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February 03, 2015 #5,286 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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MEETING NEWS
AAFAS Holds International Seminar on MIS Foot Surgery at LSU 
 
TheTAcademy of Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Surgery (AAFAS) hosted an international seminar on minimally invasive foot surgery (MIS) at Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical School Jan 22-24. 61 podiatrists and orthopedists attended from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Most of the instructors are internationally-recognized for their publications and have some of the largest foot surgical practices in the world. The course consisted of a cadaver lab and lectures for the latest MIS procedures pertaining to forefoot, rearfoot, and ankle surgery. The procedures discussed included MIS treatment of: bone spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, heel pain, and other foot deformities.
 
Attendees at AAFAS International Seminar on MIS Foot Surgery at LSU.
 
New and improved MIS surgical techniques were presented featuring: metatarsal osteotomies, bunionectomies, and tarsal tunnel surgery. There were comprehensive biomechanical lectures and radiographic considerations for choosing surgical procedures and orthotic selection as well as interactive labs for treating and evaluating patients. Future meetings in Puerto Vallarta, Philadelphia, Miami, and New York will be held this year.

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PODIATRISTS AND DIABETES
AZ Podiatrist Frustrated by Diplomatic Red Tape for Cuban Diabetes Drug
 
For frustrated American physicians battling to save the feet and legs of tens of thousands of diabetic patients, it may be a long wait before Heberprot-P, a much-heralded limb-saving Cuban drug can legally make the 90-mile trip to U.S. shores. A proven drug that will thwart flesh-destroying diabetic wounds is desperately sought by physicians throughout the world, according to Dr. David Armstrong, professor of surgery and director of the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance. 
 
Dr. David Armstrong at Cuban wound healing facility.
 
“It just rips me apart to know that there may be something out there that has the potential to save limbs and we can’t get a chance to test it because of politics rather than public health,” Armstrong said in an interview. Each year, he and his team at the Tucson medical center spend hours in operating rooms trying to save the lower limbs of more than 11,000 patients from around the world. “So far this year, there have been several patients who may have benefited from a study of the type needed for the Cuban drug,” he said.
 
Source: Andrew Schneider, Fair Warning [1/15/15]

Dr. Remedy


PODIATRISTS IN THE COMMUNITY
WA Podiatrists Join The Polyclinic Ballard
 
The Polyclinic Ballard has announced that Drs. Daniel Lowinger and Sarah Burns have joined the Polyclinic. Dr. Lowinger is board certified in reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He completed his surgical training at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, where he focused on reconstructive surgery and trauma.  
 
Drs. Sarah Burns and Daniel Lowinger
 
Dr. Burns attended the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago, IL at the Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She received her residency training in a comprehensive foot and ankle surgical program at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, MI.

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SUCCESS TIPS FROM THE MASTERS
Bret Ribotsky: Since diabetic feet issues are so prevalent, why aren't podiatrists treated like rock stars by the public?
Dr. David Armstrong
 
David Armstrong: Since 2009, the number of deaths of people who died from communicable diseases (injections, plague, etc.) was surpassed by the number who died from non-communicable diseases (diabetes, cancer, heart disease). We are moving into a period of death by decay. But since diabetes is a slow decay, the general population does not give it the attention it should, and often many people assume diabetes does not kill the patients. It is the other diseases that diabetes silently accelerates such as heart  and renal disease that get the attention.
 
Dr. Michael Brody
 
Meet the Masters airs live every Tuesday night. This week's guest will be EHR and compliance authority Dr. Michael BrodyYou can register for this and future events by clicking here

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QUERIES (EMR)
Query: Eclinical, CareCloud, MediFusion
 
We are in the process of evaluating these 3 companies for EMR/EHR: Eclinical, CareCloud, MediFusion. Does anyone have any comments on any of these systems? 
 
Manny Moy, DPM, Portland, OR

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES)
RE: The Passing of Scott Kaye, DPM
 
It is with much sadness that I advise the podiatric community of the recent passing of my friend, former associate, and our podiatric colleague, Scott Kaye, DPM, on January 22nd. Dr. Kaye was medically retired from practice several years ago after a fall on ice and the resulting traumatic brain injury that left him partially disabled. He was a decent man and loving supporter to his life partner Mary, a kind father to his sons, Ross and Matt, and he maintained a cordial relationship with his former wife Margie. His family, patients, and friends have lost a good man.
 
Jeff Kittay, DPM, Brighton, MA

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1
RE: Kudos to JM Orthotics
From: Michael J. Schneider, DPM, Denver, CO
 
Thanks and Kudos to JM orthotics for their recent donation of orthotics to the Denver Rescue Mission. To date, JM Orthotics has donated over 200 pair of orthotics to the Denver Rescue Mission in Colorado. Many of these patients just walk the streets every day and come in with broken down shoes and in pain. The appreciation and gratitude they express is sometimes overwhelming. 
 
Michael J. Schneider, DPM, Denver, CO

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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2
From: Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM
 
I am very concerned about a recent group of discussions on PM News about patient co-insurances and deductibles, and the difficulty in collecting them. And it is getting much worse. As we know, it is often AGAINST the law to forgive deductibles and co-insurances, especially from Medicare/Medicaid patients. 
 
1. By "forgiving" a deductible and co-insurance, or at least not making a stern attempt to collect it, you are basically charging "less" for the procedure/service than you are actually billing for. This could be considered fraudulent under...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Rosenblatt's extended-length letter can be read here
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 1
From: William Deutsch, DPM
 
Out of sheer boredom, I Googled Dr. Ira Bernstein and his practice website appeared. It's very impressive. His staff is well credentialed; each listed staff member having had multiple years of post-doctoral training and hospital experience and board certifications. These are not physicians with simply a DPM and a shingle. Being involved in malpractice litigation is never pleasant and can adversely affect the psyche as well as the practice. As PM News has repeatedly shown, in many cases, the plaintiff is awarded $0, having failed to prove the doctor was liable, despite the patient being displeased with the surgical result.
 
That being said, I have to wonder about the judgement of performing bunion surgery on a 12 year old. 
 
William Deutsch, DPM, Valley Stream, NY 

Dr.Comfort


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES) - PART 2
From: Ron Freireich, DPM
 
Are you kidding me? Has anyone checked today’s date? It’s February 1, 2015 and CMS has announced its intention to initiate rule-making to change meaningful use participation requirements starting in 2015. Someone needs to tell CMS it is 2015. One such change is shortening the reporting period in 2015 to 90 days. What’s going to happen next year and the year after? Most likely reporting for the full year on all the measures on all our patients or be penalized. 
 
After all the webinars, training of staff, discussions at academy meetings and with colleagues as well as making changes in the daily workflows in the office to meet these meaningless measures, CMS is now going to...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Freireich's extended-length letter can be read here.

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Podiatric Gifts

What to eat during the big "foot" ball game?

I received this gift from a patient today.

Dr. Lori Weisenfeld, NY, NY 

MEETING NOTICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE -  NORTH GEORGIA/CHATTANOOGA AREA 
 
Busy group practice located in Chattanooga area seeking a growth-oriented individual with a strong work ethic to join our expanding 5 physician TEAM. Must have PM&S 36.  Established patient base with tremendous growth opportunity. Associate with partnership potential. Chattanooga offers a strong music and arts culture, unrivaled outdoor amenities, and a government/populace committed to sustainable development. Competitive Salary and benefits. Email cover letter and CV to hr@advfootcare.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MICHIGAN
 
Multi-doctor practice looking to add associate for two offices in Flint, MI area. Partnership opportunity for right person. We are looking for a surgically proficient doctor. Rearfoot/ankle training is a plus, but not a necessity. Competitive salary with paid vacation and seminars. Patient schedule available “now” from a retiring associate. Email resume to giordanodpm@hotmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - MULTI-SPECIALTY GROUP IN LOS ANGELES
 
Join the group/ limb preservation team and our teaching faculty. Must be well trained in limb preservation, trauma, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Starting guaranteed base salary of 120,000/yr with incentives & benefits. Send CV with 3 references to podiatricri@yahoo.com attention Stan Mathis, DPM
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NYC
 
New York City Podiatry office seeking an Associate. Part-time or Full-time. Please send  resumepodiatry053@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - TEXAS
 
Seeking three-year surgically trained podiatrist for busy podiatric medical and surgical practice in Texas. Must be hard-working,   open to direction, and willing to do all phases of podiatric foot and ankle care. Please send CV, and salary hi bblock@podiatrym.comstory  to: jmh6122@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - EAST ORANGE, NJ 
 
Part time or Full time position available in modern up-to-date practice. PSR 24-36 trained individual, but previous practice experience a plus. Looking for the right person to buy into the practice within 1 year. Send CV to DRFOOT44@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - PT/FT - NY (WESTCHESTER/ROCKLAND) 
 
Well-established, cutting-edge, modern private practice in multi-specialty office with over 45 years experience looking to hire an enthusiastic and passionate Podiatrist for PT/FT.  We serve the Rockland, Westchester, and entire Tri-State Areas successfully with full diagnostic and treatment facilities, including: Fluoroscope, Diagnostic Sonogram, PinPointe Laser, Juvederm, ESWT, and in-house physical therapy.  Affiliated with local hospitals and privileges available.  Surgical skills preferred but not required.  Join our friendly and knowledgeable office staff with decades of experience! An entrepreneurial and medical opportunity combined! Guaranteed signing bonus.  Send CV and cover letter to: linchpindpm@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – MIAMI, FL
 
Associate needed - house calls, etc. Miami, Dade, Florida. Please contact Lcohn1952@aol.com 305-338-4668
 
IMMEDIATE POSITIONS AVAILABLE - BUFFALO,  ALBANY, AND SYRACUSE NEW YORK 
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and surrounding areas.  Great opportunity for full-time or part-time income. Positions available immediately! Emailbblock@podiatrym.com inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – FL 
 
BQ in Foot & RA required: candidate for 1 year post-residency fellowship in FL. Add to your knowledge and skills on: Reconstructive RRA surgery, arthroscopy of STJ / ankle, sports medicine and practice management. ACFAS poster and research project. Starts 8/2015. Send resumes to: mny1029@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – TEXAS 
 
Seeking three-year surgically trained podiatrist for busy podiatric medical and surgical practice in Texas. Must be hard-working, open to direction, and willing to do all phases of podiatric foot and ankle care. Please send CV, and salary history to: jmh6122@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - INDIANAPOLIS METRO NORTHEAST 
 
If you are a talented and well-liked experienced surgeon, resident, or fellow who wants to develop a career in Indiana, we can make it happen. We are looking to expand service lines. If you have the drive to do what it takes, step forward. Change your life.  100-125K+, benefits and malpractice. Send cover letter, CV, and references to john.lloyd@lloydpodiatry.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SAN JOSE, CA
 
Podiatry and Mani Pedi Spa Practice for sale. Located in the Medical Center with a strong Brand Name and Internet Presence. This cash practice grossed $349,000 with office based Podiatry care plus Manicures, Pedicures, and Skin Care with a fully trained staff. The sale includes a modern office with four treatment rooms, patient’s lists on EMR, web site and a Pinpoint Foot Laser. This is a “turn-key” practice. Ready for full-time expansion. Price to sell $84,000. Email: schrisdpm@sbcglobal.net Website: www.NeatFeetPlus.com 
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – TUCSON, ARIZONA 
 
Tired of cold, clouds, congestion and crazy cost-of-living? Consider warm, sunny, dry and affordable Tucson. Retiring after 35 enjoyable, rewarding years. Well-rounded, well-respected solo practice begun in 1951 by previous DPM. Same central location. Truly unique opportunity to assume tastefully landscaped 3000 sq. ft. well-maintained home/office on 12,350 sq. ft. property; 12 car parking. Potential for 2 DPMs, in-office surgery or wound care. Have control over your professional life with this smart investment. Details:gdshapiro@comcast.net
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - Q-CLEAR MULTI-FUNCTION LASER 
 
Q-Clear Laser Multi-function laser, FDA-cleared Fungus Toenails, and Warts. Less than three years old. Excellent condition, includes training certification and  marketing materials.  e-mail Footcare@comcast. net
 
DIABETIC FOOT AND WOUND FELLOWSHIP – DALLAS, TX  
 
One position for a 12-month TMB-approved Diabetic Foot and Wound fellowship beginning July 1, 2015. Candidate must have completed a podiatric residency/plastic surgical residency/general surgery residency and be eligible for Texas Medical License. Training involves all aspect of diabetic foot management. Curriculum focuses on surgical limb salvage, and medical management of the complex wound patient. Interested candidates should email their CV, personal statement and 3 letters of recommendation to: amanda.murden@utsouthwestern.edu. UT Southwestern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
 
POSITION WANTED 
 
3rd year surgical resident seeking position starting this summer. Looking to help practice grow for a potential long-term position. Self motivated, hard working, honest and personable. Well trained in all facets of podiatry including rearfoot, ankle, reconstruction and trauma, in addition to wound care and general podiatry. Specific interest in sports medicine and trauma. From Chicagoland with ties to the Midwest. Currently looking in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado, but willing to move for the right situation. Please contact me at PMNewsAd@gmail.com if interested.
 
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