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September 30, 2020 #6,778 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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ANNUAL SURVEY NOW ONLINE - WIN VALUABLE PRIZES
LAST WEEK TO ENTER & VOTE FOR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
 
Congratulations to David Alper, DPM of Belmont, MA winner of last week's prize of $500 donated by Dr. Robert Smith. We encourage you to participate in this year's important annual survey. Completing this anonymous survey provides us with valuable data, which we will publish in the February 2021 issue of Podiatry ManagementIt also makes you eligible to win thousands of dollars worth of valuable prizes. Enter by completing this confidential survey and providing your e-mail address in the comments section on the last page of the survey. The earlier you enter, the more chances you have to win. NOTEWe are only requesting Information from 2019 (Pre-COVID-19) .
 
How to Win Medicare Appeals
 
 
***This is also your last 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 COMMUNITY
MO Podiatrist Bikes 200 Miles for Multiple Sclerosis
 
Two mid-Missouri locals rode 200 miles to spread awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and to help Bike MS of the National MS Society. David Dragoo, DPM and Michael Myers are two cyclists who participate in Bike MS every year, which is an organization that holds bike rides to help raise funds to research MS and help those with the disease. 
 
Dr. David Dragoo
 
Dr. Dragoo, who is also the Chief of the Podiatry Section at the Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital, said his patients are some of his main motivators in completing this ride. “One of the reasons I love doing this is that my patients with MS come up to me and just shake my hand and say 'Doc thanks for doing this, we really appreciate what you're doing,'” Dragoo said.
 
Source: Liam Garrity, KOMU-8 [[9/27/20]
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PUBLISHED PODIATRISTS
MD/DC Podiatrists Publish 2 Articles in AJCR
 
Ian Beiser, DPM and Gene S. Mirkin, DPM recently published an article titled, "Mycosis Fungoides Palmaris et Plantaris on the Plantar Aspect of the Foot: A Case Report" in the American Journal of Case Reports (AJCR).
 
(L-R) Drs. Ian Beiser, Gene Mirkin, and Lee Firestone
 
Lee Firestone, DPM and Gene S. Mirkin, DPM recently published an article titled, "Molluscum Contagiosum on the Sole of the Foot in an Elderly Patient: A Case Report" in AJCR.
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MEETING NEWS
PRESENT Runs First Virtual Residency Education Summit
 
PRESENT ran its annual East and Midwest Residency Education Summit as a combined virtual streaming conference this week. The 18th Residency Rumble academic game show for residents took place online for the first time. This year, due to the limits of the online version of the game show software, instead of residency programs competing as teams, residents competed as individuals. The following winners were announced: Jonathan Fung, DPM from Englewood Hospital & Med Center, under the able leadership of Jeffrey Cohen, DPM, took 1st Place and won the grand prize. 
 
Dr. Harold Schoenhaus at Residency Rumble
 
Robert Boguski, DPM earned 2nd Place from Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI, where Marshall Solomon, DPM has been Director for more than 30 years and has trained a generation of very fine residents. Morgan Gallo, DPM from LECOM Health/Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, PA, directed by Jason Lee, DPM, came in 3rd Place. Lex Barte, DPM, also from LECOM Health/Millcreek Community Hospital, came in 4th Place. Gina Nguyen, DPM, from the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center program directed by Marie Williams, DPM, DHL took 5th Place.
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PODIATRIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN THE NEWS
Stryker Launches Nailing System to Treat Foot Conditions
 
Stryker has announed that it has launched its T2 ICF intramedullary nailing system. The new system is meant to help people suffering from serious foot conditions including Charcot foot, which can arise among people with diabetes and cause poor bone quality and potential nerve damage and foot ulcers.
 
Dr. William Simon
 
The medial and lateral column nail provides rigid fixation with the ability to apply up to 10 mm of compression through the nail, according to William Simon, DPM, a podiatrist at Bayview Physicians Group and designer of the T2 ICF nail. “The stable nail is designed to be compatible with cross screws to help prevent nail back-out, and the large nail diameters are intended to help prevent nail breakage.”
 
Source: Chris Newmarker, Mass Device [9/28/20]
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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
Tips for Treating Deaf Patients - Part 5
 
September is Deaf Awareness Month; these tips will help patients who are deaf have better medical experiences.
 
5. Interpreter etiquette
  • When using an interpreter, position the interpreter next to you, if possible. Speak as if you were conversing with the patient with no one else in the room. Look at the patient while speaking, especially if they are lip readers, so they can see your face.
  • Deaf patients will use facial expressions or their whole bodies to convey information and is a normal part of sign language. Because of this, look at the patient while they are signing and not the interpreter to pick up on these cues. Consider what your own body is conveying to the patient as well.
Source: Christine Marshall, MD, MBA, Physicians Practice [9/15/20]
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MEDICAL-LEGAL TIP OF THE DAY
Presenting Your Medicare Case to the ALJ- Part 3
 
7. How will the hearing proceed? On camera, the judge will take her seat at the judge’s bench and, after identifying herself, will ask you to identify yourself and anyone else in the room with you. The judge will want everyone in the room with you in view of the camera. Please note: I will use the pronoun “her” to describe the judge rather than writing“him/her” every time I refer to the judge. I will use the term “provider” to mean the provider and/or the provider’s attorney throughout the rest of this section. I will use the term “service” to mean either a service or supply.
 
8. What happens after the judge identifies everyone in the room? The judge will make some introductory remarks for the record, such as the date, the case number, and so on. The judge will then swear in the provider and any witness(es).
 
9. What should you do if the judge states your letter brief was compelling on the issues? If the judge tells you, during opening remarks, that she found your letter brief to be compelling/convincing on the issues, do not torture her by sticking with your pre-determined outline for the hearing. Ask the judge to give you guidance as to what the Court would like to hear, if anything, regarding the issues before the Court. Do not wrestle defeat from the jaws of victory.
 
Source: David Mullens, DPM, JD, How to Win Medicare Appeals
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1
From: Keith L. Gurnick, DPM
 
Some, but not all patients have little respect for doctors and your time and office space commitment to them. If you force patients to give you an upfront "scheduling" deposit on their credit card and then they do not show up, too many of them will send in a dispute to their credit card company who will almost always side in favor of the patient and refund the money you took as a deposit. Credit card companies almost always side with the cardholder. That is just the way it works, and it just isn't worth the time or trouble to do what you are suggesting.
 
If you want to charge for "no shows", then you should do it the old fashion way. Simply post your policy in your office reception room, and also include it with your new patient intake paper work and also any mailings to patients. Inform your patients in advance on the phone when they schedule, and enforce your policy by sending a reasonable bill for the "no shows" or late cancellations, and enforce your policy by collecting the money.
 
Keith L. Gurnick, DPM, Los Angeles, CA
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2
From: Jane E. Graebner, DPM
 
One solution I have initiated in my office is creating a position called New Patient Coordinator. One of my 70+ year old employees whose only job prior to COVID-19 was visiting referral physician offices wanted to only work from home. Her duty is to call every new patient (or new problem which is someone who has been to our practice before but not recently and has a new foot/ankle problem) who are booked for one hour in our practice (1/2 hour with staff member and 1/2 hour with provider). She covers things like:
1) COVID-19 questions
2) Office location
3) Insurance coverage (to make sure we are in-network)
4) Referral source
5) Name they would like to be called
6) How they are completing their paperwork (i.e. portal, mailed, printed from website)
7) Confirming they are really a new patient (i.e. never been treated in our practice prior to this)
 
She even calls NPs after their first visit (within a week) and asks if they understand their treatment plan, etc. which gives us feedback about how we are doing. So far, this experiment has been good. Although the no show rate has not been lowered (which was my primary goal), the use of our portal has increased to 50% and the number of NPs who show up at time of appointment without any paperwork filled out has diminished as well, which helps keep us on schedule. You might want to try this for your practice.  
 
Jane E. Graebner, DPM, Delaware, OH
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CODINGLINE CORNER)
From: David Secord, DPM
 
I disagree with Dr. Freedman on his suggesting “code CPT 64632-Destruction by neurolytic agent; plantar common digital nerve” in response to Dr. Valentine’s inquiry on how to bill a 4% absolute alcohol in local anaesthesia injection. As a 4% concentration of absolute alcohol won’t sclerose anything, it isn’t destroying anything. The proof is that if the injection caused destruction, you’d only need one, and not a series. This reminds me of the CPT 64640 coding canard from long ago. I’ll leave the explanation to the excellent and much missed, late Harry Goldsmith, who commented upon the topic back in 2011:
 
"Sclerosing is a term that implies a change to the tissue, in this case, nerve. It is not necessarily associated with destruction. Typically, your alcohol product package insert will note that 40% or greater alcohol solutions are destructive to  Morton's neuroma -  because you are not injecting ...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Secord's extended-length letter can be read here
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Strange way to carry extra laces?

Source: Jarah Stoop via Virtual Shoe Museum

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Rapidly growing podiatry practice is seeking a personable, outgoing and self-motivated individual, who is competent in office-based practices but also enjoys all aspects of podiatry.  Position available immediately and offers competitive compensation. Please send CV and letter of interest to podiatrystlouis@gmail.com
 
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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
 
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Opportunity available for new Associate/Graduate for Immediate start in modern practice located in NYC. In search of hard working flexible podiatrist with firm verifiable clinical and surgical experience who is willing to travel as needed.  In PDF form, email a letter of interest and resume with references to nynypod7@aol.com for consideration. If both are not received, there will be no consideration. Compensation will be discussed.
 
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Immediate position for busy practice in Sunny Southwest, FL. ABFAS RRA BC/BQ. EMR, E x-rays, US, DME.  Base salary + bonus w, PTO, 401K, fees, health benefits. Also 1 ACFAS credentialed fellowship avail, must be BC by start of program 8/2021:  DrLam@NaplesPodiatrist.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – KENTUCKY
 
Associate positions available for well-trained, compassionate physician for busy, established offices in Southern Kentucky. Wide range of services to be offered with ancillary services onsite. Generous salary with incentive/full benefits and partnership opportunity.  Email CV and cover letter to: Kyfootdr@gmail.com 
 
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Selling 3 part-time general podiatry offices, together or separately, well established, excellent growth potential in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Rego Park, Queens and Franklin Square, Long Island. All fully equipped with very low overhead. Priced to sell. Turn-key, will transition.  Great starter office or secondary office. wperez1000@gmail.com
 
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