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January 28, 2020 #6,602 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

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How did your 2019 net income/salary compare to that of 2018?
 
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOT AND ANKLE SURGERY
FL Podiatrist Discusses Total Ankle Replacement
 
According to Christopher Reeves, DPM, "For years, the only option from a reconstruction standpoint has been ankle fusion or ankle arthrodesis where the joints actually are taken away and made stiff. Ankle placements, though they’ve been around for many years, in some form in the last 15 years or so, the new generations of implants have continued to improve." 
 
Dr. Christopher Reeves
 
"[Post-operatively] typically by six to eight weeks, we have them back into a shoe and starting to ambulate fairly comfortably without an assistive device. Well, from there still dealing with swelling, you’re still dealing with some overall general post-operative discomfort but doing well enough at that point to to start getting around a lot," says Dr. Reeves.
 
Source: Joe Crosby, Elevator Podiatrist [1/22/20]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 1
WV Podiatrist Opens New Practice
 
Catawba Valley Health System (CVHS) has announced the creation of a new foot and ankle practice, as well as the addition of Blake Weeks, DPM. Dr. Weeks is a Hickory native who most recently practiced at Raleigh General Total Foot & Ankle of Beckley, West Virginia.
 
Dr. Blake Weeks
 
Weeks graduated from the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine where he received a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. Later, he completed the Norton Kentucky Podiatric Residency Program. He is certified through the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
 
Source: Hickory Daily Record [1/26/20]
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PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY - PART 2
NJ Podiatrist joins ProActive Foot and Ankle Associates
 
Dr. Madeleine Quinn
 
Madeleine Quinn, DPM, a 2016 graduate of Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine has recently joined New Jersey’s ProActive Foot and Ankle Associates. Dr. Quinn completed her podiatric medical residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. She will be seeing patients at multiple ProActive podiatry offices throughout Bergen County.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
7 Ways to Take Back Uncompensated Time -  Part 3
 
Physicians spend a significant amount of their workdays—probably 20% or more—on uncompensated tasks thanks to a barrage of regulatory requirements, says Joseph Valenti, MD, a board member of the Physicians Foundation, a non-profit physician advocacy group. “This equates to at least $50,000 of lost revenue per physician annually,” he says. Here are some tips from board members on reducing the amount of uncompensated time you spend in your practice:
 
3. Streamline portal messages
 
Triage incoming messages and respond only to those nurses flag as requiring physician attention.
 
Source: Lisa A. Eramo, MA, Physicians Practice [1/17/20]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: New Practice, Same Patient
 
I have a new practice location in Southern California. I used to see a Blue Cross PPO patient at the previous medical group I worked for. That patient was billed under their EIN. Now, she is seen at my new office. I billed 99203, because I had to completely work her up again and used my new TIN. Both were denied. For the 99203, the denial explanation was that a new patient visit was previously submitted within the past three years. The CPT 11057 denied because it is not a covered expense of the patient’s plan. I billed 99203-25 with M7740, M79673 and CPT 11057 with L851, M79672, M79671. She has no systemic problems.
 
Shelley Gath, DPM, Arcadia, CA
 
Response: Regardless of whether or not you are in a new practice or not, if the patient was seen by you and billed in association with your NPI number within the last 3 years, then this is not considered a new patient according to the insurance company. With no systemic problems, CPT 11057 most likely would not be covered.
 
While the conversation may be a difficult one, you need to inform the patient that if they wish to continue to be seen, these services are not covered and would need to be paid out of pocket.
 
Alan Bass, DPM, CPC, Manalapan, NJ
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Robert Lee, DPM
 
Dr. Robert Edward Lee, 92, of Elk Point, devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2020, at Holy Spirit Assisted Living Facility in Sioux City, Iowa.
 
Dr. Robert Lee
 
Dr. Lee served honorably in the Army and graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in 1952. After practicing podiatry for several years, he joined the Veterans Administration and embarked on a career in hospital administration.
 
Source: Sioux City Journal [1/26/20]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: David Wolf, DPM
 
In response to Dr. David Krausse’s question:  He posits, “Does it not bother anyone that neither one of these two doctors are not board certified in foot surgery?” Really? Who cares? The only ones who are "bothered” by this are the minority of our colleagues who keep those DPMs who are not board certified off of hospital staffs and insurance plans. Unfortunately, podiatric insecurity that has its genesis in podiatric medical school is still “alive and well.”
 
As a ABFAS board certified podiatrist, I or my staff had NEVER been asked if I was board certified. “Patients don’t care what you know; they want to know that you care.” These two TLC podiatric surgeons will have, through this national exposure, a positive and infinite benefit to our profession.
 
David Wolf, DPM (Retired), Houston, TX
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (PM NEWS QUICK POLLS)
From: From: Joseph Borreggine, DPM
 
The bad news is that many physicians are saving little to nothing. According to the same study, nearly 60 percent of female doctors were not making maximum contributions to a retirement plan. Roughly 45 percent of male physicians were not either. In a 2013 survey by the American Medical Association, about half of responding physicians said they consider themselves behind in preparing for their financial futures.
 
A recent Medscape survey of physicians showed that 34 percent between the ages of 50 and 64 have a net worth under $1 million. And nearly a quarter of doctors 65 and older have a net worth under $1 million. Since a person’s net worth includes more than retirement savings, it’s likely these physicians do not have enough money for a comfortable retirement.
 
Joseph Borreggine, DPM, Port Charlotte, FL
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RE: Memorial Shoe of the Day

A pair of early Adidas, game worn, autographed shoes with the #8.
 
RIP Kobe Bryant, a true inspiration and basketball legend.
 
Part of the world's largest collection of celebrity/athletes worn shoes.
 
Hartley Miltchin DPM, Toronto, Canada
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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 
Associate podiatrist wanted for full time position in very busy, well established Southern California group practice. Competitive salary plus many benefits including license fee, DEA fee, malpractice insurance, hospital application fee and CMEs offered. Please e-mail CV to: podiatrists@icloud.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 POSITION - CALIFORNIA
 
Come Work for Us, We are a running multiple fulltime clinics thru out the greater Los Angeles area. We are seeking a talented full-time Podiatrist to join our growing team of DPMs. The right candidate will have strong clinical and surgical skills and must be able to hit the ground running. Your success is measured by how quickly you can assimilate into our protocol and procedures. Earn a very competitive salary on top of generous bonuses paid quarterly, additional benefits include medical insurance, paid vacation and holidays, and malpractice, not to mention growth opportunity up to partnership. Please send C/V to: comeworkforDPM@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - DURANGO, CO / 4-CORNERS AREA 
 
Busy 4-corners foot and ankle clinic searching for podiatrist with 3-year residency training. Practice expanding and in need of motivated doctor who can appropriately treat operative and non-operative patients. Partnership track preferred. Multiple ancillary streams available. Income Guarantee $150-200K first year. Please send CV to nlhuge@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WILMINGTON, DELAWARE 
 
Brandywine Podiatry an eight doctor with five full time offices is looking for a BQ/BS PMSR-36 doctor. Send CV to " savage6026@comcast.net 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTHWEST, FL
 
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 - AUGUSTA, GA 
 
Established group practice seeking PSR 36, Associate lead to Partnership/Ownership. Includes EMR, PADNet, DME, Hospital privileges. All phases of podiatry with wide open opportunities in rearfoot and ankle. Senior doctor retiring at end of year with full patient load to work into. Reply: kkronowski1@comcast.net
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ROCHESTER NY/FINGER LAKES 
 
Excellent opportunity for a motivated DPM with option leading to partnership in a two DPM 3 location well established busy practice.  Excellent referral base, full scope.  Excellent salary and benefits. Fax Resume and contact info to (585) 381-0883.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – CENTRAL NEW YORK 
 
Multi-doctor, multi-office podiatric practice looking for a full-time associate to support our growing patient demand. Candidates must be highly motivated, hardworking, and exhibit excellent bedside manner. Competitive salary (base + bonus) offered with benefits. Four season fun abounds in beautiful Central New York. Must be actively seeking Board Certification or already Board Qualified or Board Certified. Send CV to Practice Manager at info@westsidepodiatrycenter.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - WASHINGTON
 
Successful, well rounded multi office podiatry practice with lasers, digital x-rays, mini C-arm imaging, diagnostic ultrasound, diagnostic vascular, shockwave therapy, therapeutic laser and SANEXAS seeking: highly motivated, hard-working podiatrist proficient in forefoot and rearfoot surgery. Compensation 120K base salary + unlimited production bonus, PTO, Health ins, Malpractice coverage, Partnership opportunity, CME credits, Our clinics are located in Kirkland, Everett, Renton. We also visit some nursing homes. Please send CV to seattlefootdoctor@yahoo.com
 
FULL TIME PODIATRIST - NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
 
We are a fast-growing podiatry practice in North Jersey with multiple locations and Doctors.  We are currently looking for a full-time motivated and caring doctor to join our busy practice. Some benefits include: competitive six-figure salary, generous bonus structure, health insurance (including vision & dental), paid vacation time off, paid malpractice insurance and CME time off. Great prospects for experienced doctors as well as new associates. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your Podiatric medical and surgical experience in an office-based practice! If interested, please submit your CV to DrSamofal@PodiatryCenterNJ.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION -TEAM PFC – SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Physicians Footcare, SC largest provider of foot & ankle services, is seeking a highly skilled and personable physician to join our TEAM.  If you are ready to live, work, and play comfortably; send letter of interest and CV to: scdpmjobs@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE/PURCHASE - ILLINOIS (CHICAGO & SUBURBAN) 
 
Associate/purchase opportunity for 2 location 30 year well-established and respected practice. Great mix of general, sports medicine, PT/ rehab, surgery, diabetic care, functional medicine, and lots of retail/DME products for excellent cash flow. Fantastic opportunity for a well-rounded and trained DPM! Surgical board tract necessary. Excellent and stable staff. Practice owner desires easy and transparent purchase transition supporting retirement within 3-5 years. Mentorship regarding the practice, and unique aspects of their expertise including; sports medicine, functional medicine and practice management. Control your own destiny, this practice is waiting for you! For more details contact Mcrosby518@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE  POSITION – TEXAS 
 
Successful, well rounded multi office podiatry practice with laser, digital x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound, and ancillary services including a shoe store and on-site physical therapy: seeking highly motivated, hard-working podiatrist proficient in forefoot and rearfoot surgery as well as sports medicine and biomechanics. Compensation includes base salary + unlimited production bonus, Partnership opportunity, as well as surgery center and imaging center investment opportunities. Replacing 25 year partner who is retiring and has a busy sports medicine and surgical practice. Our clinics are located in Grapevine and Keller, Texas – right in the heart of the DFW metroplex. Please send CV to crane@faant.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. LOUIS 
 
Group practice immediately seeking DPM. Must have MO license. Good mix of clinical/surgical work; no travel. Part or full-time. Full-time includes malpractice, health insurance, 401k, professional fees. Please send CV to mopodgroup@gmail.com.
 
FRIDAY IMMEDIATE COVERAGE NEEDED – MANHATTAN 
 
Well established Park Avenue practice seeking experienced podiatrist for immediate hire Great start for right individual. Email healthyfeetny@gmail.com with short intro and CV with references. Full scope of podiatric medicine and surgery with in-office fluoroscopy and lasers.
 
FULL-TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION – FLORIDA PANHANDLE 
 
Immediate position available for hard-working, motivated individual in a well-established practice. Equal mix of primary care and surgery. Excellent opportunity to get on all insurance panels. Board qualified/Certified with ABPS preferred. Competitive salary and benefit package. Please email CV and letter of interest to kmoore@feetareneat.com.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - ELLMAN ELECTROSURGICAL SURGITRON
 
Ellman Electrosurgical Surgitron, with multiple assorted electrodes, neutral plate, foot pedal. Excellent condition. Must sell. Excellent for soft tissue and nail surgery and for coagulation for open surgery. Pictures and price upon request.  Contact: ksherkin@gmail.com
 
PHILADELPHIA AREA HOME CARE PRACTICE FOR SALE 
 
Established ten years. Broad referral base includes Home Care & Hospice departments of Penn, Main Line Health, Crozier-Keystone, VA. Mercy, VNA, Private Agencies, MD/DOs & DPMs not doing house calls. Territory includes Philadelphia, Delaware Counties & Main Line. Medicare & Cash Only. Low Overhead! Huge number of homebound patients need care. Great expansion potential into Bucks & Chester counties & world of Managed Care. Leonard Goldsmith, DPM  610-529-7505. captlengoldsmith1@comcast.net
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - ELYRIA, OH 
 
Thriving, active 35+ year practice in Elyria, Ohio for immediate sale. Modern office building with three treatment rooms, accredited surgical suite, nail spa, PT suite, DME, modern technology including x-ray and fluoroscan. All aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery. Fantastic opportunity to purchase a well-established practice. Contact ngcostaras@gmail.com.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – BRONX, NY
 
Busy long standing practice in central location. Looking to transition someone to run the practice or can purchase outright. Office has new equipment including digital x-ray and large treatment areas. Serious inquiries only. Please email for more info. feetny56@gmail.com 
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA
 
30 yr surgical practice 50% ankle/rearfoot. Modern building (seller owned) 1 block from Hosp. PCP, Ortho, urgent care surgical referrals. Will stay for transition. Contracts with ACO and panels transferable. Dedicated staff willing to stay on. Recent grads could acquire enough cases for boards in the first year. Anklepractice@yahoo.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – JUPITER, FLORIDA 
 
Thriving almost full-time practice for sale. All aspects foot & ankle medicine and surgery. Modern office and technology. Located in Jupiter, Florida. Near to hospitals and outpatient facilities. For more information contact: JupiterPodiatry214@gmail.com
 
HOME OFFICE FOR SALE- FOREST HILLS, NEW YORK
 
BEAUTIFUL Home office for Sale, or just fully functional office rental in Forest Hills. Great traffic, existing patients, turn-key operation, fully equipped, Digital x-rays, etc. A must see. Please Contact Dr. Silva for any questions regarding the property on his cell anytime: (917)-589-1870.
 
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Whether you have used equipment to sell or are offering an associate position, PM News classified ads are the fastest, most-effective way of reaching over 18,000 subscribers. For details, click here or write to: bblock@prodigy.net or call (718) 897-9700 for details. For commercial or display ads contact David Kagan at davidekagan@gmail.com  or call (215) 808-0770.
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