EHR, dedicated support staff. If interested, email CV to: homefootcare@hotmail.com our website: www.footdocs2u.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WESTERN WASHINGTON STATE
 
Seeking a PT or FT associate for a well-established private group practice. Candidates must be proficient in surgery and office based podiatry. 4 office locations and surgery center. Competitive pay and partnership track available. send resume to podiatryjobwa@yahoo.com
 
PODIATRIST POSITION – SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Work and live in one of the greatest states for outdoor fun and recreation. Centrally located 2 hours from the mountains and the ocean, well established practice of 21 years seeking an associate for its rapidly growing and expanding office. Must be board qualified/certified by ABFAS. Looking for someone with great people skills who is dedicated to putting in the effort to grow the practice. No traveling, no nursing homes. You must have SC podiatry license and next test date is June 1. Please send cover letter and CV to docdan@earthlink.net
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE – NORTH CAROLINA 
 
New associate position that can lead to partnership. We are a very busy practice providing care in both office and hospital settings. We are fully integrated in a large tertiary teaching hospital. We are located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. Research opportunities are available. Applicant should be ethical, personable, hardworking, and committed to quality patient care. We are offering a competitive salary with bonus opportunities and a wide range of benefits. North Carolina license to practice is required for this position. All interested candidates should send a CV with 2 letters of reference to JCMOOREDPM@aol.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MASSACHUSETTS
 
Well-established, very busy, hospital-based practice located just north of Boston seeking full-time DPM.  Applicant must be ABFAS Board Qualified/Certified, comfortable with rearfoot surgery and have interest in wound care.  We are well integrated within the medical community and are active in both hospital in-patient care and out-patient clinic.  Excellent referral base and high volume of new patients. Competitive compensation and benefits package. Excellent opportunity for qualified candidate.
Please email CV to footdocsma@gmail.com
 
MOBILE PODIATRIST NEEDED - NEW JERSEY 
 
Well-established and fast growing House-call podiatry practice (www.homefootcareservices.com) is looking for Full-Time /Part time podiatrist  to do home visits to home-bound patients in NJ. Email resume - Lana.Raginsky@homefootcareservices.com
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - EAST BAY OF SAN FRANCISCO 
 
Energetic practice with completely updated technology and ready made patient base. Owner looking to relocate out-of-state. - Full service practice with ancillary services. Practice operated on a part-time basis. Employment option available. Priced to sell. Contact MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - OKLAHOMA - OKC 
 
Opportunity to buy a growing and rebuilt practice. Owner looking to downsize. Operated on a part-time basis with growing demand. Priced to sell. Turn-key operation. Contact MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 
 
Well established 30 year podiatry practice on the Coast of Texas. Busy practice with low overhead not far from large medical complex. Excellent growth potential with large active patient base. Large physician and patient referral base. Family practice residents rotate through office. Email jrgouin@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – VISALIA CALIFORNIA 
 
Extremely successful, well-established solo practice grossing $850K for the past six years. Doctor is relocating and ready to leave everything in place, including the fully functioning staff. Accepts all major insurances, Hospital and Surgical Center privileges. Serious inquiries only toptenpodiatrist@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY
 
Well established 27 year old practice. Turn-key operation. Great opportunity for established or new graduate. Excellent income potential on/off the insurance plans.  Busy walk in traffic.  1100 square foot office in multi-specialty building.  Email: gping1@yahoo.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS 
 
30 year established surgical practice East Central Illinois. Re-locating. Turn-key operation with 3 treatment rooms and surgical suite. Certified EHR. Generates $450K, price reduced to $250K (includes real estate currently listed for $150K with a local agent ). Call 217-549-1887 or email drjoe@myfeethurt.net
 
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